The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone is blossoming with art

Jun 11 2020, 5:11 pm

Without police presence, the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) is filling up with peaceful protesters painting the streets with art and music.

The six-block area has been plastered with murals, has hosted its own town halls, and has even held movie nights featuring documentaries that feature stories of Black lives.

Here’s a look at some of the artwork:

The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, also known as CHAZ, and formerly known as Free Capitol Hill, is a six-block space with no current police presence.

On June 8, after days of violent protests, the Seattle Police Department packed up their stuff, removed their barricades, and left the protesters to police themselves.

According to Reddit user houseplantshustla, who started a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” about CHAZ, no single person has stepped up and claimed the neighborhood. “People just gave it the name CHAZ after the Police left… it’s just a protest area that the Police left, then Twitter named it CHAZ after a few signs got put up.”

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