I support Black Lives Matter and have participated in several recent marches. I also believe that protesting peacefully for social justice is the right thing to do. However, the taking over of Capitol Hill now places those occupying the area in the ironic position of being the ones denying freedom and justice to the many people and businesses that call that neighborhood home.

The point was made. Changes are going to happen. It’s now time for the occupying protesters to give the area back peacefully before things get nasty and the high ground is lost in a wave of public sentiment that turns against those denying locals their rights.

Greg James, Seattle