Vigilantes threaten to re-take Seattle's autonomous zone from activists

Vigilantes threaten to re-take Seattle's autonomous zone from activistsVigilante groups have threatened to "re-take" the independent zone in Seattle where protesters have set up barricades to keep police out. Over a thousand people have responded to a Facebook event to attack the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, which they say is "illegally occupying public property and terrorising small businesses". The zone, established on Monday, covers a six-block area of the city surrounding the abandoned East Precinct police station. Some protesters are camping overnight and medic stations, food stalls and sound systems have been set up within the area. The event, hosted by pro-Trump site Prntly and "straight pride" group Super Happy Fun America, and scheduled for US independence day July 4, calls the group "communist kids" and suggests that non-bikers with other vehicles could also join. Tweets and articles posted online also threaten the zone with motorcycle groups the Hell's Angels and Mongols, though this rumour has been denied by Hell's Angels founding member Sonny Barger, who posted on Facebook that it was "untrue and will never happen".

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