police intervene in Seattle “autonomous zone”

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At least 13 people were arrested.

By Le Figaro with AFP

Police began Wednesday to deploy to a neighborhood in the American city of Seattle transformed into a “autonomous areaBy demonstrators protesting against abuses by the police.

At least 13 people were arrested but no excess of violence is to be deplored, said Carmen Best, who directs the police of this metropolis of the North-West of the United States. The occupation of the area for three weeks by overwhelmingly peaceful protesters deeply irritated President Donald Trump, who had threatened to use force against those he called “awful anarchists“And”interior terrorists».

But it was ultimately the Democratic Mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, who took the initiative to evacuate the protesters, ensuring that the city had sufficiently offered protesters the right to express their opinion. This freedom of expression “does not impose on the city to offer an unlimited sanctuary resulting in the occupation of public goods, damage to the city and to private property, infringements of the right to move and the creation of dangerous conditions“, Justified the mayor. “Enough is enough“, For his part reacted Carmen Best, recalling that the area had been the scene of gunshots.

The police in riot gear intervened in the early morning, evacuating the six blocks from the buildings concerned. They dismantled the tents and barricades erected in this self-proclaimed district “CHAZ“, Acronym for”Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone».

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