Here’s one of those stories you laugh at when you first read it, then start worrying about:
Police say a mob of 25 anarchists fought with officers and tried to use eight-foot-long metal pipes to smash windows of a Starbucks in the East Village on Saturday.
The incident happened around 8:45 p.m. at the Starbucks on the corner of Astor Place and Lafayette Street. Customers were sent diving under tables during the attack.
The mob was unable to smash the thick protective plexiglass windows and there ended up being no damage to the store.
Police arrested Eric Marchese, 24, Alexander Penley, 41 and Nicholas Thommen, 30. All three men face multiple charges. Two officers sustained minor injuries in the melee.
As laughable as this is – black-garbed anarchists whacking away unsuccessfully at Starbucks windows – it also reveals that these characters are committed to violence. The Three Stooges yearn to be Three Who Made a Revolution. This report gives a clearer picture of what happened:
Coffee drinkers hid under tables during the fracas, cops said. The group had just left the sixth annual anarchist book fair being held at a church off Washington Square Park.
They then took to the streets marching against traffic chanting, “F— the NYPD!” “Cops are murderers!” and “All pigs must die!” authorities said.
In other words, they were acting out their own violent rhetoric.
We need to remember that the Occupy movement isn’t finished, and at least one of the anarchists who threatened the police and attacked Starbucks is an Occupy protester. Even more disturbing, Alexander Penley, one of the coffee-hating anarchists the police arrested, claims he stands “strong with antifa,” who are our very own Red Guard in our very own Cultural Revolution.
The upcoming Democratic National Convention promises to be a lively event. Several leftist groups from all over the country have banded together to revive the Occupy movement by protesting in Charlotte, which they call “The Wall Street of the South.” And check out the remarks of this gentleman, as quoted in the Charlotte Observer:
“We won’t tolerate any effort to stop us from exercising our constitutional rights to protest,” said Larry Holmes, with Occupy 4 Jobs in New York. “If they have to arrest 10,000 of us, if we have to fill the jails, … we will be here.”
Does that sound ominous to you? I took Holmes’s statement as a threat, and decided to learn more about him. Turns out Larry Holmes is the First Secretary of the Stalinist Workers World Party. I don’t know about you, but membership in a party that celebrates mass murderers and violent revolution STRONGLY SUGGESTS Holmes and his friends intend to make real trouble during the DNC this summer. And the hostile attitude both anarchists and antifa have toward police warrants serious concern.
But how typical of the Observer, which always tries to pretty up the public image of leftist groups. In January, it failed to mention that two of the Occupy Charlotte protesters who burned the US flag were members of the thuggish Anti-Racist Action network.
However, I have to consider that it’s not liberal bias at work in the Observer’s coverage gaps. Could be the paper has never heard of Google. It’s possible.