As riots continue to plague the nation as a result of George Floyd’s tragic death on May 25th, Attorney General Barr of the Justice Department has taken extraordinary action to ensure the senseless riots are put to an end. In a statement made to reporters on Friday, Barr said the Justice Department will begin to prosecute violence and destruction from antifa and other individuals rioting as a form of domestic terrorism, adding that they will be “treated accordingly” to the fullest extent of the law.
This action from the Justice Department comes shortly after President Trump said he will be labeling antifa, a far-left hate group as a domestic terrorist organization, effectively expanding punishments for individuals involved significantly.
Check out what Fox News reported below:
Attorney General William Barr said Sunday that the Department of Justice will treat violence by individuals associated with Antifa as domestic terrorism in a statement that condemned the far-left group and asserted that protests against police brutality and racial inequality following George Floyd’s death have “been hijacked.”
Such demonstrations in cities nationwide have turned into violent riots complete with looting, attacks against police and arson.
Barr’s statement came after President Trump earlier Sunday said he would designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. Antifa — short for “anti-fascist” — has very little central organization but violent left-wing protesters, particularly in places like Portland, Ore., often act under the Antifa banner.
“With the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful and legitimate protests have been hijacked by violent radical elements. Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda,” Barr said.
“It is time to stop watching the violence and to confront and stop it. The continued violence and destruction of property endangers the lives and livelihoods of others, and interferes with the rights of peaceful protestors, as well as all other citizens… The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly,” he added.
Recently, the federal government has escalated prevention methods of the widespread rioting and looting occurring throughout the United States. In an urgent message to the people of the United States on Monday, President Trump issued a bold statement, warning that he may invoke the insurrection act, a federal law that allows the president the outright authority to send military troops within the United States to prohibit further civil unrest.
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