[UPDATED] Lancaster Police Arrest Suspected Antifa Agitator Who Threatened to Burn Police Station During Sunday’s Protest – So What is Antifa?
Lancaster police arrested a man accused of threatening to burn down the police station during protests over the weekend.
According to police, they were told that Gerald Grauert, 35, was making statements about burning down the police station later Sunday night.
According to police records:
On Sunday May 31, 2020 there were protests that were staged in the area of the Lancaster Bureau of Police station. Protesters had gathered along the 1st blk. W. Chestnut St. at N. Prince St. Others were participating in a protest that consisted of vehicles in a caravan that drove through the area near the station. People in the area of protest reported that an unknown male had approached them. This male attempted to get people to join him at the Police station at 2100 hrs. in order to set the building on fire. The male told others to bring gas and other flammable items with them to the station. A physical description of the male was provided but he was not located. This occurred at approximately 1552 hrs.
After an investigation, police filed charges and got a warrant for Grauert’s arrest.
This morning at about 8 a.m., Lancaster Police arrested Grauert during a traffic stop at the 800 block of E. King and Broad Street.
He was charged with three felony counts of criminal solicitation for arson, rioting and institutional vandalism, online court records say.
A K9 trained in explosive detection indicated on the perp’s vehicle causing officers to shut down the street for a few hours until it could be inspected. The streets have been reopened so it appears no explosives were found.
Grauert was served with the warrant, processed on the complaint and held for arraignment. Grauert was later arraigned and committed to LCP in lieu of $500,000 bail.
But it raises the question for those of us normal people – what, exactly is Antifa, and why are they so interested in instigating violence?
This article which first appeared at Lewrockwell.com is a good primer.
The Enemy: Antifa or Related
By Michael S. Rozeff, originally appeared at: Lewrockwell.com
Few people making divisive political comments yet fully realize that at bottom the riots have absolutely nothing to do with race or racism. Peaceful protests are one thing. Looting is another thing. The organized inciting of riots, rioters and destruction through arson and vandalism is a third thing, and it is the main enemy we face. The ones behind the worst violence will be found out and put away. The candidates at present are antifa or an antifa spinoff or an antifa portion or an antifa partner or an antifa imitator or an antifa collaborator. We do not know yet because the saboteurs have not yet been arrested. They will be.
These people are a real enemy and the focus of politicians of both parties should be on stopping them. Why? Obviously, if they are not stopped, their next steps will be bombings. They can sabotage food, energy, electricity, transportation, water, etc. We do not want to have to be expending an additional 10-20% of our productivity on guarding everything and living in an uneasy anticipation that something will go wrong and we do not know what.
Everyone needs to learn quickly that we have an enemy intent on destroying our country.
The enemy is not Trump, racism, slavery, 400 years, inequality, and so on. It’s not even police brutality. It’s not COVID-19. There are many problems we face, but the top one at the moment is an enemy intent on destroying life as we know it. That takes precedence, because all these other problems take our civilization for granted. They won’t be at issue if the country’s systems are wrecked.
One can readily find many notables and quotables and major media talkers who are directing fire against Trump. They can make up stuff as fast as they can think. It’s all misdirected. They come across as clueless about this enemy. They are not acknowledging the revolutionary enemy staring them in the face. I am thinking of the diatribe of Susan Rice. I am thinking of Chris Cuomo who thinks it’s protesters not being peaceful, when it’s actually an organized network of revolutionaries. George Bush lauded the protests on Tuesday without even recognizing what was really happening and why it was happening, that is through organized terroristic elements.
And beyond folks like them, a wide array of people who favor the left have tolerated antifa as some sort of good thing. There are a lot of numbskulls around. There are a lot of superficial fools who make headlines and play around with things they’re ignorant of. Playing with antifa is playing with fire. This is a dangerous movement.
Hey, the last thing we need is such blindness and people stuck in old ruts. This is not a racism thing and not an anger thing.
After all the fake concocted wars, like the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs, can the establishment players not now recognize the beginnings of a real war? This war requires separating the enemy from the rest of us. It requires much police work of detection and intelligence through tips among other things. But it will surely require violence at times, and no one should be bemoaning its use. Police are going to be on the side of the good guys. Police reform is off the table until order is restored. That’s the way it is.
The label that’s bound to be attached to the perps is anarchists. The ancap libertarians and all those who have tried to save the word anarchy for a different meaning will have to take a back seat. The old notions of anarchists as violent people, assassins and bomb-throwers are going to come to the fore. It’s wasted effort to try to save the word anarchy. Try private-property order instead.
The “enemy” is too vague a term. They will be called anarchists, or extreme left-wing anarchists, or Marxist, communist and socialist anarchists. Their goal of chaos is in an effort to gain political support and power. They will fail. Americans who are armed will see to that if the government’s law enforcers do not. The latter already have some intelligence, perhaps infiltrators and listening posts.