Protesters disperse as tear gas, pepper spray and flash-bang devices are deployed by police in the CHOP “occupied” zone in Seattle, Washington, which was dismantled by police early on Wednesday morning [File: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters]

Heavily equipped police in Seattle, Washington converged on the city’s “occupied” protest zone in tactical vehicles early on Wednesday after Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an executive order for protesters to vacate the area.

People have occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct for about two weeks after police abandoned the building following standoffs and clashes with protesters calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality.

Police said the move on Wednesday was designed to protect the public. Protesters in the Capitol

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