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Antifa blocks Seattle police from responding to emergencies with snow barrier

A video posted to Instagram on Saturday evening by user 'standwithseattlepd' shows a snow barrier built by protesters outside of the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct.

In the video, a police vehicle is seen rolling backwards after attempting to drive over the barrier.

"Antifa goons blocked the exit of the East Precinct with a pile of snow tonight, in an effort to stop vehicles from responding to emergency calls," the user claimed in the caption on a separate video showing a crowd of officers later standing around the barrier. 

Another video of the incident posted by journalist Andy Ngo shows the protesters cheering as the vehicle fails to make it over the snow barrier. 

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A full 15-minute long incident, posted by user "seattleblmfairy", shows a crowd of roughly a dozen demonstrators interacting with Seattle police.  

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One demonstrator says they are "just having a friendly snowball fight here at the EastPrecinct" while another can be heard saying the "cops are being aggressive and violating people's rights" as officers begin moving the group away from the blocked exit and proceed to start shoveling away the obstruction. 

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One officer tells the group that they "cannot block police from exiting a police vehicle precinct" before another begins to push a protester back in an effort to move them away from the snow barrier. The officer is immediately met with two other protesters saying "stop touching her" and "we're literally not blocking your building."

At one point, another individual on crutches crumbles up a small piece of snow up close to an officer's bodycam. The officer does not react. 

After a few minutes of shouting back and forth between police and protesters, chants of "peaceful protest" breakout. Officers then proceed to push the individual on crutches back before a small scuffle momentarily breaks out.  

In another exchange a few minutes later, one officer asks a protester if they would like a sticker: "You seem a little angry and sad, usually stickers make people feel better," the officer says. The individual replies: "I'm not sad; am I angry? Yes."

The obstruction is later cleared, and police head back inside the precinct as protesters continue to shout at them and throw snowballs. 

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A spokesperson for the Seattle Police Department did not immediately return FOX News' request for comment on the incident. 

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Anarchy in Seattle

Seattle’s hard-Left secessionist movement has claimed its first territory: six blocks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

For the past week, Black Lives Matter and Antifa-affiliated activists have engaged in a pitched battle with Seattle police officers and National Guard soldiers in the neighborhood, with the heaviest conflict occurring at the intersection of 11th and Pike, where law enforcement had constructed a barricade to defend the Seattle Police East Precinct building. Hoping to break through the barricade, protesters attacked officers with bricks, bottles, rocks, and improvised explosive devices, sending some officers to the hospital. At the same time, activists circulated videos of the conflict and accused the police of brutality, demanding that the city cease using teargas and other anti-riot techniques.

Then, in a stunning turn of events, the City of Seattle made the decision to abandon the East Precinct and surrender the neighborhood to the protesters. “This is an exercise in trust and de-escalation,” explained Chief Carmen Best. Officers and National Guardsmen emptied out the facility, boarded it up, and retreated. Immediately afterward, Black Lives Matter protesters, Antifa black shirts, and armed members of the hard-Left John Brown Gun Club seized control of the neighborhood, moved the barricades into a defensive position, and declared it the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone—even putting up a cardboard sign at the barricades declaring “you are now leaving the USA.”

On the new rebel state’s first night, the atmosphere was festive and triumphant. Hooded men spray-painted the police station with slogans and anarchist symbols, renaming it the “Seattle People’s Department East Precinct.” Raz Simone, a local rapper with an AK-47 slung from his shoulder and a pistol attached to his hip, screamed, “This is war!” into a white-and-red megaphone and instructed armed paramilitaries to guard the barricades in shifts. Later in the night, Simone was filmed allegedly assaulting multiple protestors who disobeyed his orders, informing them that he was the "police" now, sparking fears that he was becoming the de facto warlord of the autonomous zone. A homeless man with a baseball bat wandered along the borderline and two unofficial medics in medieval-style chain mail stood ready for action.

Nikkita Oliver, a radical activist and former mayoral candidate, emerged as a critical voice of the protest movement and assumed a leadership role in the newly declared autonomous zone. After night fell and a light rain began falling, she spoke to the crowd and outlined the ideological commitments behind the occupation. “[We need to] align ourselves with the global struggle that acknowledges [that] the United States plays a role in racialized capitalism,” she told protestors. “Racialized capitalism is built upon patriarchy, white supremacy, and classism.”

The following day, a coalition of black activists associated with the autonomous zone released a more specific list of demands, including the total abolition of the Seattle Police Department, the retrial of all racial minorities serving prison time for violent crimes, and the replacement of the police with autonomous “restorative/transformative accountability programs.” Activists pledged to maintain control of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone until their demands are met—setting the stage for a long-term occupation and the establishment of a parallel political authority.

The city government has not developed a strategic response to the takeover of Capitol Hill. According to one Seattle police officer with knowledge of internal deliberations, the city’s “leadership is in chaos” and “the mayor has made the decision to let a mob of 1,000 people dictate public safety policy for a city of 750,000.” The officer said that Chief Best had dispatched high-ranking police officials to the autonomous zone to establish a line of communication, but the officials were immediately sent away by armed paramilitaries at the barricades. “The tide of public opinion is on the side of the activists and they’re pushing the envelope as far as they can,” said the officer. “It’s not hyperbolic to say the endgame is anarchy.”

Politically, the Seattle City Council has already begun to champion the protesters’ demands. Socialist Alternative councilwoman Kshama Sawant declared the takeover a “victory” against “the militarized police force of the political establishment and the capitalist state.” Three councilmembers have signaled support for a 50 percent reduction in the police budget, with additional councilmembers likely to support a similar policy in the coming weeks. Sawant also opened Seattle’s City Hall—which had been closed by the mayor—to protesters, who immediately occupied the building.

The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone has set a dangerous precedent: armed left-wing activists have asserted their dominance of the streets and established an alternative political authority over a large section of a neighborhood. They have claimed de facto police power over thousands of residents and dozens of businesses—completely outside of the democratic process. In a matter of days, Antifa-affiliated paramilitaries have created a hardened border, established a rudimentary form of government based on principles of intersectional representation, and forcibly removed unfriendly media from the territory. 

The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone is an occupation and taking of hostages: none of the neighborhood’s residents voted for Antifa as their representative government. Rather than enforce the law, Seattle’s progressive political class capitulated to the mob and will likely make massive concessions over the next few months. This will embolden the Antifa coalition—and further undermine the rule of law in American cities.

Christopher F. Rufo is a contributing editor of City Journal and director of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty. He’s directed four documentaries for PBS, including his new film, America Lost, which tells the story of three “forgotten American cities.” Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Rantz: Seattle Council, activists pretend Antifa riot didn’t happen

The Seattle City Council and area activists are pretending the Antifa riot on inauguration night didn’t happen. In other words, they’re responding the way they normally do to Antifa violence: with total silence.

Their dubious observations of the Antifa riot is a mix of delusion, scary justification, and strategic downplaying.

If left unchecked, it ensures the violence will continue in Seattle, even after the long-overdue promise to suddenly (now that Donald Trump is out of office) prosecute Antifa vandals.

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Riot in Seattle? What Antifa riot!?

From Twitter checkmarks to your everyday Antifa sympathizers, some Seattle activists pretended an Antifa mob didn’t march around downtown Seattle destroying businesses and a courthouse, assault the police, or burn an American flag.

The Seattle City Council didn’t put out a statement after the riot. They usually refuse to condemn violence. It was as if they didn’t think the riot occurred.

When I asked for a statement, Councilmember Andrew Lewis was the only councilmember to provide one (why he chose not to proactively condemn the violence is instructive given how forceful he condemned the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6). He barely calls out the riot. He doesn’t mention Antifa, nor describe the riot beyond “acts of vandalism,” but he does pivot to a defense of peaceful protesters. In fact, most of his statement is about that.

Nikkita Oliver, a radical activist and Antifa apologist who wants to abolish the police, laughably claimed it wasn’t a riot. Claiming her mother called her concerned about the riots after seeing a regional broadcast of KOMO News, even though she lives in the Midwest, Oliver rejects the notion of a riot. It was merely “a protest… where some property was damaged.”

Though she’s an active member of the protest movement, Oliver claimed, “I had to Google what she was talking about because the protest was so small in overall impact I DIDN’T EVEN HEAR ABOUT IT.” In fairness, it was such a small protest “in overall impact” that it was covered nationally on FOX News, and somehow her mother thousands of miles away even heard about it.

She then scolded the media for its coverage. She chided us for our supposedly dishonest coverage.

“Media and journalist, you are culpable. Be responsible,” Oliver unironically tells us.

Ignorant or delusional?

In fairness to Oliver, it’s possible she doesn’t know what a riot is.

And we’ve certainly seen activists justify violence by believing their cause is worth it. They don’t see what they do as rioting. They think they’re heroes fighting for a just cause. But they’re just delusional, self-important criminals.

Oliver’s fringe following of lunatics certainly jumped on the talking point that a riot hadn’t occurred. Surely, the photos of destruction were photoshopped and arrests made up.

Jeanne Beannie was right, by the way. I sure did go on FOX — fivewholetimes.

What’s the point of calling out idiocy?

Twitter has no shortage of idiotic hot takes. Spend five seconds on Oliver’s Twitter page and it’ll slap you in the face. But it’s important to call this stuff out.

The violence doesn’t just continue because politicians allow it. It continues because citizens don’t put enough pressure on the criminals to stop destroying our city.

Without societal pressure, Antifa activists who consider themselves heroes will assume Seattleites stand behind them. Antifa uses anything they can to justify their violence.

Antifa doesn’t care when business owners speak up. Think they have an allegiance to Starbucks or an Amazon Go grocery store because those are the only jobs they’re qualified to hold? Think again. Antifa is anti-capitalist.

They also don’t care when called out by the media, which they think is part of some conservative cabal to prosecute their freedom fighting. And if a politician was ever brave enough to call them out (which won’t ever be a reality in Seattle), they’d attack them as a sellout.

Regular people need to call the domestic terrorism out for what it is. So when we see people justifying or downplaying violence, it’s on all of us to put a spotlight on the dishonest and dangerous message, call it out, and put some pressure on these criminals to leave our city alone.

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show weekday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (or HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast here. Follow @JasonRantz on Twitter, and Instagram and like me on Facebook. 

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