The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, aka the Chaz, has now undergone a name change and is calling itself the CHOP. The new title stands for Capitol Hill Occupied Protest. The name change was a movement by the protesters inside the zone to better reflect its purpose.

Yet, the CHAZ may have a new name, but its purpose really remains the same. The occupied six blocks of Seattle are not, and never truly were, autonomous. The city is still providing services to the zone, including Porta-Potties and fire department services. 

The Wanna-Be American Warlord 

Raz Simone, the main subject of our first article, seems to have taken a slight step back. There have not been any more acts of violence live-streamed or recorded — although an interesting video of him passing out guns from the back of his Tesla has appeared. Interestingly enough, this type of transaction is illegal under Washington State’s Universal Background Check Bill. 

Raz and his crew teamed up with a local car mechanic to try and detain an alleged burglar who broke in and set fire to a car mechanic’s shop. The means by which they handle the alleged thief involve forceful detainment and physical violence. This seems to be at odds with their anti-police brutality protest. The alleged thief eventually escaped. 

There is also a report that an Uber driver was threatened and harassed by armed CHOP guards, however, the story has not been yet verified.

Segratated Garden 

As the CHOP has grown, its occupants are attempting to grow their own food by creating gardens; they are apparently seeking to be fully autonomous in some ways. However, pictures have emerged proclaiming that the gardens are segregated, something which stands in the face of an anti-racist movement. The gardens themselves are just dirt on cardboard — so the CHOP is apparently keeping true to communism and its lack of food.