Confusion as Seattle activists change CHAZ to CHOP to better reflect its message

Confusion as Seattle activists change CHAZ to CHOP to better reflect its message
Armed guard ar CHAZ

[Ed. – To avoid confusion they should have changed the name to ‘The Quasi-Geopolitical Entity Formerly Known as CHAZ.’]

It’s time for a brand new name for the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). Some organizers now refer to the commandeered 6-block radius as Capitol Hill Occupied (or Organized) Protest (CHOP). But some folks are confused.

The change was made, one unnamed organizer said, because “this is not an autonomous zone, and we’re not trying to secede from the United States.”

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He claimed that outsiders called it CHAZ, though provided little evidence. Indeed, protesters at the site previously known as CHAZ actively embraced the old name. But, CHOP it is. We’re just not entirely sure what the “O” stands for.

On Saturday afternoon, one organizer on a bullhorn announced the change from CHAZ to CHOP. He said the “O” stands for “Occupied.” But another organizer confidently declares it “Organized.”]

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