As the news comes that Seattle officials are finally going to get rid of CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest), also known as CHAZ, another one of these so-called autonomous zones is popping up on the other side of the country.
The Washington Examiner reports that protestors in Washington D.C. on Monday began setting up what they are calling BHAZ or the Black House Autonomous Zone.
According to Breitbart, the protestors on Monday night used fences and barricades to first establish a perimeter, and they then put up a wooden sign with the words “Black House Autonomous Zone” on it.
As of Tuesday morning, news outlets have yet to report on how much of an area that these protestors were able to section off. What we know is that they tried to do this not too far from the White House, even spray painting BHAZ on the famous St. John’s Episcopal Church.
It doesn’t appear, however, that the protestors were able to “capture” the famous place of worship. According to the Examiner, law enforcement has successfully established a security perimeter of its own in front of the church.
Breitbart further reports that, as the protestors were setting up this zone, one man yelled to authorities, “We’re not hurting anyone! We’re protecting ourselves from you.”
Another, according to the outlet, could be heard saying, “Welcome to the AZ. You are now leaving the U.S.”
A rough night in D.C.
The protestors’ establishment of BHAZ was only part of the trouble that Washington D.C. saw on Monday.
Earlier in the day, protestors attempted to topple the statue of Andrew Jackson that stands in Lafayette Park. Police, however, were able to stop them from doing so, using riot gear and pepper spray to get the situation under control.
Then, later on, but before establishing BHAZ, protestors armed with black-painted wooden shields and black helmets, confronted police in the same area.
President Donald Trump addressed the situation in a late-night tweet.
Numerous people arrested in D.C. for the disgraceful vandalism, in Lafayette Park, of the magnificent Statue of Andrew Jackson, in addition to the exterior defacing of St. John’s Church across the street. 10 years in prison under the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act. Beware!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
We’ll have to see how Washington D.C. handles BHAZ. But, with the president nearby, it is unlikely that we’ll see a repeat of what happened in Seattle with CHOP/CHAZ.