In the fallout of the Black Lives Matters/George Floyd protests in the United States numerous blocks of Seattle’s city centre, Capitol Hill, have been self-declared an autonomous zone and a police “no-go” area. The area, initially dubbed “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ), covered a six-block radius, including a Seattle Police Department building that had been abandoned during the protests, has since reduced in size and been renamed “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” (CHOP). However, the reasons for this development in the protests, who is behind it, and even what is happening on the ground in Capitol Hill, have all been the subject of a lot of media controversy, no one seems to agree on what the Capitol Hill Organised Protest actually is.
What is CHOP?
What happened in the run up to the autonomy declaration?
Who is behind this occupation/protest?