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    Virus restrictions fuel anti-government ‘boogaloo’ movement

    Virus restrictions fuel anti-government ‘boogaloo’ movement
    By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
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    SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — They carry high-powered rifles and wear tactical gear, but their Hawaiian shirts and leis are what stand out in the crowds that have formed at state capital buildings to protest COVID-19 lockdown orders. The signature look for the “boogaloo” anti-government movement is designed to get attention.

    The group, which uses an ’80s movie sequel as a code word for a second civil war, is among the extremists using the armed protests against stay-at-home orders as a platform. Like other movements that once largely inhabited corners of the internet, it has seized on the social unrest and economic calamity caused by the pandemic to publicize its violent messages.

    In April, armed demonstrators passed out “Liberty or Boogaloo” fliers at a statehouse protest in Concord, New Hampshire. A leader of the Three Percenters militia movement who organized a rally in Olympia, Washington, last month encouraged rally participants to wear Hawaiian shirts, according to the Anti-Defamation League. On Saturday, a demonstration in Raleigh, North Carolina, promoted by a Facebook group called “Blue Igloo” — a derivation of the term — led to a police investigation of a confrontation between an armed protester and a couple pushing a stroller.

    Another anti-lockdown rally is planned for Thursday at the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, site of an angry protest last month that included armed members of the Michigan Liberty Militia. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has been the target of violent threats on Facebook forums, including a private one called “The Rhett E. Boogie Group.”

    One user said Whitmer should be “guillotined” after another suggested another governor should be hanged from a noose, according to a screenshot captured by the Tech Transparency Project research initiative.

    The coronavirus pandemic has become a catalyst for the “boogaloo” movement because the stay-at-home orders have “put a stressor on a lot of very unhappy people,” said J.J. MacNab, a fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. MacNab said their rhetoric goes beyond discussions about fighting virus restrictions — which many protesters brand as “tyranny” — to talking about killing FBI agents or police officers “to get the war going.”
    This is a bunch of memes - not a "movement". These guys are just yanking the media's chain and the clueless reporters fall for it every time.

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    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    This is a bunch of memes - not a "movement". These guys are just yanking the media's chain and the clueless reporters fall for it every time.

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    And if there have been calls for killing cops or FBI agents? Is that as unacceptable as when BLM did it, or do you assume they're just trolling the media?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste Chalfonte View Post
    And if there have been calls for killing cops or FBI agents? Is that as unacceptable as when BLM did it, or do you assume they're just trolling the media?
    There should never be talk of killing politicians, whether in jest or as a call to action. Except for Hitler. But the rest is b.s. and they should be investigated and prosecuted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste Chalfonte View Post
    And if there have been calls for killing cops or FBI agents? Is that as unacceptable as when BLM did it, or do you assume they're just trolling the media?
    But they aren't sucker punching random journalists or burning down their own neighborhoods or somehow indoctrinating teachers and politicians to cater to their supposed grievances. They aren't calling for those who oppose their aim (just letting everybody go back to work most recently) to be silenced or jailed. They aren't demanding that politicians wear body cameras in closed sessions to disclose any unwanted remarks or actions taken against ordinary working people.

    Unlike some who claimed allegiance to BLM (whether they were members or not), these guys haven't really done anything aside from alarm some nervous people.

    Could some psycho use this as an excuse to do something in the future? Sure. Do some people creating bad memes and shitposting on the Left make outrageous threats against police, politicians, or anyone who doesn't vote the way they like? Sure.

    Do I spend any amount of time being threatened by that stuff? No.

    Anything can happen. Humans are unpredictable on the individual level. Are we really at the point where we support the media doing fearmongering among people who will never in their lives actually see a dude with a Hawaiian shirt, a lei, and a rifle?

    It's not like their counterparts on the Left don't also have access to all that. They just have a different fashion sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    But they aren't sucker punching random journalists or burning down their own neighborhoods or somehow indoctrinating teachers and politicians to cater to their supposed grievances. They aren't calling for those who oppose their aim (just letting everybody go back to work most recently) to be silenced or jailed. They aren't demanding that politicians wear body cameras in closed sessions to disclose any unwanted remarks or actions taken against ordinary working people.

    Unlike some who claimed allegiance to BLM (whether they were members or not), these guys haven't really done anything aside from alarm some nervous people.

    Could some psycho use this as an excuse to do something in the future? Sure. Do some people creating bad memes and shitposting on the Left make outrageous threats against police, politicians, or anyone who doesn't vote the way they like? Sure.

    Do I spend any amount of time being threatened by that stuff? No.

    Anything can happen. Humans are unpredictable on the individual level. Are we really at the point where we support the media doing fearmongering among people who will never in their lives actually see a dude with a Hawaiian shirt, a lei, and a rifle?

    It's not like their counterparts on the Left don't also have access to all that. They just have a different fashion sense.
    I don't see an answer to my question in all that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste Chalfonte View Post
    I don't see an answer to my question in all that.
    Oh, it's there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillygirl View Post
    But the rest is b.s. and they should be investigated and prosecuted.
    For breaking what law?
    Americans don't still have some rights of free assembly?

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