Outrage in Seattle: protesters set a communal independent zone to show police is useless

Protesters have erected an “autonomous zone,” with tents, free food, art-making, and rallies. Films are being screened on a projector in the evenings.

The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ, as it’s being called, emerged spontaneously. Encompassing the precinct and portions of the Capitol Hill neighborhood around it, the area was previously a flashpoint for protester-police skirmishes.

Now, protesters are using the space to organize and build an alternative community. The occupants seek to prove that the community can operate without a police department at all.

With that, skirmishes continue.

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