Editor’s note: This is a live account of updates from demonstrations and other events on Thursday, June 11, as the day unfolded.
It has been more than two weeks since the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed on May 25 by a white Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. The protests over Floyd’s death, police tactics and systemic racism continue, not just in Washington and the United States, but around the world.
Earlier this week, Seattle police took down barricades near the East Precinct on Capitol Hill and boarded up the building. Since then, protesters have claimed the area, renaming it the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). The following graphic shows what this portion of Capitol Hill looks like now.
Throughout Thursday, on this page, we’ll post updates from Seattle Times journalists and others on protests in the Seattle area. Updates from Wednesday can be found here.
If you’ve taken part in these protests, we’d like to hear from you: What has been your experience? What has being out there meant to you? Click here to let us know.
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Protesters say police officers fired pepper spray as they attempted to leave East Precinct
CHAZ protesters: 'We need to have some of our demands met'
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King County Metro says its buses will no longer deliver law enforcement officers to protests
Black Lives Matter march Friday will be silent to honor those who've died, reduce coronavirus spread
“We want this to be a moment to honor and hold space and mourn those who’ve lost their lives to police brutality and institutional racism in this country,” chair Ebony Miranda said in a video news conference. A silent march will also help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Miranda said.Black people and youth will lead the march, which will leave Judkins Park at 2 p.m., Miranda said. The organization said it has received donations of water, food and PPE that will allow people to march safely. Leaders are also calling for a statewide general strike along with the march Friday. Black Lives Matter Seattle – King County will be distributing donations received Friday to other organizations, including the Lavender Rights Project, a civil-rights law firm that supports trans people, as well as local Black media including the South Seattle Emerald and other outlets.
Police entering precinct, but CHAZ remains peaceful
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New CHAZ website answers questions about border checks, food, leadership
A new website has been created for the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ.
The home page says “YOU ARE NOW LEAVING THE USA” and “WELCOME TO FREE CAPITOL.” It states the currently understood mission of CHAZ and answers some most-asked questions, such as whether there are border checkpoints, whether there are official leaders and whether folks ran out of food. (The answers are no, no and no.)
“Established on June 8th 2020 in the midst of nationwide civil unrest triggered by the murder of George Floyd the CHAZ is still young. Within the self governed blocks you can find food vendors, daily marches, public film screenings and community councils hosted throughout the day,” the site says.
The site says the six-block section around the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, claimed as CHAZ, was seized by anarchists, racial equality demonstrators and other protesters after it was “left to rot” by city officials.
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