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Fox News reports on chilling new video from Seattle’s ‘CHOP’

These barriers have been replaced by concrete in Seattle’s Capitol Hill area where protesters continue to occupy a neighborhood. (Screen snip, YouTube)

A chilling video from inside Seattle’s so-called “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone has been revealed exclusively by Fox News, and very little said during the 4-minute, 52 second report suggests this neighborhood occupation by far left protesters is going to end well, or soon.

Produced by documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz, who embedded himself in the CHOP area for a series of interviews, the dominant message from nearly everyone he interviewed is there is trouble on the horizon. One young man declared, “Riot is the voice of the unheard.”

Another unidentified younger man told Horowitz, “If there’s no change, there might be a lot more destroying until there is.” He goes on to say that looting and property destruction “sends the message to people (that) breaking their s—t is justified.”

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Also featured in the video is an interview with a woman identified as Jaiden Grayson, who told Horowitz, “Every day that I show up here, I’m not here to peacefully protest. I’m here to disrupt until my demands are met.”

According to Horowitz’ narration, Grayson is one of the leaders of the CHOP movement.
Meanwhile, KOMO News—the local ABC affiliate—reported that protesters started blocking streets that were re-opened Monday when Seattle crews moved in and changed some of the large synthetic barriers with sturdier concrete street barriers weighing several thousand pounds. The city placed barriers down the middle of the street, while the protesters had blocked off the entire street, not allowing traffic to move through the CHOP area.

KOMO said messages had been put on the barriers, including one that read “Still our streets.”

Another report, from KING 5 News—the competing NBC affiliate—said the city “hopes the barriers will preserve people’s right to protest in the space, protect people gathering in the area, and open up part of the road for residents and businesses.”
Evidently, that didn’t work out as planned.

And KIRO Eyewitness News—Seattle’s CBS affiliate—reported about a CHOP zone resident identified as Matthew Ploszaj, who related an unnerving incident in which he called 911 to report an in-progress burglary only to be allegedly told by a Seattle police dispatcher, “We are not going in there, there is nothing we can do. We can come meet you on the outside, but if it’s not life-threatening, there’s nothing we can do.”

A couple of days later, Ploszaj saw the same suspect, wearing different clothing, “but he locked eyes on me, he saw me and started working toward me, so I ran inside, and called 911 again.”

Police Chief Carmen Best announced police officers will only respond to calls from inside the CHOP zone if they are life-threatening situations.

To that, Ploszaj reacted, “Now every criminal in the city knows they can come into this area and they can do anything they want as long as it isn’t life-threatening, and the police won’t come in to do anything about it.”

How long this situation will continue is open to speculation, but the story continues to get national attention, at least on Fox.

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