(PresidentialWire.com)- After establishing the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” in Seattle through force, rioters are now trying to create an occupied protest zone in the nation’s capital. Earlier this week, rioters in Washington, D.C. attempted to establish what they called the “Black House Autonomous Zone,” after clashing violently with the police. Some hours before their attempt at establishing “BHAZ” they were seen attempting to tear down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park.
The effort to bring down the statue was stopped by authorities, encouraged by President Donald Trump to take more assertive action in stopping statues from being toppled. The demonstrations and riots continued after the failed attempt, however, with protesters setting up their own “autonomous zone” by creating makeshift borders and spray painting the initials “BHAZ” all over the pillars of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
That’s the same church that rioters tried to burn down some weeks ago.
According to reporters from Breitbart, protesters established a border around their “zone” by taking barricades and fences initially set up by the police. A wooden sign that read “Black House Autonomous Zone” was erected near their borders.
One person could be heard shouting “We’re not hurting anyone!” and “We’re protecting ourselves from you!” in reference to the police.
The attempt at establishing a new “autonomous zone” was inspired by efforts in Seattle. Rioters who started the Seattle Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle were met by capitulation from local Democrats. Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered the police not to move the rioters out of the zone they occupied, and even told the media that it felt more like a “block party” than a protest, and that she expected it to turn into a “summer of love.”
That ended when someone was shot dead in the zone, and protesters stopped police from attending the scene.
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he will not be lenient on rioters in D.C.
Numerous people arrested in D.C. for the disgraceful vandalism, in Lafayette Park, of the magnificent Statue of Andrew Jackson, in addition to the exterior defacing of St. John’s Church across the street. 10 years in prison under the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act. Beware!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
“Numerous people arrested in D.C.,” he said, before announcing that anyone found to vandalize or tear down statues would be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison as per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act.