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Antifa Launches Mass Anti-Police Action in NYC Subways

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Antifa called for a day of action in New York City on Friday against law enforcement and transit fares.

“The streets are ours. The trains our ours. The walls are ours. This moment is ours,” the Antifa-linked Twitter account Decolonize This Place posted Tuesday in calling for action Friday.

The account tweeted videos and images of action being taken Friday morning.

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A website connected to the protest said the protests would peak at 5 p.m. local time at Grand Central Station.

“In all honesty though, we do not know what to expect, other than it will be an antagonistic scenario in one of the most policed and survielled sites in New York, with large numbers of indignant people ready to throw down in whatever ways feel good to them,” the group said. “We only ask that those planning riskier actions do so in ways that do not use other people as shields or put others unknowingly in harm’s way.

“That said, this is a time for losing fear and moving things forward, so those coming to Grand Central should be ready for things to pop off.”

The group went on to give the reason for the action Friday.

“People are taking action for various reasons, but the most immediate spark and subsequent fuel for the outrage on the streets has been the ongoing brutalization and harassment of black and brown people on the trains,” it said.

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“This is a long-term pattern that has only intensified as the MTA has ramped up its ‘broken windows’ policing approach, deployed against fare-jumping and other ‘quality of life’ crimes. These policies are related in turn to the MTA’s vote to add an additional 500 police to the subways this year to the tune of 250 million dollars.”

The group called the presence of police in the subways “a declaration of war against our communities.”

The Police Benevolent Association of New York City warned residents about the protests in a tweet Thursday.

“New Yorkers should pay close attention: this is true endgame of the anti-police movement, an end of all policing & destruction of public order. Our members have spent their careers — and in some cases given their lives — to bring public safety back to NYC. We can’t go backwards,” the tweet read.

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The New York Police Department said in a statement that it was “aware of the demonstration and will have an adequate police presence in place,” according to Fox News.

Antifa did not get a lot of support on Twitter.

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has tweeted support for individuals protesting the $2.75 subway fare in New York City.

This month’s action follows protests in November that led to multiple arrests, according to the New York Post.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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