Antifa poses a clear and present danger to law and order

| August 11, 2020 8:31 AM

To the editor:

Regarding a letter to the editor published June 30 from Mark Roesler-Begalke about BLM and antifa (“Militia presence at Black Lives Matter rally was meant to intimidate rather than provide safety”), I really must take issue with his second paragraph. He wrote:

“There was a quote in the article that read: ‘We just don’t want any of that antifa stuff.’ If you read the national press and looked at the papers regarding antifa’s involvement in the riots and looting that occurred you would see that the FBI has reported no credible evidence of antifa sparking the violence. It is a talking point that President Donald Trump pushes without any proof or facts behind it.”

Well, let’s look at some facts.

Let’s look at KREM 2 News out of Spokane, Wash., which reported June 9 about the May 31 protest, where 19 people were arrested. Many people, including Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, said after the unrest that “the violence and looting that took place after that first peaceful protest of the death of George Floyd was caused by antifa groups bused into the city.”

Now let’s look at Portland, Ore. The “The Post Millennial” reported on July 7, 2020: “Seven Antifa militants have been arrested by authorities in Portland and are facing federal charges for participating in a violent riot outside of a U.S. courthouse. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams.”

Check out KSAT News in Austin, Texas. The headline published June 6, 2020, reads: “3 members of anti-government group antifa arrested after looting a Target in Austin, FBI says. Property damage and stolen property valued over $20,000.”

Look at ABC News that reported the FBI arrested Jason Charter, a self described supporter of Antifa, on a social media post.

I’ve seen and heard lots of other stories about how violent antifa is, but I’m limited on space. The FBI is arresting them. U.S. Attorneys and the officials with the Department of Justice are charging and prosecuting them.

President Trump does have a lot of proof and facts to back him up. I just listed four.

Craig Martin

Troy