The defund the police movement received an alarming call to action this week when an anarchist group seemed to urge its followers to set police stations ablaze, “until flowers grow in the wreckage of their system.”
The self-proclaimed “rebel alliance” group CrimethInc. took to Twitter this week to clarify that their cries to abolish the police is not simply about defunding the organizations that support law and order.
Posting a photo of a burned-down building, they included the caption, “This is the Third Precinct in Minneapolis, today.”
“When we say abolish the police, we don’t mean beg politicians to defund them,” the post continued. “We mean take grassroots action to prevent them from continuing to do harm – until flowers grow in the wreckage of their system.”
The police station in the photo was torched during the Black Lives Matter riots last year, following the death of George Floyd.
“Abolishing the police means developing ways to resolve conflicts and address crises that do not depend on concentrating all coercive force into unaccountable institutions,” the post explained. “It is a project that extends from our interpersonal relationships to mass action against state violence.”
Abolishing the police means developing ways to resolve conflicts and address crises that do not depend on concentrating all coercive force into unaccountable institutions.
It is a project that extends from our interpersonal relationships to mass action against state violence. pic.twitter.com/O2ObLysqUt
— CrimethInc. (@crimethinc) September 3, 2021
Note that while Trump has been banned from most social media platforms and Facebook has banned content that even contains the “voice of Donald Trump,” it’s somehow still kosher to insinuate on Twitter that people should be burning police stations down as some responses pointed out.
Twitter cancels Trump, but allows these jackwagons?
— megar (@megar_megarman) September 4, 2021
However, that didn’t stop the idea from being heralded by some of the rebel group’s followers who jumped immediately on board with the idea, claiming that the sunflowers in the photo would be “excellent bioremediators.”
Sunflowers are an excellent bioremediators! That lot should be cleansed in no time.
— Non Serviam Media (@nonserviammedia) September 4, 2021
To their credit, another proposed that instead of burning down “a place that did harm” they wanted to repurpose it into a place that “does good.”
I would prefer to also repurpose the building too rather than let it fall into ruin. I think there is still some beauty in taking a place that did harm and turn it into a place that does good. But this is good too.
— Final OverdriveⒶ (@FinalOverdrive) September 4, 2021
The seemingly nonsensical “CrimethInc” group describes itself on its website as “a decentralized network pledged to anonymous collective action.”
“We strive to reinvent our lives and our world according to the principles of self-determination and mutual aid,” the website explains. “We believe that you should be free to dispose of your limitless potential on your own terms: that no government, market, or ideology should be able to dictate what your life can be.”
The group has also tweeted out support for Antifa over the years, one tweet, in particular, gives a shout-out to “solidarity to all anti-fascists.”
Another charming video from our comrades in Slovenia, Antifa Sisters! Solidarity to all anti-fascists and to #DefendJ20 #noG20 defendants. https://t.co/g2mwDEMrHrhttps://t.co/rm0R3pJLK0 https://t.co/bdYnZUpcG4
— CrimethInc. (@crimethinc) December 24, 2017
There were plenty of responses condemning the anti-police rhetoric as well.
Law enforcement agencies are a good thing unless your are a criminal. We want the police. We want a group that fights crime and upholds our laws. We are a society of laws. You can leave and go to the Middle East any time. God bless you on your journey.
— Kathy (@kathyaps) September 5, 2021
Y’all didn’t get hugged enough. Holy fuck. What a sad commentary.
— Eat a Panda (@eatthepandas) September 4, 2021
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