Seattle's mayor says U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to send military into the city to clear protesters would be illegal and unconstitutional.
But Mayor Jenny Durkan did not say when or how authorities would remove the roughly 500 demonstrators who established a makeshift encampment in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood Monday night (June 8).
Trump tweeted on Wednesday (June 10) that the protesters were quote "domestic terrorists," and followed up on Thursday demanding that Durkan and Governor Jay Inslee quote "take back your city now." Durkan slammed Trump's comments on Thursday (June 11).
"Unfortunately our President wants to tell a story about domestic terrorists who have a radical agenda, and are promoting a conspiracy, and fits his law & order initiatives.
It's simply not true." Activists have occupied Seattle's Capitol Hill since Monday night, when police abandoned their East Precinct station in a move city officials say was aimed at reducing tensions.
Protesters used police barricades to section off the area, calling it the "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone." One protester told Reuters it was quote "a unique opportunity to see how a police-free zone can be facilitated." Seattle is one of several major cities across the United States that has seen widespread protests for justice in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.
For months, Seattle has dealt with nightly protests. Some have become violent. Some have become deadly. Some protesters camped out and occupied the area outside Seattle police's East Precinct building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Protesters dubbed it the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. And according to CNN, US Attorney General William Barr was not happy about it. Despite White House threats, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan refused to allow federal troops to move the protesters out.
Members of the Indian, Vietnamese and the Tibetan communities held a protest outside the Capitol Hill in Washington against China. The protesters were holding anti-China posters, urging people to boycott Chinese products. They shouted slogans against China's expansionist policies against their neighbours. Posters urging China to vacate Akshai Chin and Kashmir were also seen during the protest. Since the Galwan standoff between India and China, anti-China protests have broken out in several cities in the United States. 'China is aggressively trying to steal the land from India in Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh. They are intimidating Bhutan. They have also claimed that the Tajikistan mountains belong to them. Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Russia are also victims of China's expansionist policies', said a protester Adapa Prasad. Members of Vietnamese community also lashed out against the Communist government of China and said that their fight is against the CCP and not the people of China. China's expansionist policy has been slammed by countries across the world. China also faced flak for the Galwan faceoff where 20 India jawans were killed. Watch the full video for all the details.
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