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Conditions within the Seattle Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), a.k.a. the Organized Protest (CHOP), were exacerbated by “terrible leadership” from the mayor and other city officials that held taxpayers hostage, suggested a man who owns property in the area, opining that the enclave devolved into a “homeless encampment with no direction.”
Far-left Mayor Jenny Durkan likened the CHOP chaos to a “summer of love,” that is, apparently until protesters showed up at her residence. She subsequently deployed cops to dismantle the six-block anarchist-controlled area via an executive order.
“Durkan’s executive order came after a series of late-night shootings killed two people and seriously wounded three others in the area. Police said other violent crimes have been documented within the zone since demonstrators took over several blocks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood last month,” Fox News reported.
In a man-on-the-street interview aired by NowThisNews, the Seattle man declined to be specific about his ownership interests in the neighborhood, admitting with a laugh that “I’d rather not get killed by these Antifa people.”
“Being a longtime resident here, an owner, and very understanding of the political message that was trying to be conveyed, this whole situation has been totally out of hand. The disconnect between the mayor and the city leaders, and the residents and the businesses, has been terrible,” he explained.
“I don’t understand why there isn’t any communication. We were left in the dark. From one day to the next, we didn’t know what was going on. Poor, poor leadership, and I’m just incredibly discouraged that residents and businesses here — people that have lived here and paid taxes forever and everything continues to cost more — yet there is no leadership, there is no communication, and that was incredibly dejecting, discouraging.”
Living conditions during the approximately four-week protest were nearly intolerable, he explained.
“It’s been terrible. It’s been loud at night. During the day, these people seemed to be relatively calm. I’ve been down here almost every day, and I’ve seen a lot of weird stuff, a lot of assault weapons, a lot of anger, a lot of drugs and drinking. So it hasn’t been a positive thing. I mean, the message was kind of lost weeks ago. So we just basically had a homeless encampment here, and people with no direction.
“This was tough to see, and kids getting killed, total anger. Like I said…where is the city leadership?”
He agreed with the interviewer that it felt like residents were held hostage but locals are understandably intimidated from talking about it.
“It was totally unfair. And a lot of people don’t want to talk. A lot of people are worried and scared, and they don’t want to express their opinion because they’re worried about retribution. And I don’t blame them.”
BREAKING: Seattle resident says he felt held hostage by Antifa, abandoned by city leaders pic.twitter.com/LYKbMm9K6W
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 1, 2020
Separately, various reports have emerged that fed-up businesses are leaving Seattle (and the state of Washington) permanently.
Twitter reacted to the Seattle resident’s forthright comments.
So much for Seattle’s ‘Summer of Love’!
— Wayne Dunlap (@wdunlap) July 1, 2020
This gentleman has had the rare and wonderful opportunity to see Liberal ideals put into action. I hope he takes this experience with him into the voting booth in November.
— DunkieDoodleDandy (@TheDutifulDoo) July 1, 2020
Until the residents of these communities stop fostering the far left anarchist ideology by rewarding the Democratic party with votes expect to see a virulent spread of lawlessness and hopelessness. This next election will decide the fate of our nation, and that is not hyperbole.
— Matthew Kolken (@mkolken) July 1, 2020
What this guy has to say at the end is truth. People don’t want to say anything because they are afraid of retribution. They will not be afraid when they go into the voting booth
— Lane Myer (@iwantmy2bills) July 1, 2020
A lot of us who live in the areas surrounding Seattle have avoided going there for years. This recent blight will emphasize the fleeing of businesses from Seattle. Under @MayorJenny @cmkshama and @SeattleCouncil the place has turned into a sh**hole.
— Séamus (@Shadarach) July 1, 2020
Well, get ready to vote wisely because this is the Progressive’s vision for your future in TheWest if we don’t stand up to tyranny
— Jennifer (@nikkeigoddess) July 1, 2020
The residents of Seattle will have to VOTE to remove ALL Democrat politicians if they want their city back.
— Riley (@riley1999) July 1, 2020
I’ve lived in Washington state for almost 10 years. I used to think Governor Inslee (even though he is a bit nuts with the diversity, equity and inclusion cult) had the residents’ best interests in mind, but he has completely lost my trust throughout this whole thing. Boo.
— Can I stop caring yet? (@MagsTacoma) July 1, 2020
Very sad that the residents can’t speak out.They sound terrified. That’s exactly what it turned into a homeless encampment full of mental illness & drugs/alcohol.
— cjewell (@Cjewell0422) July 1, 2020
“Total mayhem. Where is the leadership? We’ve been paying taxes for years.” Don’t elect Democrats! They don’t care about taxpayers. They get their marching orders from lawless, criminal, violent anarchists and mobs! #VoteRed
— texasgirl (@1929home) July 1, 2020
He sounds reasonable. Hope he gets his city back
— Jackie Greene (@jackie_greene) July 1, 2020
When he talks about the lack of leader ship it makes me wonder how he has voted for the last 20 years. Also, his comment about people being afraid for fear of retribution was quite troubling
— Fran Hill (@fhill55) July 1, 2020
CRAZY that a city would allow an extremist group to take over city blocks where people live and work. It’s like they think they’re still in college and can camp out on the Quad.
— Truth Over Team (@TruthOverTeam) July 1, 2020
Robert Jonathan is a staff writer for BizPac Review. He is a longtime writer/editor for news aggregation websites and has also developed content in the legal and financial publishing sectors as well as for online education. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law, “a law school the basketball teams can be proud of.”
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