Vegan Utopia Or Urban Anarchy?
One week ago, a police precinct and six blocks of downtown Seattle’s Capitol Hill district were taken over by Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters. The area, formally known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), has now officially been renamed the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), but will this clever rebrand be enough to put a more positive spin on the neighborhood takeover?
Allies in the media aided in spinning the image of anarchist squatters into harmless “protesters,” but social media footage tells another story. Namely, forcibly removing the police, erecting border fencing, and most ironically for a group demanding open borders in the US, creating organized checkpoints for entry to their “protest”.
Despite reports of violence and looting in CHOP, CNN and Politico maintain that CHOP is “peaceful,” with some outlets even contending we need more places in America like CHOP. The mayor of Seattle has referred to CHOP as a harmless “block party” and predicted the coming months in CHOP would be “the summer of love”. Meanwhile, in the absence of law enforcement, armed citizens are policing the streets. However, when it comes to security in CHOP, there doesn’t seem to be a consensus, with some residents believing it should be a ‘no cop co-op‘ while others menacingly tote AK-47s declaring, “We are the police now!”
So, is CHOP a vegan utopia, a safe, cop-free space for millennial artists and slam poets? Or is it an insane experiment in urban anarchy? Let’s take a look.
Here, a “citizen of the autonomous zone” gets a taste of policing in “police-less” CHOP:
“the autonomous zone has the right to reject you”
A citizen of #CHAZ yells at a street preacher being held down by Antifa
As he screams “I am free citizen!”
While they pry his speaker from his hands
And chokehold him at one point face down like George Floyd (video below) pic.twitter.com/a1pry438jA
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) June 13, 2020
A look inside CHOP (South Park edition):
— Jayden???????? (@thejaydencook) June 14, 2020
A man in CHOP yells “call the cops!” as he is beaten:
Fight breaks out near border of #CHAZ
Antifa Police skirmish with a man in proud boys attire
The confrontation took place within US territory so police responded
Violence is common in and around the newest nation in North America
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) June 16, 2020
Man is robbed and jumped in CHOP:
CHAZ bro is absolutely stunned to find out what life looks like with no police.pic.twitter.com/gQApu2K2Ep
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) June 15, 2020
CHOP proudly rejects capitalism, for the moral superiority of collectivism. Here’s what “sharing” looks like in CHOP:
Communists fight over the only ladder in CHAZ. pic.twitter.com/zh9q4KfgoT
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 13, 2020
Idealistic CHOPians would surely find comparisons to the Greatest Generation to be problematic:
Then and now.
Take me back. pic.twitter.com/lW7I2opAst
— Tina Romano (@bigdaddymom420) June 14, 2020
Rare footage of Aang: The Last Marx-bender preparing to fight capitalism with compost and sick moves:
— Hightower Digital Media (@hightower_media) June 13, 2020
CHOPians are rightfully suspicious of visitors claiming to be allies:
Watch what happens when Trump supporters with American flags walk into the CHAZ!
Is this the tolerant, peaceful, “summer of love” the Seattle Mayor told America it was?
This is what standing up to the mob looks like.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 16, 2020
Here is a look at some of the honest, hard working, but unemployed folks inside CHOP:
Eva Duffy is an intern at The Federalist and a junior at the University of Chicago where she studies American history. She loves the Midwest, J.R.R. Tolkien, writing, & her family.