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FEBRUARY 2023

Police Arrest 6 After Fiery Atlanta Riots, Mayor Confirms Antifa Used Explosives

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Police Arrest 6 After Fiery Atlanta Riots, Mayor Confirms Antifa Used Explosives

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A protest in downtown Atlanta over a police shooting turned into a riot on Saturday nightas hooligans attacked the office tower home to the Atlanta Police Foundation, damaged other structures, and torched a police vehicle. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens told reporters police arrested six people — and some of the ones arrested had explosives.

Police Arrest 6 After Fiery Atlanta Riots, Mayor Confirms Antifa Used Explosives
Along with three other buildings, rioters attacked 191 Peachtree Tower in the heart of Atlanta’s Hotel District (via CBRE)

The mayhem along famed Peachtree Street — in the heart of Atlanta’s hotel district and right next to the Ritz-Carlton — sent tourists scattering for safety. 

Masked rioters wearing the all-black uniform favored by Antifa used rocks, hammers, fireworks, and spray paint to lash out at 191 Peachtree, a 50-story office tower that Deloitte and many other tenants also use. Other buildings were damaged as the group smashed tall glass windows and revolving doors and painted anti-police slogans on the upscale buildings.

Six were arrested, and police say they confiscated “explosive” devices, though it’s not clear if that’s a melodramatic description of fireworks. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens confirmed explosives were used in the attacks. He also said that “many of [those arrested] don’t even live in Atlanta or in the State of Georgia, and they don’t represent the voices of Atlanta.”

Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said the rioters had bigger ambitions that cops thwarted:

“We can tell now, early in this investigation, this was not the focus tonight just to damage the windows of three buildings and set a police car on fire. The intent was to continue to do harm, and that did not happen.”

The violence capped a protest march along the street, as demonstrators railed against Wednesday’s fatal police shooting of a protestor who was among others trying to prevent the construction of an 85-acre, $90 million police and fire training facility on the city’s southeast side, which protestors have dubbed “Cop City.”

Police say that the protestor refused to exit a tent on the wooded property where the facility is to be built, and then shot a Georgia State Patrol trooper with a 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, prompting other troopers to open fire. The trooper was hit in the abdomen but lived. Activists challenge the police account and characterize the killing as “murder.”

The slain protestor was 26-year-old Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, who was known among the “Stop Cop City” movement by the name “Tortuguita.” Associated Press helpfully tells us Teran was a “nonbinary person and used they/it pronouns.” He was among many others in approximately 25 campsites.

Police Arrest 6 After Fiery Atlanta Riots, Mayor Confirms Antifa Used Explosives
The place where Manuel “Tortuguita” Teran died in a gunfire exchange with police (Georgia Bureau of Investigation)

In clearing the occupiers, police say they seized mortar-style fireworks, multiple-edged weapons, pellet rifles, gas masks, and a blow torch. Seven people were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism and criminal trespass. Notably, not a single one of them is a Georgia resident.

Police Arrest 6 After Fiery Atlanta Riots, Mayor Confirms Antifa Used Explosives
Opponents of the future Atlanta Public Safety Training Center have been camped out on the property for months (Andy Ngo via Daily Mail)

In the wake of Teran’s death, a Twitter account called “Scenes from the Atlanta Forest” called for a “night of rage” on Friday, with “reciprocal violence to be done to the police and their allies.” The account is now suspended. Ahead of the protest, organizers distributed flyers that said, “Police killed a protester. Stand up. Fight back.”

Opponents say the future Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, which will include a gun range, a mock cityscape and a “burn building,” will harm black people and the environment. As Jasmine Burnett, organizing director of Community Movement Builder puts it:

“They’re literally going to build a mock version of Atlanta to practice different urban warfare tactics. The purpose of this project is to be able to better surveil, better suppress and better prevent liberation movements that directly address the exploitation [of] black and working-class communities.”

The project has garnered bonus outrage points for being situated on land that was previously home to a slave plantation and a prison farm.

For months, opponents have camped out in tents and on platforms in trees, and built sloppy barricades on the property. Over that time, they’ve stolen and damaged a construction vehicle and thrown a Molotov cocktail at police. Wednesday’s police raid was meant to put a decidedly tardy end to all that.

Police Arrest 6 After Fiery Atlanta Riots, Mayor Confirms Antifa Used Explosives

“Defend the Atlanta Forest” members and a truck they seized from a construction crew and destroyed (Jack Crosbie/Rolling Stone)

Fiery But Peaceful In Atlanta? CNN Once Again Suggests That Leftist Riots Are Not Violent

If there is one strategy that the political left relies on more than any other in their quest for better optics, it’s the strategy of gaslighting. 

And, CNN is often at the forefront of many gaslighting campaigns when it comes to Antifa, BLM, or any other far left group that resorts to violence and property destruction in the name of “social justice.”

Recent riots in Atlanta by members of Antifa are bringing back memories of 2020 and 2021 when CNN called leftist riots “fiery but peaceful,” a level of propaganda that should only be seen in dystopian sci-fi movies but is now very real. 

Police Arrest 6 After Fiery Atlanta Riots, Mayor Confirms Antifa Used Explosives

Well, the media outlet is at it again, platforming journalists who are more interested in spinning events to their political advantage rather than pursuing the truth. 

It should be noted that the attacks in Atlanta were triggered after Antifa members allegedly fired on police officers as they entered an “autonomous zone” at the site of the future $90 million Atlanta Public Safety Training Center in a ‘clearing operation’ on Wednesday. 

One officer was injured during the exchange, and one Antifa member was killed.  In response, Antifa blamed Atlanta police and called for a ‘Night of Rage’.

Another reality to consider is that if a firefight broke out between conservative activists or a “militia” and police over an “autonomous zone”, and conservatives rioted in response, the same media talking heads would be incensed with anger and making accusations of terrorism and insurrection.  The double standard in favor of leftist activists is a defining narrative of our era.

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Mexican American 🇲🇽

America the country I was born in. So fucked up, smh.

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EAT SHIT

And yet you preface your spiel with, ‘Mexican’. Thus, you aren’t a real American. Time to go home, Pedro. Not like you contribute anything, anyways. Probably another welfare parasite.

Proud US Transarmy Veteran

Stop your butthurt

Fake Mexican American

Well care you ass back to Mexico then or shut the f**** up!

Proud US Transarmy Veteran

Stop your butthurt

EAT SHIT

And yet you preface your spiel with, ‘Mexican’. Thus, you aren’t a real American. Time to go home, Pedro. Not like you contribute anything, anyways. Probably another welfare parasite.

Bobo

The USA is over long ago

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Christopher

The USA and the promise for the future it once had effectively died on Dec 23 1913.

Buford T Justice

Bullshit , it died with Bush , Cheney , Rumsfeld and Scalia , the neocon take over.

Christopher

That shows you are ignorant of history and economics.

RazorRamon

Glory to all anti-fascists

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Nose, Nose

Do you think Antifa is anti-fascist? If yes, you are quite ill informed.

RazorRamon

Yes they are anti-fascists idiot. That’s literally what Antifa stands for. They are anti-fascists

Florian Geyer

This violence in the USA is perfect karma for the WOKE loonies on all sides of the ‘me,they’ nutters.

Long may the karma last :)

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Proud US Transarmy Veteran

And another mass shooting in California ten people killed ten injured

bert33

PNN is crap, which is why they are going out of business. As for antifa, grubnitz is playing with their food for as long as it amuses them to do so…they’re so cuuuute, in their little ski masks with their little signs…but no real honest threat or hazard to anyone which is why they’re still tolerated. For now.

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maharaja

Story should simply be Police change non binary’s pro nouns to was and were!

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John Kesich

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John Kesich

Curious that this article and most of the comments to it support the US establishment. The same establishment which paid $5 billion – according to Victoria Nuland – on “democracy building” in Ukraine and forced Russia to intervene militarily. I don’t see much difference between what is spouted here and what I would expect from Azov. If people see through the propaganda from Zelensky, the CIA and the west’s privatized ministry of propaganda, why are the swallowing the propaganda about cop city being peddled by most of the same gang? It is not clear if any of those arrested played any part in the arson, and it would not be the first time the establishment used agents provocateurs to smear and discredit protestors. In my experience, it is the right who are prone to violence.

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Asian American

White people don’t act like you didn’t murder the rightful owners and steal all of land in the USA. So STFU you two-faced criminals.

Analyst

So what? Antifa are against fascism. That is what their name means. “Anti-fascist.”

Trump was a fascist, the republicans are fascists. Against fascists, everything is permitted. Becuse they are fascists.

Just as every thing is permitted against the nazis. like the Kiev neo-nazi regime. they need to be destroyed.

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John Kesich

Southfront proves, at least to me, that it is no better than YouTube, censoring two of my comments calling out the BS in this story and among the ignorant, nasty dolts who have posted the most comments to it.

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