At around 11 a.m. on Sunday, two floors of the Red Lion Motel in downtown Olympia, Washington were forcibly taken over by a mob armed with knives, hatchets, gas masks and batons. Calling themselves “homeless activists,” they stormed the motel, demanding that homeless people be allowed to winter inside the building. For free, of course. The group appeared to be made up of agitators as well as Antifa.
Police received multiple 911 calls from employees at the Red Lion around 11 a.m. Sunday saying numerous individuals were entering their lobby armed with batons, knives and axes. One employee was assaulted as they tried to close the doors and the rest fled to the basement, according to an Olympia police spokesperson.
The group has since been identified as Oly Housing Now, a homeless activist group, according to a city press release. The group had reserved 17 rooms before the occupation, which were being used by unhoused individuals, city officials said.
When police arrived, there were about 45 members of the group inside and outside of the hotel. The group had occupied the 4th and 5th floors and were placing black tarps on the windows, according to police.King5
Guests who paid for their rooms on the related floors had to shelter in their rooms, and staff had to shelter in the basement of the motel. One staff member was assaulted.
For reference, the activists put out a press release saying they were illegally occupying the hotel. They are accused of having weapons inside — and assaulting a staff members of the hotel. The staff had to flee to the basement.Jason Rantz KTTH radio on scene
The group calling itself “Oly Housing Now” were not your average “advocates for the homeless.” It’s terrorism, an open attempt to intimidate and terrorize. Olympia Police issued this statement on the Olympia occupation:
“The Olympia Police Department (OPD) is in the process of clearing the Downtown Olympia Red Lion Hotel after it was forcibly occupied by a group identified as Oly Housing Now, a homeless activist group. Employees of the hotel have been safely escorted out of the occupied hotel after sheltering in the basement through the afternoon and part of the evening.
“At about 11 a.m. today, people inside the Red Lion began calling 911 to report a group was attempting to forcibly take over the hotel. OPD received reports that the employees felt under threat from the group, and that an employee was allegedly assaulted.
“Employees reported that some members of the activist group inside the hotel were armed with items such as hatchets, batons, knives and had gasmasks, helmets and goggles apparently in preparation for a confrontation. OPD estimated about 45 members of the group inside and outside of the hotel.
“At the time of the occupation, approximately 40 rooms in the hotel were booked with guests who were bystanders to the incident. Those guests sheltered in their rooms during the occupation, and OPD is providing a safe place for them as the hotel is cleared.
“Before the occupation, the activist group had earlier reserved 17 rooms, which were occupied by currently unhoused individuals as the occupation occurred. As OPD clears the hotel, the City’s Crisis Response Unit is connecting those unhoused people to services. They will not be allowed to remain at the hotel.
“OPD does anticipate there will be some arrests associated with the occupation. The investigation is ongoing. OPD is being supported in their efforts to reclaim the hotel by the Thurston County Sherriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol.
“Making sure our unhoused residents have access to safe and affordable housing has been Olympia’s priority for more than a decade,” said Mayor Cheryl Selby. “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.”
Antifa and other “activists” often use things like the pandemic or a shooting as the excuse to demand, intimidate, attack, riot, loot, set fires, etc. In the case of the Olympia occupation, the police were ready and held their ground in spite of the taunting, attacks and usual threats.
Featured photo: Twitter via Jason Rantz, KTTH radio
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