New shooting, the fourth in ten days, in the Chop zone of Seattle, the area near Congress occupied by protesters protesting the killing of African American George Floyd. A 16 year old was killed and a 14 year old hospitalized in intensive care. The BBC reports it. Harborview Medical Center hospital reported that one of the boys arrived at 3.15 am, driven by a private vehicle, while the other was brought in by the fire department at 03.30. Unfortunately the boy arrived at 3.30 from the dead Chop area, adds the note.
Based on a first reconstruction of the Seattle police, the shooting took place near one of the barriers surrounding the self-managed area: a white Jeep Cherokee was stationary at that point when, according to some witnesses, the shots started in the direction of the car; two of the car’s occupants were affected. But this version of the facts is still under investigation. Police chief Carmen Best at a press conference held a few hours after the murder said the time had come to dismantle the Chop zone because she believed that self-management did not prevent the violence at all. Just an hour and a half after the 16-year-old was killed, other shots were heard in the same area without any casualties being recorded.
The chop zone was established on June 8th in the wake of protests over the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis. The area, also called Chaz (Capitol Hill autonomous zone) includes some blocks of buildings whose entrances are manned by protesters linked to the Black Lives Matter movement but there is no formal entrance filter. The area animated by cultural initiatives, shows, initiatives of anti-colonial and anti-racist inspiration. Inside the Chop there was also a police district whose headquarters were closed and abandoned by the agents: a portrait of Angela Davis was posted at the entrance.
On June 20, a 19-year-old boy was killed in an exchange of firearms whose causes have not been clarified. The next day, a seventeen-year-old boy was injured in an arm in a similar episode. Donald Trump severely attacked Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan, urging her to end the occupation. The first citizen instead chose a more dialoguing line even if she stigmatized the episodes of violence that in her opinion obscure the protest of the anti-racist movements. The impression that violent fringes are taking over within the self-managed municipality.
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