Funeral services are taking place Wednesday in Charlottesville, Virginia, for Heather Heyer, the woman killed when she was struck by a vehicle driven by a white supremacist. A small group of Antifa activists showed up to the event, armed with pink baseball bats and purple shields, Twitchy said.
According to the Washington Post’s Dan Zak, they were there to provide protection in case neo-Nazis decided to crash the funeral.
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Naturally, Twitchy said, reporters “swarmed” the small group, which is probably what they wanted.
The Hill’s Taylor Lorenz said activists claimed the police wouldn’t protect them…
According to a post at Mic:
White supremacist website the Daily Stormer encouraged protesters from the so-called “alt-right” to attend Heyer’s funeral, according to the Independent. The site’s administrator called for “people on the ground” at the funeral after previously mocking the 32-year-old Heyer’s death.
Why the concern? A tweet by Laura Loomer said that the system administrator of the Daily Stormer website seemed intent on sending Nazis to the event:
The UK Independent added:
One of America’s most prominent neo-Nazi websites has apparently ordered its readers to harass the funeral of Heather Heyer, the civil rights worker who was killed during the disorder in the Virginian town of Charlottesville.
The Daily Stormer helped organise the ultra-right wing rally where a car was driven into counter-demonstrators, killing the 32-year-old paralegal and hurting 19 other people.
Andrew Auernheimer, known by the online pseudonym ‘weev’, instructed users on the do “some research” on the ceremony.
He said: “What’s the location of the fat skank’s funeral … get on it, e-sleuths. I’d do it myself but slammed with current logistical issues. I want to get people on the ground there.”
Those “logistical issues” may be related to the fact that the site lost its hosting provider after Charlottesville and is now in what site founder Andrew Anglin called “internet prison with drug dealers, terrorists and perverts…”
As it turns out, no one had any reason to really be concerned. Lt. Steve Upman of the Charlottesville Police Department told Mic they “don’t have any credible threats” of protests by hate groups.
And as WCPO’s Hillary Lake observed, Antifa had literally nothing to worry about, which doesn’t surprise us in the least:
— Hillary Lake 10TV (@hillarylake) August 16, 2017
So it seems Antifa wasn’t really interested in protecting anyone — they were just there for attention. Besides, if they were really all that concerned about protection, wouldn’t they have had a much larger presence?
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