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Are uncivil protests and mob violence winning?

Patrick Buchanan on

The Seattle Commune is no more.

Declared three weeks ago by radical leftists as CHAZ, the City Hall Autonomous Zone, rechristened CHOP, the City Hall Occupation Protest, the six-block enclave inside Seattle ceased to exist July 1. The cops shut it down.

As Marx said, history repeats itself, first as tragedy then as farce.

If the Paris Commune of 1871 is the archetype, that mass uprising and swift slaughter of the communards who rose against the regime, what happened in Seattle is the farce.

Police Chief Carmen Best, who opposed Mayor Jenny Durkan's surrender of one of her precinct stations to the mob, explained in exasperation why her cops finally acted:

"Enough is enough. The CHOP (had) become lawless and brutal. Four shootings -- two fatal -- robberies, assaults, violence and countless property crimes have occurred in this several block area."


The shooting death of a 16-year-old and critical wounding of a 14-year-old on Monday finally forced the mayor's hand.

Some journalists touring the CHOP had burbled on like Lincoln Steffens on his first trip to Lenin's Russia, "I have been over into the future and it works!"

They wrote of "peaceful" meetings, "documentary screenings" and "concerts." Best was more hardheaded about what she found after recapturing the CHOP: "After walking through the area I was stunned by the amount of graffiti, garbage, and property destruction."

Apparently, however, Mayor Durkan does not want posterity to forget the glory days of what she had predicted would be a "summer of love."


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