[Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to the protestor as a member of Antifa. According to the Pueblo Police Department, there is no known connection between the man and Antifa. The story has since been modified to reflect this new information.]
The tactic of protesters, specially those tied to Antifa and the climate change movement, blocking roadways is becoming more and more common. We saw some in Europe even try to hold up trains, leading to violent encounters.
Normal people with jobs and responsibilities are getting tired of it. Someone’s pet issue doesn’t change the fact that the clock has got to punched or the children have got to be picked up.
Yesterday, a video surfaced of an [deleted] protester trying to block an SUV. The protester has some kind of weapon in his hand (which you’ll see later clearly) an is wearing a black mask and backup (the typical getup).
Then this happens.
(WARNING: Language and fist fighting in the video)
Antifa/Extinction Rebellion protester tries to block a street and then starts vandalizing a man's SUV.
The man loses it and it doesn't end well for the protester.
— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) November 22, 2019
While the guy tweeting the video (it’s originally from Live Leak’s site) says this is “extinction rebellion,” that’s not really much of a thing in the U.S. and you can clearly hear the driver is American. This is likely just a regular, [deleted] anti-capitalist. You can see that the man in the SUV got out tried to get the protester to move, but he came right back into the road.
The broader point here is that this has to stop. People can have their political issues and believe deeply in them. That doesn’t give them a right to block roads and attempt to assault people. And if that happens, they shouldn’t be surprised if someone defends themself.
I’m not going to just relish in or laugh at the [deleted] protester getting beat down here, because in the end, it’s a serious issue and testament to deep problems in our society. This stuff just needs to stop. We can’t co-exist if people can’t have basic respect for other’s space, time, and livelihoods.
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