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The city of Seattle began tearing down barricades around the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, or CHOP, Tuesday — but protesters quickly jumped in to preserve the cop-free area, according to local reports.
Crews with the city’s Department of Transportation started removing concrete barriers at around 9:20 a.m. at the intersection of 10th and East Pine, on the outskirts of the blocks-long area occupied by demonstrators for about three weeks, TV-station KIRO7 News reported.
Shortly after, people moved to create makeshift roadblocks out of anything they could find — including garbage cans, furniture and plywood signs, the station reported.
City officials previously said barricades around the protest zone would come down on Sunday, but they stayed intact through Monday.
Currently, there are no immediate plans to remove the barriers directly surrounding the Seattle Police’s East Precinct, Assistant Chief Adrian Diaz told the station.
The precinct was abandoned earlier this month following standoffs and clashes with demonstrators calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality.