Protesters in Nashville, Tennessee, and Asheville, North Carolina have attempted to copy protesters in Seattle by setting up police-free ‘autonomous zones’ protected by barricades, as police union officials in Seattle warn that their city is on the verge of ‘lawlessness’.
Tennessee and North Carolina protesters were met with a strong response from local authorities, Police tore down the barricades, video from the scene shows. Demonstrators cried for reinforcements on social media and vowed to return on Saturday.
‘People are needed now! Please share this if you can’t be here. Supplies also needed,’ one organizer posted on Twitter. Police take down suspects plotting to commit violent robbery
Autonomous zone going up in Asheville NC. People are needed now! Please share this if you can't be here. Supplies also needed. Lexington is the road, right under 240. Look for the flashing police lights. #Asheville #autonomouszone #ashevillenc #az #acab #chaz #ashevilleaz #wnc— Birdie Gregson (@BirdieGregson) June 13, 2020
Police have been met with praise for responding to the attempted take over quickly. Which is a stark contrast to the lack of response from Seattle where a mob in the newly founded country of ‘CHAZ’ has taken control of a police precinct and remain manning the barricades while armed after five days.
In Nashville, a mob converged on the Legislative Plaza on Friday, announcing plans to seize the area in front of the Tennessee statehouse as an ‘autonomous zone.’
The mob declared that the plaza would be re-named Ida B. Wells Plaza, after the early civil rights leader. Video from the scene showed the demonstrators chanting and singing on the plaza late into the night, apparently left to their own devices by law enforcement.
However, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, a Republican, warned protesters in his state against trying to seize territory.
‘Lawlessness, autonomous zones, and violence will not be tolerated,’ Lee said in a statement. ‘Further, Tennessee law expressly prohibits camping on state property not expressly designated as a campground area, and that law will be enforced.’
Lee added that he supports the right to peaceful assembly and peaceful protest under the First Amendment, and would continue to protect those rights.
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