As of this writing, the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone has existed for three days and in that time has seen the ousting of one leader for sexual harassment and seen the rise of an American Warlord.

The Capital Hill Autonomous Zone, also known as the CHAZ, is a section of a neighborhood in Seattle taken over by protesters on June 9. The protesters initially moved in to protest a police precinct which was abandoned in short order by the police. The CHAZ has been declared autonomous and it is no longer a part of the United States. It has no government and occupies about six blocks. The group occupying the CHAZ is made up of a mixture of protesters, anarchists, and communists. They’ve established what appears to be strict borders and now their very own warlord.

The Rise of a Warlord

The man is named Raz Simone and he is a local hip hop artist. He is leading a group of armed men and is exerting power in the CHAZ. Mr. Simone’s live streams have shown a propensity for violence as he’s assaulted and threatened a man spray painting a wall. In a video from the victim Raz, or his group, declare themselves the police of the area now. The entire incident is recorded and can be listened to/watched.