As autonomous zones across major U.S. cities begin to dominate the news cycle, MSNBC reporter Andrea Mitchell was nearly assaulted by a person in the D.C. autonomous zone.
Authorities attempt to clear out the D.C. autonomous zone named “BHAZ”–a cop-free zone which activists tried to establish close to the White House–going the same way as the short-lived Portland autonomous zone, which drew press attention.
A city block dubbed “Black House Autonomous Zone” was hastily and momentarily barricaded to form the zone. Today, authorities worked to clear out the zone, suffering a similar end to the ill-fated Portland autonomous zone, which was removed after it threatened to encircle the mayor’s condo.
The MSNBC reporter was at the scene with Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) until a bikini-clad person with long whitish blonde hair charges at them, when a man in a black t-shirt and rucksack chases behind, marshalling the assailant away.
In the clip, the assailant appears to be agitated, looking back at the reporter and Rep. Norton threateningly.
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) June 23, 2020
Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe commented: “This is scary. I’m glad they are okay. They will probably keep telling the public that these criminals are peaceful though.”
To which Alex Thomas responds: “the congresswoman literally says “where are the police when you need them”.”
The same would-be assailant appears in a different clip, riding a Segway scooter, speaking through a megaphone, telling people to “f*** off.”
This is the exact state of the modern Left: pic.twitter.com/QPYh0jNHUm
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 23, 2020
Many have queried the political bent of activist groups following the George Floyd riots, that went international.
National File reported on one Black Lives Matter co-founders, who, in a 2015 interview, admitted to being a “trained Marxist” alongside other prominent group members.
The CHOP Seattle autonomous zone, which was described as “peaceful” by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, saw a dramatic rise in 911 calls for rape and violent crime in the days following its formation. A fatal double shooting also took place in the cop-free zone.