For ten days, hundreds of activists have occupied a 6-block space in Seattle, Washington, declaring it the cop-free “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd.
News2Share explores the “CHAZ” and speaks to its occupants about their tactics and what they hope to achieve.
One occupant said that the “CHAZ” has been misrepresented by news organizations like Fox, who try to brand them as violent and even “terrorist.” He says CHAZ is a chance to protest against racism and express a need to reallocate funding from police and toward social programs.
Cal Anderson Park, which falls entirely inside the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” has become a place where participants are given a stage to speak on the issues they advocate for: namely abolishing racism, capitalism, and policing.
Filmed by Ben S.