Right Wing Activist Ben Shapiro Accused of Organizing Violence Against Seattle’s CHOP Community
In the wake of the protests that have erupted across the United States in response to the murder of George Floyd by police, protesters in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood conducted an occupation, setting up residence and declaring it an autonomous zone.
Journalists that have been allowed inside the area, spanning seven blocks, have reported that it has become a hallowed ground of independence. The residents are peaceful, conducting meditation classes, walking dogs, feeding each other, providing mutual support and necessary supplies within the barriers that separate them from the outside world. The community leaders have set up multiple 24-hour live surveillance streams to ensure the safety of those who live there, as well as to protect the integrity of the perimeter from dangerous counter-protesters that have retaliated with violence against the autonomous society.
In the past week, CHOP has fallen victim to multiple instances of gun related violence leaving one man dead and several injured.
It is no secret that CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest) has become a target of alt-right activists and Trump supporters attempting to portray it as a cesspool of anarchy for political favor. The President of United States has called the protesters “Terrorists” and criticized Governor Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for being “Weak” in response to the founding of CHOP, demanding local government take back the neighborhood immediately and punish the occupants. Trump has been extremely vocal about his disapproval of CHOP and his rhetoric against the inhabitants and stirred the ire of his supporters.
Last night, more violence erupted at CHOP. More gunfire, which has left many of the peaceful protesters growing frightened and uncertain about their safety and the sustainability of the commune.
CHOP Public relations conducted their own internal investigation and determined that Ben Shapiro, a Trump loyalist whose radically conservative opinions on the poor, women’s rights, guns, gays and race have exalted him as a Republican darling, had organized the attack that occurred. Their statement, posted on twitter, reads:
Following Trump’s lead, Shapiro has been extremely vocal about his disdain for the protests around the country and the visibility he has acquired as a social agitator has gifted him with a large reach and significant influence over his followers and viewers of his show.
CHOP organizer’s have not yet released information regarding their investigation into the shootings that led to their conclusion. However, the Mayor has announced that they have begun plans to dismantle and disperse the CHOP community.