Seattle Mayor Durkan Calls Takeover of Capital Hill Zone ‘patriotism’

Seattle Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan is defending protesters commandeering several street blocks in the city calling their actions “patriotism.”

The takeover was sparked over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Minnesota black man who died while being arrested by police.

Floyd’s arrest was caught on video and went viral showing him pinned down by a white police officer’s knee to his neck.

Protesters blocked six blocks of the area known as Capitol Hill and renamed the area Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ for short.

Within this perimeter is the East Precinct police building, where police officers were ordered to clear out and the building shuttered.

With no police presence, Seattle protesters, some armed, set up check points for access to the area.

Durkan pushed back on criticism from President Trump and defended the protesters calling their actions “patriotism.”

The New York Post reports:

“It’s simply not true. Lawfully gathering and expressing first amendment rights, demanding we do better as a society, and providing true equity for communities of color is not terrorism. It’s patriotism.”

Durkan told CNN host Chris Cuomo it’s “more like a block party atmosphere it’s not an armed takeover.”

Durkan also downplayed the fact some protesters are armed.

Meanwhile, protesters stormed City Hall demanding Durkan defund the police and called for her to resign.

During a press conference earlier this week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee was asked about the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone and he said he was unaware.

The New York Post reports:

“Well, that’s news to me. So I’ll have to reserve any comment about it. I have not heard anything about that from any credible source,” the governor said, adding a chuckle.

A list of demands was released earlier this week, including calls to defund the police.

The New York Post reports:

The protesters released a letter detailing their demands on Tuesday that include dismantling the police force and ending the use of armed force, guns, batons and riot shields, and abolishing the court system, among a list.

President Trump weighed in on social media.

Seattle’s radical local government officials have lost control over the city.

Calling the takeover of parts of the city “patriotism” is outrageous but it shows how dangerous it is to put Democrats in power.

At this point, there’s no telling how this will end but it will likely not end well.