On Friday, Weasel Zippers posted photos of flyers issued by a group calling itself the “Richmond Struggle Committee Initiative” that advocate physical violence against supporters of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in an effort to allegedly “smash” white supremacy.
Here’s the photos Weasel Zippers posted:
We took a look at their website, and it appears that yes, they are.
At the top of the page is a quote from Chinese Communist Mao Zedong: “Wherever there is oppression, there is rebellion.”
“It is of paramount importance that we get organized and remain vigilant, ready to smash white supremacy wherever it appears. They have promised us violence, and we must promise them the same,” the site says in a report entitled, “F**K Trump! Reportback.”
Here’s just some of what they reported :
Organizers met at Monroe Park at 6:30, and for the next hour and a half trickled in until we numbered around 60. We headed out, chanting “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,” “F**k Trump,” and “Black Lives Matter.” A pathetic contingent of bike cops kept a continual chorus of “Get to the sidewalk” and “Stop blocking the street.” They were completely ignored by all present. After this pitiful effort, the police completely folded, surrendering the streets to us. We marched down Broad, then turned down Marshall. The police had given up on trying to contain us at this point, and bystanders flocked to join us on the way. We arrived outside the coliseum around 8:30, joining around 40 other protesters already present, and we all continued chanting.
They apparently encountered a Trump supporter on the way (Emphasis added):
The first confrontation came when a Trump supporter—a slimy looking white yuppie—decided to antagonize us, confident that the police would support him. He was immediately surrounded, screamed at, and denounced, but nobody touched him. Some liberals tried to hand out flowers and tried to preach “love,” but were immediately shouted down by all else present. The police were the first to initiate violence, attempting to crush the crowd back. The first of us to fall was an elderly man, and the pigs continued to push people back on top of him. The crowd would not tolerate this, and pushed the police line back, chanting “F**k the Police.” Once again, liberals that took issue with this were shouted down. After a brief scuffle, the cops were pushed back against the barricades, once again humiliated. This would be their last attempt to assert their authority against us.
Notice, if you will, their response to liberals who disagree with them.
These aren’t your garden-variety leftists — they’re revolutionary Communists who seek to turn the U.S. into the modern version of the Soviet Union.
And yes, they’re dangerous.
The report adds:
Keeping Trump out of office is not enough. Focusing on electing the “right” candidate completely misses the point. Real political change comes from mass movements. Even if Trump loses, the fascist movement will not simply go away. It will still be stronger than ever, and it will be angry.
Militant opposition is the only way to deal with fascists. Liberals complain about us denying fascists their “right to free speech” as if we do not already know where that sort of “free speech” always leads. They expect us to give fascists the benefit of the doubt, and to wait until we re all in concentration camps before we start resisting. We refuse. The radicals in San Jose, across the country, and tonight in Richmond understand that white nationalists must be shut down wherever they appear. They must know that they are not welcome in Richmond or anywhere else. No matter what liberals say we have no obligation to respect the “rights” of those who deny our humanity. It is of paramount importance that we get organized and remain vigilant, ready to smash white supremacy wherever it appears. They have promised us violence, and we must promise them the same.
Actions like this must be built into a continuity of struggle towards the construction of autonomous working class organizations in workplaces, neighborhoods, schools and prisons with the strategic objective of destroying the system which perpetuates whiteness and breeds fascism.
Earlier Friday, Trump spoke at a campaign rally in Richmond. According to a report by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, five rioters were detained and one was charged:
A mild political protest outside the Richmond Coliseum turned confrontational on Friday night as anti-Donald Trump protesters briefly scuffled with police and marched through downtown streets for an hour.
Police said they detained five people and charged one with disorderly conduct.
Trouble began after a small group of young men in Trump gear walked through a group of more than 100 protesters in Festival Park around 9 p.m. Chaotic shoving ensued and a man in a Trump T-shirt, who earlier had danced in front of the anti-Trump crowd, pointed to his lip as if he’d been punched. More shoving occurred moments later as police moved into the area as some protesters were pushed to the ground and others pushed back against the police.
These racists are going to know that they can’t (expletive) come to Richmond without expecting a fight,” said 21-year-old Alejandro Sosa of the Richmond Struggle Committee Initiative.
Here’s a video report, courtesy of the Times-Dispatch:
In February 2011, I first said that liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of rage and hate. Leftists like this prove that assertion correct on just about any given day. It’s enough to make one think they really do want a second, bloody civil war.
I can’t help but wonder if this group plans to support this guy for mayor of Richmond…
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