Reports have begun to filter out of the so-called ‘autonomous zone’ staked out in Seattle by a bunch of Left-wing extremists that seem to prove, anew, that life in utopia isn’t so grand after all, probably because there is no such thing as a ‘utopia’ that is occupied by mere mortals.
Standard news reporting has been sketchy and, in the case of local media, often fawning, regarding the zone known as CHOP. But actual life inside the zone is much different, and far more violent, that meets the eye, according to investigative journalist Andy Ngo, who recently spent five days there.
In a piece for the New York Post, Ngo – who has suffered physical injury at the hands of cultist fanatical Antifa members before – described the scene as one of anarchy, chaos, and insanity.
“During five undercover days and nights in the zone, I witnessed a continuing experiment in anarchy, chaos and brute-force criminality,” he wrote, noting that he had to keep a mask on at all times lest he be recognized and, likely, beaten to death.
“Crime has surged inside and outside the zone,” he said, point to a series of incidents including a deadly shooting and sexual assault in recent days:
On Saturday morning, a shooting erupted that left at least one person dead and another injured near a border checkpoint. Police were reportedly met with resistance when they tried to get to the victims, who apparently were then taken in private cars to the hospital. Cops made it into the zone to gather shell casings and evidence, some reports said, as police in riot gear stood at the border.
On Thursday, police arrested Robert James after he left the CHAZ. He is accused of sexually assaulting a deaf woman who was lured inside a tent. The same day, former city council candidate Isaiah Willoughby was arrested on suspicion of starting the arson attack on the East Precinct June 8.
“CHAZ occupants, ranging from several hundred to 10,000 depending on the day, with many openly armed, control all of the Capitol Hill neighborhood near downtown,” he wrote. “The neighborhood is the heart of Seattle’s gay and counter-culture district, and is densely filled with businesses and apartment buildings. CHAZ now claims all of it.”
Worse, he notes, police officials seem powerless to do much about it or officer response times to the region, which are now about triple what they used to be since one of their stations now sits, abandoned, inside the zone.
Ngo notes too, that the longer the autonomous zone is tolerated in Seattle, the more it will have an influencing effect elsewhere around the country.
Already, similar-minded Leftists have attempted to establish a zone in front of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s apartment, and while the Lefty mayor has been supportive of Antifa and similar groups in the past, he quickly called his police department to disband the encampment around his home.
More from Ngo:
Though CHAZ claims to have no rules, it quickly developed a complex code of conduct that varied from zone to zone and even the time of the day. For example, those in the garden area, who are mostly white, need to make sure they do not “recolonize” the space.
Mainstream media reports have focused on the “block party” atmosphere of the occupation, repeating a talking point from the Seattle mayor. She, along with fellow Democrat, Gov. Jay Inslee, have gone to great lengths to emphasize the “peaceful” nature of the occupation. For media crews that arrive during the day, that is certainly what they will see. People have barbecues in the street. Many bring their children to make street art. People walk their dogs.
But at night, a whole different side of CHAZ emerges.
Lacking agreed-upon leadership, those who have naturally risen to the top have done so with force or intimidation. For example, rapper Raz Simone, real name Solomon Simone, patrols CHAZ on some nights with an armed entourage. Simone, originally from Georgia, has an arrest record for child cruelty and other charges. He usually conducts his patrols carrying a long semi-auto rifle and sidearm. Last weekend, a live stream recorded Simone handing another man a rifle from the trunk of a car.
Businesses have been torn asunder and there is graffiti everywhere. Many are openly carrying firearms in a city that does not allow such Second Amendment activity. And what’s more, there are no signs anyone is leaving anytime soon.
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