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Tennessee governor warns ‘autonomous zones’ will not be tolerated
Hours before some activists plan to take over a public space outside the Tennessee state Capitol and stay for an undetermined amount of time, Gov. Bill Lee issued a warning Friday that autonomous zones “will not be tolerated.”
A graphic circulating online Thursday and Friday announced plans for a “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” at Legislative Plaza, a public area located directly across the street from the Capitol, though it’s unclear who is behind plans for the sit-in.
The apparent effort comes as activists in Seattle established their own autonomous zone, taking over multiple city blocks in recent days and refusing to leave.
The Seattle occupation, which has not involved reported violence, has become a temporary encampment for artists, musicians and other protesters trying to demonstrate a society without law enforcement amid calls around the nation to “defund police.”
The group moved in after police in Seattle vacated their precinct in the Capitol Hill neighborhood on Monday after clashing with protesters for days.
“We encourage Tennesseans to exercise their First Amendment rights and have seen many examples of peaceful protests across our state in recent weeks,” Lee said in a statement midday Friday. “As demonstrations continue, we will continue to protect Tennesseans’ right to peaceful assembly, while also reassuring citizens that lawlessness, autonomous zones, and violence will not be tolerated.