Yeah, I was wondering what they meant by "autonomous zone".
If its just that the police have withdrawn, good. Its a victory for the protesters, and a good move to deescalate by the city. If it were a case of the protests trying to set up their own politically autonomous area, however, then I acknowledge that I'd have problems with that. I am deeply opposed to anything that carries the whiff of secessionism- partly because I'm an internationalist, and desire a more united world, not less, and partly because the US government could never allow such an act without surrendering its own authority, and therefore I expect it would end in mass bloodshed if it achieved any significant success, and partly because once Leftists start setting up autonomous enclaves, the Right will too, only theirs' will involve purging minorities with assault rifles.
Very near the top of the list of hypotheticals that scare the hell out of me is the prospect of a balkanized United States divided into hundreds of conflicting microstates.
Bottom line: there are very few situations where I would support attempts to create independent authorities within the United States, in name or in fact. I'll support the sovereignty of indigenous tribes to the extent it is protected by treaty. But beyond that... probably not. Even if this were a full-scale civil war, I'd be on the side fighting to overthrow the government and create a new democratic America, not any side seeking to break the United States apart.
"I know its easy to be defeatist here because nothing has seemingly reigned Trump in so far. But I will say this: every asshole succeeds until finally, they don't. Again, 18 months before he resigned, Nixon had a sky-high approval rating of 67%. Harvey Weinstein was winning Oscars until one day, he definitely wasn't."-John Oliver
"The greatest enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan."-General Von Clauswitz, describing my opinion of Bernie or Busters and third partiers in a nutshell.
I SUPPORT A NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE TO REMOVE TRUMP FROM OFFICE.