By Hudson Crozier
What happened: Atlanta police arrested 35 people, including 23 for domestic terrorism, in connection to an Antifa-linked riot against a police training facility on Sunday. Rioters set construction equipment on fire with Molotov cocktails and threw rocks and fireworks at police. No injuries were reported.
Background: Far-left activists declared an “autonomous zone” in the forest where the training facility is being built and have illegally occupied it for months. One of them died in a shootout with police in January, and protests have escalated ever since.
How Sunday’s attack happened: An Antifa-affiliated Twitter account promoted plans for the attack as part of a “week of action” scheduled for March 4-11. A mob descended on the construction site with homemade shields and barricaded the gate in what police described as a “coordinated” attack. Twitter has previously tried to crack down on Antifa accounts that organize or promote violence, but Antifa supporters are still using the platform to fundraise and offer resources for allies and arrestees.
Who are the extremists? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said she will introduce a bill to declare Antifa a terrorist group, much like former President Donald Trump tried to do via executive agencies. One accused domestic terrorist in the attack is a lawyer for the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has repeatedly hired Antifa sympathizers, and SPLC condemned his arrest. Ironically, the FBI recently planned to use SPLC research as a resource for fighting extremism in a now-removed document.