On Saturday night, Antifa members took to the streets of Atlanta to throw rocks at and light fires outside of the Atlanta Police Foundation after the now-suspended Atlanta Forest Twitter account called for a "night of rage" following the fatal shooting of one of their members, 26-year-old Manuel Esteban Paez Teran.The Post Millennial Editor-at-Large Andy Ngo tweeted, "Breaking: Far-left extremists & #Antifa gathering for revenge against law enforcement in #Atlanta over the killing of their gunman at their autonomous zone smashed up businesses & set an @Atlanta_Police vehicle on fire."
"A white female arrested at the violent attack on the Atlanta Police Foundation tries to pull a George Floyd by shouting, 'I can't breathe' when she was standing. Far-left extremists gathered for a revenge riot over the shooting death of their gunman," Ngo tweeted.
"In addition to smashing up businesses, cars & the ATL Police Foundation, far-left extremists came with arson supplies to set an @Atlanta_Police vehicle on fire. The riot was organized as revenge for their gunman dying in a shootout at the autonomous zone," Ngo added.
"Treehouse Antifa getting mass arrested in Atlanta," tweeted Jack Posobiec.
Mayor Andre Dickens confirmed during a press conference that Antifa militants had explosives.
Manuel Esteban Paez Teran was killed by police after he allegedly shot an officer who was part of an operation clearing out the Antifa-occupied autonomous zone dubbed "Cop City," where the Atlanta Police Department Training Facility is set to be built. The officer was taken to an intensive care unit and treated
"Our officers are on high alert, and we will continue our work to keep our streets safe for our residents, businesses, and visitors alike." Atlanta police said in a statement Thursday, according to WSB-TV. "We remain in close contact with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners and are grateful for their commitment to our shared goal of creating the safest communities possible for our city."
Local news reported that the account was suspended by Twitter for violating their community guidelines. The original tweet from the account, posted Wednesday, read "Consider this a call for reciprocal violence to be done to the police and their allies. On Friday, January 20th, wherever you are, you are invited to participate in a night of rage in order to honor the memory of our fallen comrade."
Georgia Department of Public Safety Colonel Chris Wright said that protestors allegedly fired a shot and hit an officer, to which officers returned fire and killed the suspect. The unidentified officer is in stable condition. The shooting took place during a "clearing operation" around 10 am near the Antifa-linked autonomous zone. After the incident, the Antifa activists, who have been dubbed "Treehouse Antifa," took to the streets.
Ngo tweeted screenshots of the call for violence.
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