Seattle police dispersed the demonstrators and freed the so-called autonomous zone following an emergency order from mayor Jenny Durkan.
Police special forces removed the barricades and dispersed supporters of the “Autonomous Zone of Capitol Hill” in Seattle, arrested at least 30 people. Hundreds of policemen worked to clean up the area, and the damage caused by the demonstrators’ presence for several weeks is “absolutely devastating,” said Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best. The officers were stunned by the amount, graffiti, trash and destroyed property of the townspeople.
On Tuesday, Durkan issued an order in response to an increase in the number of shootings in the area and the deaths of several people. The last victim of the shooting was a 16-year-old teenager. Police stress that anyone who remains in the area or returns to it after release will be arrested.