We knew it would come to this. Liberal progressive policies have empowered criminals and weakened citizens, leading to a need for vigilante justice. Unfortunately, law abiding citizens have thus far been able to erect large concrete blocks in an attempt to protect their property.
“Individual businesses and residents are putting ecology blocks out as taking matters in their own hands because if they call the city and say there are RVs out in front of their business or out in front of their home, they can’t do anything about it,” business owner JW Harvey told The Seattle Times.
Anonymous Seattleites have hauled the massive 1 to 2-ton blocks – known as “ecology blocks” or “eco blocks” – using special equipment outside residential areas and in front of businesses to prevent RVs from parking and homeless encampments from forming.
In Seattle, crime and homelessness has skyrocketed, particular during the pandemic. Murders spiked by 61% in 2020 compared to 2019, notching the highest number of murders for the city in 26 years. As of April of this year, violent crime was up 32% compared to 2021, previous reports found.
Installing the eco-blocks on a city street is technically illegal, but the city has not forcefully demanded the blocks’ removal, The Seattle Times report shows. “There are hundreds of such blocks of the streets of Seattle, but only 25 property and business owners have been warned that they could face fines for not removing the blocks since June 2021. The fines include: a $250 penalty for first offense, $500 for the second and $1,000 for the third violation. There are no limits to how many fines a person or business can receive in a year.”
Data from the King County Regional Homelessness Authority reported that roughly 13,368 people were homeless in 2022, up nearly 14% since 2020.
“Large vehicles such as RVs are only allowed to be parked in industrial zoned areas of the city, but the city paused parking enforcement during the pandemic. Anonymous individuals then proceeded to install more eco-blocks in front of businesses and homes, most notably in the neighborhoods such as Georgetown, Ballard and Sodo,” The Seattle Times reported.
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UPDATE: Pelosi lands in Taiwan
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed in Taiwa
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is making the highest-level trip in 25 years by a U.S. government official to Taiwan, a self-governing island that China’s Communist Party claims as a part of its territory.
According to a senior Taiwanese government official and a US official, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan during her trip to Asia. However, the Biden administration, and China, have warned her not to go.
Tensions between China and Taiwan have caused the White House concern over how Pelosi’s visit might invoke a reaction from China. Currently the delegation’s itinerary publicly includes stops in South Korea and Japan, but not Taiwan.
CNN reports that during a regular foreign ministry briefing Monday, China warned against the “egregious political impact” of Pelosi’s planned visit to the self-governing island that China claims as a part of its territory and reiterated that its military “won’t sit by idly” if Beijing feels its “sovereignty and territorial integrity” is being threatened.
“We would like to tell the US once again that China is standing by, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never sit idly by. China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters, when asked about the fallout from Pelosi leading a congressional delegation to Taipei.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan during her Asia trip, despite warnings from Biden officials worried about China's responsehttps://t.co/joU9Qyu92v
— CNN (@CNN) August 1, 2022
“As for what measures, if she dares to go, then let’s wait and see,” Zhao added.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated the administration’s line that it is Pelosi’s decision whether she visits, adding, “we do not know what Speaker Pelosi intends to do.”
The Taiwanese official stated Pelosi is expected to be in Taiwan overnight, although it is unclear when she will land. The U.S. official says the Defense Department is securing a safety plan for the Speaker, as well as monitoring Chinese “movements” in the region.
“Congress is an independent, coequal branch of government,” Blinken said at the United Nations on Monday afternoon. “The decision is entirely the Speaker’s…And so if the speaker does decide to visit and China tries to create some kind of crisis or otherwise escalate tensions, that would be entirely on Beijing,” Blinken said. “We are looking for them, in the event she decides to visit, to act responsibly and not to engage in in any escalation going forward.”
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