On Saturday night, far-left demonstrators rioted downtown Atlanta. They set fire to a police vehicle and broke business windows.
According to reports, the protest began with a “mostly peaceful” demonstration in response to the death of 26-year-old activist Manuel Teran, who was killed during a police sweep on Wedneday “in what the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said was an exchange of gunfire with police that wounded a state trooper,”According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). Unidentified trooper is still at large. He was taken to hospital and underwent surgery.
Protesters sang before the riots. “No justice, no peace, no killer police”And “Stop cop city,”It refers the Atlanta Police Training Site’s name.
“They also chanted ‘stop police terror,’ ‘free the activists,’ and ‘drop the charges,’ referring to how at least seven other people have been arrested and charged with domestic terrorism in connection with Wednesday’s law enforcement operation in the southern DeKalb woods,”The AJC has been noted.
One individual tried to chant along with the others. “If they build it, we will burn it,” in reference to the city’s plans to “build a training center for police and firefighters within several acres of forested land in DeKalb County.”
Protests eventually escalated into violence, when a police car was set on fire and businesses were taken in. Numerous incidents of property damage were reported to the police along Peachtree street. The Atlanta Police Foundation also had its glass doors smashed in.
Atlanta is being ravaged by Antifa right now pic.twitter.com/UH3H8CVV6X
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) January 22, 2023
.@FOX5AtlantaCNN pulls the plug “largely peaceful protest”Their news section featured the brutal attack on Downtown Atlanta. #Antifa & far-left extremists. Mayor just confirmed that the explosives found in arrestees was evidence of their terrorism. pic.twitter.com/wulkxaHL95
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) January 22, 2023
“Several arrests have been made at this time and order has been restored to the downtown space. This is still an active and ongoing investigation and we will not be able to provide specifics on arrests numbers or property damaged, at this time,”According to the Atlanta Police Department, reporters were informed.
At a conference of police officers, Mayor Andre Dickens said the same thing. “Thanks for the quick action of our public safety officials working together, order has been restored in a swift manner.”
“The city of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department will not, will not tolerate this and we continue to protect the right to peacefully protest. We will not tolerate violence or property destruction,”He concluded.
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