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The ongoing dispute started in 1993, when, in protest against changes in grazing rules, Bundy declined to renew his permit for cattle grazing on BLM-administered public lands near Bunkerville, Nevada. According to Bundy, the federal government lacks the constitutional authority to own vast tracts of lands, an argument repeatedly rejected by federal courts.
A self-declared autonomous zone, intentional community and commune covering approximately six city blocks. Local governance in the zone is decentralized, with the goal of creating a zone beyond policing. There are many posted demands, including rent control, de-gentrification, police abolition or defunding, funding community health, and dropping charges against protesters.
Seattle mayor Jenny Dunkan defending the autonomous zone:
It's clear @realDonaldTrump doesn’t understand what’s happening on five square blocks of our City. Cal Anderson and Capitol Hill has for decades been a place for free speech, community, and self expression.
— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) June 11, 2020
Biased Media Coverage:
New York Times:
The Hill (Even the categories they used are different. Now, it’s all Trump’s fault)
June 11: Seattle police chief Carmen Best says calls for rapes, assaults, robbery more than tripled in the area.
SPD Chief @carmenbest entered E. Precinct Station now in control by demonstrators in Cap Hill.
She hopes to re-open station after abandoning building on Mon.
Says emergency calls in area had tripled.https://t.co/W86plMZ8vo#KOMONews #CHAZ #SeattleAutonomousZone pic.twitter.com/S6eZMGtfLz
— Ryan Yamamoto KOMO (@YamsTV) June 11, 2020