A group of social justice warriors out of Austin, Texas has staged a protest that many people have found to be more than a bit insensitive. The students gathered on a high school campus and chanted about wanting to kill cops.
This protest came during a bad week for law enforcement. There were four police officers shot this week, and that means the number of officers shot in the line duty this year has risen dramatically–more than 60% more than in 2015, and there’s still a month to go.
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The group of protestors has been showing up frequently in Austin. They call themselves “The Red Guard” and wear red hood and face masks, some emblazoned with the soviet-era hammer and sickle design. Don’t look for too much logic there. The American freedoms which allow these protestors to say whatever they choose is clearly not represented by the Stars-and-Stripes, but the Soviet Union was all about freedom of expression. Wasn’t it?
The video below will speak for itself. It contains harsh language, so make sure your volume levels are appropriate.
For those who wish to take a deeper look into their ideologies, I offer this, from the Red Guard’s own website:
Aside from issuing a call for heightened antifascist organizing among the organizations that already exist, we have also managed to form a coalition of antifascists, which we so desperately need in this time and place. This coalition has served as a nexus for antifascists of all ideological traditions (the overwhelming majority of them being revolutionary communists) to come together in an effort to stop fascism from gaining any support and hinder the ability of fascists to organize.
This counter-protest was rightfully more militant and angry than ones we have seen over the past few weeks since Trump’s electoral win. Since this counter-protest was organized by revolutionaries and not the liberals who have seemingly run out of steam after their week-long run of protests, we were able to reach the parts of the community that aren’t as organized—and aren’t as liberal. Organizations such as Serve the People – Austin, Revolutionary Student Front, Revolutionary Alliance of Trans People Against Capitalism (RATPAC), Palestinian Solidarity Committee, and members of Austin Socialist Collective were some of the most active and militant of counter-protesters.
It is our duty as communists, and specifically as Maoists, to carry on the fight against fascists that so many of our predecessors have lost their lives defeating. We DO NOT believe in freedom of hate speech, and we will always confront and shut down these vermin when they attempt to make an appearance. As Maoists, we firmly believe that white supremacists need to be met with and overwhelmed by a greater force. This is why we called for an armed partisan unit under our command. Partisans are not a people’s army, but they should still be guided by the party (or, in the absence of a party, disciplined cadre). Partisans are firmly on the side of the people in their fight against fascism and exist for the purpose of ensuring survival. We will never again have another Greensboro Massacre, where the KKK killed communists who were shouting “death to the Klan!” And our blood will not be the only blood spilled if they try to stab us as TWP did to antifa in California. We will fight back every single time!!
So they’re Maoists! That makes everything clear. For those who need a quick primer, here’s what Maoists look like where the cops they’re chanting about killing aren’t there to protect them.
“We DO NOT believe in freedom of hate speech….” Really? Chanting about killing cops…that was what exactly?