Report: Antifa and BLM attack pedestrians, block streets outside Western Conservative Conference

DENVER, CO – The streets turned violent Friday as Antifa, Denver Communists, and Black Lives Matter attempted to shut down traffic and assaulted individuals outside of the Western Conservative Conference, an annual gathering of conservatives held this year at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver.

The violent anarchists descended on the Denver event to protest the attendance of such speakers as Oregon journalist Andy Ngo and Rep. Lauren Boebert, Colorado Republican. The two are often targets of Antifa and BLM chaos.

The violence stemmed from an event labeled the “Western BLM- Antifa Summit” hosted by a group called the Denver Communists. The group’s website describes them as:

“Students of and participants in class struggle, the fight against all exploitation and oppression. We seek to advance the interests of the working class and the oppressed, and ultimately to create a society organized around human need rather than profit.

“We intervene in social movements and labor struggles, in order to advance those struggles, learn from them, and win our fellow fighters to revolutionary socialism. We are dedicated to the study and application of revolutionary socialist theory, strategy, tactics, and history.”

The group’s stated purpose is “the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions.”

The group partnered with BLM and other left-wing groups in creating a Facebook event called the “Western BLM- Antifa Summit.”

The event, which is still permitted on Facebook, called for “two days of fiercely jubilant opposition to the Western Conservative Summit!”

The group said:

“The Western Conservative Summit, organized by The Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, is a semi-annual far-right gathering and blight on Denver—and our community has a proud history of opposing this breeding ground of fascist networking and propaganda that riles up their reactionary base.

“The summit’s very theme of ‘Frontier Freedom’ is a white-supremacist dog-whistle and an insult to the Indigenous peoples of Colorado. Their choice to hold this meeting on Juneteenth is clearly racist. Their choice to feature noted anti-LGBTQ+ bigots during Pride Month is not a coincidence.

“The summit’s move to a non-union venue exploits Denver workers, including the majority-immigrant service staff at the Hyatt Regency, who will be subjected to two days of racism and xenophobia.”

The “Western BLM- Antifa Summit” turned violent when protesters attempted to shut down traffic and began attacking motorists.

The Post Millennial reported that one woman was seen getting out of her car to confront Antifa who threw projectiles at her vehicle and was subsequently threatened with a “mob-style beatdown” if she proceeded.

Antifa block streets in front of the Hyatt Regency and were seen instigating motorists and attacking convention goers.

In a video posted on social media, a man is attacked by a crowd of Antifa members wearing their branded black clothing and masks. In another, a man can be seen being punched while attempting to enter the conference.

Videos also showed BLM, Antifa, and other anarchists standing in front of cars shouting at drivers, and pushing people entering the Hyatt.

The Denver Communists also passed out flyers advertising the protest, telling participants to stop with conference “by all means necessary.”

James Radek, Denver Communists member, said the message of the violent protest was:

“Nobody is coming to save us! Certainly not the Democrats, who are the far right’s partners-in-crime, not their opponents. We cannot rely on the cops, courts and liberal politicians to beat back rising fascism. Voting for one capitalist party to stop the other — lesser-evilism — won’t work.

“Fighting fascism ultimately requires the independent organization of working class and oppressed people.”

Police did not announce any arrests or citations during the violence, and no injuries were reported.

Ngo, a journalist who routinely unmasked Antifa members and has been assaulted by Antifa members in the past, received a standing ovation after speaking at the Western Conservative Conference while several police officers stood guard at the foot of the stage.

All three Colorado Republicans in Congress, U.S. Reps. Lauren Boebert, Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn, held a panel discussion during the event. When asked by the host if Colorado was leaning left, Rep. Buck said:

“It used to be a cuss word for you to say to a Democrat politician, ‘You’re from Denver.’ That was all that people needed to hear. ‘They’re from Boulder.’ ‘They’re a Boulder liberal.’

“That used to be a label that Democrats would run away from. Now they embrace being a Boulder liberal; they embrace being from Denver.”

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‘Stars and Stripes Act’: New bill would ban Black Lives Matter and other ‘political flags’ from flying at US embassies

May 31, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) has introduced new legislation that would prohibit “political flags,” including those for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, from flying at United States embassies.

The New York Republican sponsored the Stars and Stripes Act of 2021, which would ensure that only American flags, host nation flags, U.S. state flags, federal entity flags, armed forces flags, and POW/MIA flags are flown on United States of America embassy grounds.

The bill also criticizes the Black Lives Matter movement for its platform of “convicting and banning former President Trump from holding future political office” and “defunding the police.”

The bill was introduced in response to a decision by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to allow the State Department to fly the Black Lives Matter flag at their embassies around the world to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd.

The BLM flag flown at the Athens embassy was reportedly so enormous it covered the United States seal.

Malliotakis said:

“It is inappropriate for President Biden and Secretary Blinken to authorize and encourage the display of inherently political flags that are in no way affiliated with the U.S. Government over American embassies overseas.

“The American flag is a beacon of freedom and hope for oppressed peoples around the world; it should be the primary flag flown above our embassies and that is what my legislation seeks to accomplish. The Administration’s directive is an insult to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our flag and our nation — especially as we head into Memorial Day weekend — and it is absolutely ridiculous that legislation is needed to correct this issue.”

Co-sponsors of the bill include House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Congressmen Ken Buck (R-CO), Michael Guest (R-MS), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Brian Mast (R-FL), and Pete Sessions (R-TX).

Stefanik said embassies should not be flying the flag of a Marxist organization:

“Our beautiful American flag should fly over our U.S. embassies around the world – not the flag of a political organization founded by Marxists.

“I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation introduced by my colleague and friend Congresswoman Malliotakis.”

In a press release issued by Malliotakis’ office, Congressman Issa said that the White House is wrong to think the American flag is a flag to be replaced:

“The White House may think the American flag is just another banner to be displayed or replaced in foreign capitals when the mood strikes. But this is more than untrue. It’s an emphatic misunderstanding of what this nation represents in every corner of the globe.

“And it fails to appreciate how our country’s symbols have sustained the hopes of the world in the darkest of hours. This legislation may be necessary, but even more important is for the Biden Administration to take stock of America’s exceptionalism.”

Representative Sessions supported the bill because political flags have no place representing the United States:

“The American flag is a physical representation of our nation’s history and intrinsic principles,” said Congressman Sessions. “It is a symbol of hope and opportunity.

“The only flag that should characterize the United States of America at our embassies overseas is Old Glory. Political flags have no place in exemplifying our nation abroad.”

Mississippi Congressman Guest said discussion and debate of police reform inside the United States should not be aired out on the international stage:

“The death of George Floyd opened important discussions surrounding police reform in the United States. However, using United States resources to display a non-government organization flag over United States embassies is not permissible.

“I encourage every American to exercise their First Amendment right to free speech and to continue civil dialogue around this matter. However, these discussions should not be aired out on an international stage. Our country’s resources should be used to highlight our unity, not our political divisions.”

 

 

 

 

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