President Trump expressed outrage, demanding to stop “disgusting anarchists.”
Seattle city hall was occupied by demonstrators who demanded the resignation of the city’s head.
They had previously created a six-block “Autonomous zone” in memory of George Floyd and sued city police for their aggressive tactics.
About 300 demonstrators entered the lobby of the city hall around 9 p.m. on Tuesday. They brought placards saying “Black Lives Matter” and began to call for the resignation of Mayor Jenny Durkan, chanting: “Durkan must go!”
The group was led by city Councilman Kshama Sawant, who unlocked the building and led the demonstrators inside.
The crowd stayed inside the building for just an hour, then returned to the “Autonomous zone on Capitol Hill” created shortly before – the territory around the police station, which was occupied by demonstrators.
The demonstrators called it a “free zone” because it was free of police and cars. There were tents for people who wanted to spend the night.
President Donald Trump expressed outrage in a tweet, saying that Washington state and Seattle, where the Democrats are in power, “are being ridiculed and not taken seriously as has never been the case in our country.”
“Take back your city,” Trump continued. “If you don’t do it, I will. These are not games. These disgusting anarchists must be stopped immediately. Act quickly!”