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“Protesters” (read: anarchists) have taken over several blocks of downtown Seattle including City Hall and are extorting businesses in the area by forcing them to pay a fee to remain in operation. Residents in the area are being forced to show ID to return to their own homes. And armed protesters with rifles (a.k.a., anarchists and insurrectionists) have been stationed at the perimeter of this zone.
Seattle mayor, Jenny Durkan (Democrat), and the Washington State governor, Jay Inslee (Democrat), are apparently in sympathy with this takeover. The police have also been ordered not to publicly comment on the takeover. The Seattle City Council has barred police from using less-lethal ammunition (rubber bullets, tear gas), so, currently the Seattle’s finest don’t have the means to restore order and re-establish the rule of law except perhaps to have a dialogue with the anarchists over a cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee.More