Leftist militants armed with hatchets, knives, batons take over hotel in radical hub of Olympia, Washington — and SWAT is called in

Several dozen leftist militants armed with hatchets, knives, and batons forcibly took over a hotel in the radical hub otherwise known as Olympia, Washington, Sunday.

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Those inside the Red Lion hotel began calling 911 around 11 a.m., saying a group was attempting to forcibly take over the hotel, the city’s statement said. Police were told that the employees felt threatened by the group and that an employee allegedly was assaulted.

The group was identified as Oly Housing Now, a homeless activist group, and its members had gas masks, helmets, and goggles, apparently in preparation for a confrontation, the statement noted. Police estimated about 45 members of the group were inside and outside the hotel.

At the time of the occupation, approximately 40 hotel rooms were booked with bystanders — and those guests sheltered in their rooms during the occupation, the statement said. Hotel employees sheltered in the basement through the afternoon and part of the evening.

But before the occupation, the group had reserved 17 rooms occupied by homeless people. The group had occupied the 4th and 5th floors and were placing black tarps on the windows as police arrived, cops told KING-TV.

Police added to the station that a Thurston County judge granted a search warrant for first-degree burglary, trespassing, and conspiracy to commit burglary. By 6:30 p.m., Olympia police with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol’s SWAT team entered the hotel and began making arrests, KING reported.

As of Sunday night, 12 people had been arrested, the station said, adding that the SWAT team conducted a room-by-room search and employees and guests were escorted safely out of the building.

The city’s statement noted that the homeless people in the hotel rooms were directed to social services and won’t be allowed to stay at the hotel.

“Making sure our unhoused residents have access to safe and affordable housing has been Olympia’s priority for more than a decade,” Mayor Cheryl Selby said. “Olympia has led on responding to homelessness, on coordinating shelter and other basic needs. The tactics used today by Oly Housing Now are unproductive and won’t make the mission more attainable.”

10 thoughts on “Leftist militants armed with hatchets, knives, batons take over hotel in radical hub of Olympia, Washington — and SWAT is called in

    1. Yes!!! Washington State asked for this. Please don’t waste our thin blue line on helping the leftest . Remember, they hate the police—and our country

  1. Hey Olympia you better start building more hotels. These people mean business. The government isn’t going to do s##t for you. Except stand back and cheer for their goon squad.

  2. You will never hear about this siege on the lame street media sites, if they were conservatives doing this it would be repeated 24/7 for weeks! But then, conservatives wouldn’t do this crap anyway!

  3. These people are DEMANDING that “we” the half-way succesful people and those who are willing to work for a living GIVE them a nice clean place to stay with all the benefits like clean sheets and maid service. HECK NO! Most atually have places to stay but choose not to because they have to live by rules of those that own the homes. DO NOT EVER come to my home with weapons and demand I give them a place to stay. I WILL defend my home with lethal force!

  4. Let the local politicians deal with this. And, this is why I am for GUN CONTROL, -EVERY HOME SHOULD HAVE ONE. Time to fight fire with fire. There appears to be only one way to stop this arm of the demoncrat fed militia. Eliminate them one at a time if you feel threatened. Feeling threatened is a legal defense.

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