Seattle’s occupied zone CHOP has ended, according to organizers

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Capitol Hill Occupied Protest in Seattle has concluded, according to organizers behind the official Twitter account.

The closure comes as Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan moved to “wind down” the autonomous zone following two shootings, as well as dwindling participation.

“Over the last two weeks we achieved what no one thought was possible,” wrote the CHOP account. “We successfully built a self-governing community and convinced city leaders to enact meaningful police reform, including substantial budget cuts to the [Seattle Police Department].”

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“We are now left with the reality that very few people remain in our beloved CHOP,” said the account. “This morning’s census finds fewer than two dozen clustered near the East Precinct… Last night’s [Black Lives Matter] march had 71 participants.”

The official CHOP Twitter account announced that efforts will now be geared toward ‘virtual activism.’

“We have been briefed that full rehousing of SPD East Precinct staff into the station will occur no later than early next week,” reported the account, “and will be preceded by removal of barriers and the reopening of streets to traffic.”