Remember "CHAZ" - the "autonomous" zone in Seattle where Antifa took over an entire city block?
Something similar has just happened in Austin, Texas.
Mayor Steve Adler’s Austin is still getting worse. He led the explosion of homeless camping citywide and the defunding of police.
Police are leaving in droves, crime is spiking hard, and homeless camping spread serious blight all over the city. Now that blight is concentrating downtown, thanks to another of Adler’s addle-brained decisions.
If you walk or drive around city hall in Austin, Texas, now, you’ll see a new tent city. It sprung up after voters in the city overwhelmingly voted to reinstate the ban on camping on public land on May 1.
Even during the ban, camping at city hall was illegal. Adler and the then-unanimous Democrat city council took care of itself that way, while allowing the rest of the city to become a trash heap and a disease and fire hazard.
Now, because the voters have spoken, the ban is being phased back in citywide.
But city hall is occupied. A tent city with its own machete-wielding “security” squats on space on which it has always been illegal to camp.
Mayor Steve Adler is doing nothing about it.
Last week, PJM reported on an incident that happened outside city hall when Councilmember Mackenzie Kelly was trying to speak to media. Kelly was harassed by an activist who repeatedly shouted profanities at her.
Since then, Kelly has been harassed repeatedly. In one case, the harassers carried weapons.