Weeks after a leftist militant was put down after reportedly shooting a Georgia state trooper, leftist extremists have resumed their terror campaign to stop the construction of the new police training center in Dekalb County's South River Forest.
Officers were again pelted with rocks and incendiary devices during an anti-police demonstration that turned violent Sunday at the site of the planned Atlanta Public Safety Training Center.
Ultimately, 35 extremists were detained. Some have reportedly been charged with domestic terrorism.
What are the details?
In February, a leftist group that claims to be "a broad, diverse, decentralized movement to defend the Atlanta Forest" posted calls on social media for a "week of action to #StopCopCity ... for March 4-11 in Atlanta, GA."
The leftist blog Atlanta Community Press Collective, which has long promoted anti-police initiatives in the area, noted that hundreds of masked extremists heard the call and gathered over the weekend, chanting, "If you build it, we will burn it," as well as Marxist slogans such as "we have nothing to lose but our chains."
Reuters reported that leftist demonstrators held a music festival the following day, again in protest of the construction of what they call "Cop City."
The revelry did not last long, as black-clad militants amongst the crowd soon began throwing rocks at police, starting fires, and launching incendiary devices.
According to the Atlanta Police Department, a group of violent agitators used the demonstration as cover to launch a "coordinated attack" on construction equipment and police officers and began lobbing "large rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, and fireworks at police officers."
This video shows the leftist extremists begin to stream toward the construction site:
In addition to attacking officers, roughly 100 extremists vandalized various pieces of construction equipment.
WSB-TV reported that heavy smoke from the leftist attacks was visible miles away from the police facility.
The area was on lockdown, and a SWAT team responded to the scene to aid Georgia State Patrol, Atlanta Police, DeKalb County Police, Sandy Springs Police, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, and others in restoring order.
First responders put out the fires before they could spread to the surrounding forests and the litter left there by demonstrators.
Atlanta Police Department officials underscored Sunday night, "This is not a protest. ... This wasn’t about a public training center; this was about anarchy."
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said the violent activists responsible for the attacks "chose destruction and vandalism over legitimate protest, yet against demonstrating the radical intent behind their actions."
"Domestic terrorism will NOT be tolerated in this state," said the Georgia governor in a statement. "As we continue to respect peaceful protest, we will also continue to ensure safety in our communities. We will not rest until those who use violence and intimidation for an extremist end are brought to justice."
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said, "What happened last night was not peaceful protest - it was violence. Plain and simple. We will not tolerate this destruction of property, and we will seek to ensure that those who have engaged in this criminal behavior are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law."
WSB-TV reported that many among the 35 leftists reportedly detained were from out of state.
The Atlanta Community Press Collective claimed that as of 10:20 a.m. on Monday, 23 individuals were facing domestic terrorism charges.
Following the attacks, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) announced on Twitter she will be introducing a resolution Tuesday in Congress recognizing Antifa as a terrorist organization.
Greene wrote, "Antifa attacked the Atlanta future Public Safety Training Facility. This is domestic terrorism. It was planned for weeks and announced on social media. Antifa are self proclaimed communists and consistently organize to attack our government over and over again. They should be taken seriously and not tolerated anymore."
The Hill reported that Greene is not the first to attempt to hold Antifa accountable in Congress. In 2021, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) introduced a resolution to designate Antifa a terror organization, but the Democrat-controlled Congress killed it.
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