Saturday, May 30th, 2020
Just a couple of notes from watching the coverage of nationwide protests of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, and adjacent violence, looting, and property destruction that may have nothing at all to do with the protest itself.
- There continues to be discussion of ‘outsiders’ actually causing the glass breaking and the vehicle torching. Atlanta’s police chief said right out that they think they see two different factions—the protesters and these ‘others.’ Who are they? Anarchists, says the chief.
Former FBI counterintelligence director Frank Figliuzzi said on MSNBC:
“We’re seeing evidence in the protests that right-wing dangerous militia groups are there. We’ve seen flags and symbols that come from both Boogaloo Bois and dangerous militia groups,” he warned. “On the far-left, we’re seeing some evidence developing of global anarchists showing up.”
“Boogaloo Bois” on the right, “Global Anarchists” on the left. Still not much for a journalist to hang his or her hat on.
- It sure looks like state police and national guard troops are following plans that say: show up in overwhelming numbers, disperse protestors, violent or not, if they continue to protest past curfew. Use force to achieve empty streets.
- I feel as if I’m watching the children of Ferguson, their agonies spread nationwide.