Central District Neighbors Say Their Home Was Vandalized By Anarchists

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee October 20, 2011

A Central District couple awoke Wednesday morning to find shards of glass in their yard and red paint splattered on the side of their home. The couple told police they believe they're being targeted by anarchists.  The city recently cracked down on an anarchist hangout house in the neighborhood, forcing the ad hoc venue, known as Autonomia, to close down.

A police report says someone threw paint-filled lightbulbs at the Central District couple's home on 24th Ave S. and S. Dearborn St, leaving twenty-foot high spatters of red paint. One of the residents told officers her family had "ongoing problems" with anarchists associated with Autonomia, an anarchist hangout—which, until recently, was located just down the block from the couple's home—and told police she "believes the anarchist group...caused the damage to her house."

This summer, Seattle police and the Department of Planning and Development cracked down on Autonomia, after neighbors complained about noise, fights, and garbage leftover from events at the venue.

The city issued Autonomia a citation for holding concerts at the facility, which was only licensed as a grocery store, church or for residential use, leading Autonomia to shut down in September.
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