31 October 2019 for immediate release
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Assaults, Threats, Swastikas and Slurs Against The #OUTNOW! Protest in LA
“We won’t be deterred, we’re coming back to demand: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go”
When: Saturday Nov 2, 2019, 2:00pm
In the face of violent attacks and ominous fascist threats, local and national leaders of Refuse Fascism will be in the streets again THIS Saturday in MacArthur Park to lead the third week of protest.
“No matter what they throw at us, we will not be deterred. The Proud Boy thugs are violent enforcers of Trump/Pence’s fascist program. We won’t back down. The #OUTNOW! movement won’t stop continuing non-violent protest until this whole regime is driven from power.” said Andy Zee, co-initiator of Refuse Fascism.
Bo Login, an Iraq war vet with Refuse Fascism and the Revolution Club, was attacked at the first #OUTNOW! protest in Santa Monica and sprayed with bear repellant directly in his eyes. (Watch video) The next Saturday, in MacArthur Park, #OUTNOW! arrived to find posters with Login’s face were stapled to trees – threats evocative of death squads and symbolic of lynching — as shown in this video:
“As an Iraqi war vet who has spoken out against U.S. crimes, I have been repeatedly targeted with violence and death threats. All this demonstrates so clearly the violence Trump/Pence regime is unleashing and why people should join us to prevent a fascist America.”
In another serious threat against Refuse Fascism and #OUTNOW!, protesters found leaflets scattered around MacArthur Park denouncing socialism, scrawled with the threateningly defaced names of “BA” (Bob Avakian, the revolutionary leader who has been analyzing the rise of fascism in America for over three decades) and Andy Zee, a leader of Refuse Fascism. On Oct 27, the morning after the second #OUTNOW! protest, swastikas and slurs were spray painted in MacArthur Park.
Andy Zee has come to Los Angeles to speak at the rally this Saturday, 11/2 to throw these threats back at these fascists and to call on people to join the #OUTNOW! movement.
Andy Zee, national spokesperson of RefuseFascism.org, said, “We are taking history into our hands in the name of humanity. Only the power of the people in sustained massive protest can remove this fascist regime. Every attack strengthens our determination to make these threats and attacks politically backfire on the fascist thugs and the Trump/Pence fascist regime that inspires and commands their movement.”
Interviews are available with Refuse Fascism national spokesperson Andy Zee, RefuseFascism co-initiator Cornel West, and Iraq War veteran Bo Login.
RefuseFascism.org is a movement of people coming from diverse perspectives, united in our recognition that the Trump/Pence Regime poses a catastrophic danger to humanity and the planet, and that it is our responsibility to drive them from power through non-violent protests that grow every day until our demand is met. This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!
Watch Cornel West and Andy Zee speak at the launch of #OUTNOW! in New York City.