The ongoing protests in Seattle sparked a Twitter dispute between President Donald Trump, the city’s mayor, Jane Darkan, and Washington Governor Jay Inchel, who are both Democrats.
Seattle Police Chief Assistant Denana Nolt They reportedly received reports that a group of protesters had set up roadblocks and “some gunmen were running as checkpoints” in the eastern part of the city on Capitol Hill.
CNN’s subsidiary KOMO says protesters are blocking the area with roadblocks and calling it an autonomous area of Capitol Hill. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Officers respond only to emergency calls.
“While they have a constitutional right to bear arms, and while Washington is open, there is no legal right for these weapons to be used to intimidate members of the community,” Nollette told a news conference on Wednesday. “No one at these checkpoints has the legal authority to ask for recognition.”
However, Nollette said “in an effort to work together and work together and move forward peacefully, we are trying to start a dialogue.”
“We are trying to find a way to solve this without unjustifiably affecting citizens and businesses operating in this area,” he said. “We do not want the important message of justice and the improvement of police relations and the improvement of racial equality to be drowned out by this small faction of what is happening.”
Who organizes it?
This is unclear now. Nollette said police are trying to find a point of contact to start a dialogue.
Seattle officials say they have no indication that the occupied area is being coordinated by left-wing activist groups under the umbrella of Antifa, despite online rumors to the contrary.
“City officials have not interacted with ‘armed rival fighters’ on this site, but they will continue to be on site to monitor the situation closely,” Lori Patrick told CNN.
What did Trump say?
Trump wrote on Twitter that “domestic terrorists have taken over Seattle”, claiming that “they are led by the Radical Left Democrats”. In another tweet, he said Mayor Darken and Governor Insley should “take back” their city and that “these ugly Anarchists should block IMMEDIATELY.”
How did Durken and Inslee respond?
Derken responds by telling Trump to “go back to your warehouse”, a reference to when The U.S. Secret Service transferred him to a safe, underground section of the White House during protests last month..
Inzel told him to “stop tweeting”