For several hours on Saturday, pro-Hamas demonstrators in Seattle were allowed to block northbound I-5 by the Washington State Patrol (WSP). It created agonizing traffic bottlenecks and sent a loud and clear message: violent zealots continue to govern the state.
The demonstration and march by Antifa and other pro-Hamas protestors started close to the Capitol Hill Starbucks Roastery. The coffee giant boarded up the windows and closed the cafe because they expected damage. That’s precisely what occurred as demonstrators can damage property without consequence. For this reason, a lot of people no longer feel the need to cover their faces.
Although it was not verified, law enforcement possessed intelligence indicating that the antisemitic protestors could cross the I-5. But as soon as they marched, it became clear that their destination was the freeway on-ramp. Law enforcement allowed the group to monopolize the northbound lanes, resulting in traffic jams that lasted for kilometers, with the protection of protestors driving slowly. The group continued to sing, dance, yell, and make insulting statements about Israel, Jews, and law enforcement.
Two of the leaders of the antisemitic organizations appeared to be in negotiations with a small group of law enforcement personnel led by the WSP. During the three hours that the protestors illegally held the expressway, they repeatedly staged powwows in its center, but nothing came of it. They got together, had a quick conversation, then parted ways. Nothing happened. Campaigners have learned that despite receiving a lot of dispersal instructions, these are merely recommendations rather than actual commands.
Governor Jay Inslee and WSP Chief John Batiste gave the activists permission to occupy the road illegally. Far-left activists are free to act however they choose without worrying about facing harsh consequences. It was just one more pathetic case of political cowardice.
Embarrassing. They keep trying to negotiate? pic.twitter.com/yda6iRTfl8
Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) January 7, 2024
WSP was unprepared
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Even with the required intelligence, WSP’s lack of readiness was apparent.
It is not appropriate to interpret the troops’ performance as a testament to their skill. It is noteworthy that there are 154 trooper vacancies at the moment, indicating a severe shortage. They have asked other organizations, such the King County Sheriff’s Office and the Seattle Police Department, for help in handling the problem. Regrettably, the COVID vaccination requirements have made the already dire staffing shortage worse, forcing employers to fire employees and deterring prospective hires.
The WSP command staff and the state leadership are to culpable for the current state of affairs.
Democratic leaders have often shown that they are unable or unwilling to confront the activities of radical leftists. These radicals have already taken control of I-5 with disastrous results, so this is not a unique instance. Leaders of the Democratic Party support a non-interventionist stance towards left-wing demonstrations, including in cases where demonstrators lose their lives. If MAGA hats were at issue instead of keffiyehs, Democratic politicians would surely have a different attitude and be calling for legislative action.
They re doing a dance now. Washington State Patrol command staff should be ashamed. pic.twitter.com/qwzh6Bi8LY
Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) January 6, 2024
Plan? What plan?
It appeared as though there was no clear plan in place to control traffic flow as the march got underway.
Despite having a ramp response and freeway closure plan in place, Seattle Police decided not to shut off the on-ramp in order to stop the antisemites from occupying the freeway. They could have dispersed the throng with non-lethal techniques like tear gas and briefly stopped southbound traffic. Tear gas, however, is incorrectly classified as a weapon of war by some Democrats. Making mass arrests would have been another option, but given the political environment in our state right now—where Democrats work to keep dangerous criminals out of jail—it seems improbable that a criminal protester would really be taken into custody.
Assuring the safety of travelers, police enforcement, and protestors is the WSP’s main responsibility, according to Chris Loftis, a spokeswoman for the organization. Loftis does stress that their ultimate objective is to restore the highways and remove any obstructions, diversions, or crashes as quickly and safely as possible.
In a statement, Loftis said that the event constituted a large-scale, intricate disruption that was purposefully organized and managed. The officials ensured everyone’s safety while managing the issue as fast as possible.
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Accountability? What accountability?
It is implied that they ultimately failed to safely evacuate the protest area. The demonstrators made the decision to march away from the freeway as the rain started to fall down strongly. They demonstrated their lack of desire to move them by leaving 12 automobiles behind on the roadway during this process.
Before the freeway could be reopened, WSP had to pull the automobiles away for about an hour. It is clear that the demonstrators are aware that the illegal protest may be connected to their cars because of their registration. Nevertheless, they were so certain they wouldn’t be charged that they just left their cars to be removed. In the coming days, their parents will be the ones worrying about how much it will cost to get the automobiles back.
Although no arrests have been made, Loftis claims that the investigation is still underway and that individuals who participated in criminal activity will face consequences.
It’s probably a hollow assurance that these activists on the freeway would pay for their illegal actions. They know full well that most, if not all, of them will probably be able to avoid taking responsibility for anything.
Flagrant violations of the law
For fear of possible retaliation from their workplaces (like Starbucks or Seattle Public Schools) or their parents/landlords in Kirkland or Sammamish, several activists are still hiding their names. There are also cases in which people—mainly white people—wear keffiyehs in an attempt to connect with Palestinians, which is their main goal. Conversely, there exist individuals who participate in illicit acts while remaining anonymous, since they have developed a resistance to legal repercussions and often take pride in their deeds.
For the last three hours, we have been obstructing the I-5 North Seattle, he wrote on social media. We’ve had numerous warnings from Seattle and State police, and they might detain us at any time.
Owning New Wave Travel in Seattle’s University District, Samad is likely unconcerned about being boycotted for his support of Hamas and his goal of ending Israel as we know it today. Remarkably, in Seattle, these kinds of initiatives tend to draw in rather than turn away clients. The question still stands: will Samad be subject to any action or charges from the Washington State Patrol (WSP)?
Meet Lauren Holloway,
“Boycott Starbucks end the occupation now” she wrote on @starbucks windows.
Noah Eretz | (@noaheretz) January 7, 2024
This will keep happening
Though well aware that activists would take the freeway, city authorities chose to ignore the situation and provide only weak proposals for dispersal before calling it a night.
The demonstrators are conscious of their power within the city. Even though the Washington State Patrol (WSP) released comments stating that these protests are illegal, there won’t be any real consequences, therefore these kinds of events will definitely happen again.
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