After Friday’s “Night of Rage” in Atlanta petered out, Saturday night brought violent Antifa protests to the city. Antifa terrorists ignited flares and fireworks, set a police cruiser on fire, and vandalized businesses in downtown Atlanta.
Local media repeated the tired, tired line of “peaceful demonstrations”.
EARLIER TODAY: This was the scene at Underground Atlanta earlier today when the protest was mostly peaceful and just as #COPCITY protesters started their march into the streets, things took a turn when a portion of the group began to vandalize buildings and police vehicles. #ATL pic.twitter.com/tWqBQSIzX9
— Billy Heath III (@BillyHeathFOX5) January 22, 2023
WATCH🚨: Local Atlanta reporter calls the protest in Atlanta “largely peaceful protest” as a police cruiser is on fire in the background.
You can’t make this stuff up. pic.twitter.com/SHojxUIEtt
— Officer Lew (@officer_Lew) January 22, 2023
Granted, the protests did start out peaceful, but the fact that protesters had explosives on them shows that they had terroristic intent. (I’m also inclined to point out that Fox 5’s reporters are usually better than the ones reporting this weekend.)
Andre Dickens, Atlanta Mayor, countered this narrative at Saturday’s press conference. He also noted that many of the protesters are not local.
He said that many of them didn’t live in Atlanta or the state of Georgia and don’t represent Atlanta’s voices. “Some of them were found with explosives, you heard it correctly, explosives. This led to the car of a police officer being set on fire and other destruction.”
It’s the next thing he said that is most important.
He continued, “So don’t make any mistake about it. These individuals meant harm both to people and property.”
It is worth pointing out that Dickens is a Democrat. However, he doesn’t follow the woke crime rhetoric of many Democrat mayors.
After the Keisha Lance Bottoms years, Dickens is a refreshing departure. Dickens was a fan of Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican. Dickens barely mentioned Stacey Abrams, Democrat — whose foundation work led to the violence this weekend.
Dickens’ original song is refreshing in an age when Democrats sing from the same hymnbook. It will hopefully help him steer the city in a more secure direction.