Riots in Berkeley over scheduled talks by culture commentators Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos revealed the left at its absolute worst and most violent.
The mayhem of 2017 routinely saw extreme Marxist campus groups like antifa throwing rocks at people, setting fires, punching strangers, assaulting bystanders with bike locks, and using other forms of violent intimation against their political enemies.
Now, some of those violent activists are seeing their day in court, and the Guardian for one is really miffed about that.
Court documents show conservative activist Daniel Quillinan came to Berkeley on March 4 last year armed with a homemade wooden shield and a flagpole for a pro-Trump, pro-free speech rally held there. He armed himself, he says, to protect onlookers against antifa in the nation’s ground zero of leftwing political violence.
At the event, Quillinan was attacked and five antifa domestic terrorists stand accused of brutally assaulting him.
A predictably verklempt Guardian notes the activist wore a Trump hat, a “shirt referencing the Chilean dictator General Pinochet,” and linked him to the crime of posting “fascist memes,” which, of course, is only an actual crime in the Guardian‘s home nation, the United Kingdom.
Sam Levin, a
soy connoisseur reporter for the Guardian, who refers to antifa with a straight face as “anti-fascist protestors,” writes, “The resulting criminal trial against five anti-fascist protesters – who are accused of assaulting Quillinan during a roughly 15-second altercation – is, according to activists, the latest example of US law enforcement aggressively targeting leftwing demonstrators and favoring members of the far-right after violent clashes.”
The Oakland-based gentrifier and white savior has a history of breathlessly calling conservatives “white supremacists” in the pages of the Guardian and drumming up conspiracy theories against law enforcement when they’re caught enforcing laws broken by violent leftists.
In the past, Guardian journalists have been captured on film assaulting and robbing conservatives at political rallies.
Dustin Sawtelle, a 41-year-old tattoo artist and martial arts teacher (naturally), is accused of taking part in the assault. He is now complaining about personal information being posted online, threats, and losing his job due to the charges.
Sawtelle whined to the paper, “We figured maybe they were trying to use charges as a scare tactic … It feels like they have to prosecute somebody.”
Apparently, Sawtelle thought his people notorious for wearing black masks, brawling, and setting fires were the only ones allowed to use “scare tactics.”
During the March 4 event, Quillinan was receiving medical aid for a head injury when the attack occurred. Quillinan and Jesse Grant, a police officer, testified that the antifa thugs were walking by when one kicked Quillinan before four others started punching and kicking him.
Sergeant Grant called what he saw a “scrum” and said “arms and legs were flying.” Grant said to Quillinan after being attacked, “The people who attacked you – do you want them to go to jail?”
The freshly beaten Quillinan replied, “very much so.”
The Guardian has now promoted a desperate moniker for the thugs, labeling them the “Berkeley 5.” Another antifa on trial, Jeff Armstrong, told the left-wing newspaper that “he showed up to the march to help protect people from rightwing violence.”
“We went to do medical aid for people and also to defend people who can’t defend themselves,” Armstrong said.
At the trial, the prosecution brought out multiple witnesses who saw the assault on Quillinan, while the defense’s strategy was to paint Quillinan as an aggressive “fascist provocateur.”
Like many conservatives these days, Quillinan was forced to clarify in court that he was not “alt-right” and had no interest in white nationalism. He explained that any “provocative” memes in question were jokes.
Marxists in attendance of the trial audibly groaned when the rally was described as a free speech event.
Speaking to the Guardian, Sawtelle assured “I don’t plan on quieting down,” and believes his arrest is “part of the tactic – to get people away from these things.”
That “tactic” is usually called “the law.”
Quillinan declined to comment, citing the ongoing trial.
feature image: Dustin Sawtelle/The Guardian
Pawl Bazile is Patriotism Correspondent for DANGEROUS and Production Director for Proud Boy Magazine. He tweets at @PawlBazile.
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