August 5, 2019

USA: On July 13th, An Armed Antifa Member Attacked An ICE Facility With Firebombs. His Antifa Communist Comrades Praised Him As A Hero. Democrats Shifted Blamed To President Trump.

Fox News
written by Travis Fedschun
July 15, 2019

The 69-year-old armed man killed by Washington state police as he attacked a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center Saturday sent a manifesto to friends the day before the assault in which he wrote "I am Antifa," and was being lionized by members of the leftwing group as a "martyr."

The group Seattle Antifascist Action described assailant Willem Van Spronsen a "good friend and comrade" who "took a stand against the fascist detention center in Tacoma" and "became a martyr who gave his life to the struggle against fascism."

"He was kind and deeply loved by many communities; we cannot let his death go unanswered," the group wrote in a Saturday Facebook post. "Throughout history we idolize figures like John Brown for their courage to take the ultimate stand against oppression, and today we stand strong in our support for yet another martyr in the struggle against fascism. May his death serve as a call to protest and direct action."

Friends of the 69-year-old have defended him in the attack's aftermath, accusing police of murdering Van Spronsen. Deanne English told KIRO7 she last saw Van Spronsen outside the facility, which was the site of an earlier protest, Friday night.

"And he was probably just standing his ground," she told the television station about his death. "Because that's what he does."

Another friend, Deb Bartley, told the Seattle Times, however, that Van Spronsen was an anarchist and anti-fascist who, she believed, attacked the detention center intending to provoke a fatal conflict.

Van Spronsen was armed with a rifle and incendiary devices when he launched his assault on the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma around 4 a.m. Saturday, according to the Tacoma Police Department. Employees reported he was throwing 'incendiary devices' and setting vehicles on fire and the first officers on the scene said he was wearing a sachet and carrying flares.

Van Spronsen was trying to ignite a propane tank when he was confronted by the officers, who opened fire. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office said he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Several friends of Van Spronsen said they received a manifesto from him Friday calling the facility "an abomination" and asking "those burdened with the wreckage from my actions" to "make the best use of that burden."

In the manifesto, obtained by KIRO7, Van Spronsen said he wanted to make a statement at the facility.

"I regret that I will miss the rest of the revolution," he wrote. "Doing what I can to help defend my precious and wondrous people is an experience too rich to describe. I am Antifa."
Grabien News
written by Tom Elliott
July 15, 2019

The killer's name and motivation are known, but have gone unreported.

After Democrats spent weeks calling on Americans to up the pressure against agents and facilities enforcing U.S. border policy, one man attempted to firebomb an Immigration and Customs and Enforcement facility on Saturday.

The man, a self-described member of Antifa, 69-year-old Willem Van Spronsen, was killed in an ensuing shootout with police.

The activist was armed with a rifle, satchel, Molotov Cocktails, and flares, attempted to detonate a propane bomb to ignite nearby ICE detainment facilities.

Based on self-published writings, Van Spronsen appears to have been radicalized on a steady diet of media/Democratic Party anti-ICE propagandizing. The manifesto he left behind borrowed language from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likening ICE detainment facilities to “concentration camps,” which he did six separate times. He encourages others to follow him and “arm themselves.”

Since the attack, the terrorist’s name or stated motivation has yet to be reported on CNN, MSNBC, or the evening/morning news shows on CBS, NBC, or ABC, based on a review of Grabien’s archive of news programming. Nor was the story mentioned on any of the Sunday morning political talk shows, despite border detention being such a dominant topic in the preceding months.

On Saturday, CNN’s Polo Sandoval reported on the terror attack, but only to say that “police have not established a motive.” Sandoval emphasized that nearby anti-ICE protests were peaceful, and suggested mental health, not politics, drove the violent attack: “Police have not established an actual motive and only saying that this individual was unfortunately, and very sadly disturbed.”

Sandoval returned to the air later Saturday to downplay the possibility the anti-ICE terrorist was connected to the larger Antifa protests taking place that day:

SANDOVAL: “So far, based on what we’re hearing from authorities, Ana, it’s simply just timing when it comes to any possible connection with the controversy, obviously. And the expected I.C.E. raids that are supposed to be carried out. Starting tomorrow at this point, police have not established any sort of connection with that. So at this point, it seems like could have just been timing. But not going to be something we’re going to be continuing to follow to see if that is perhaps a part of the motive here.”

CABRERA: “So we don’t know the motive why he was there throwing Molotov Cocktails.”

SANDOVAL: “Simply a disturbed individual who was creating this scene and sadly shot and killed.”

While CNN repeatedly said more information would be forthcoming once the attacker’s motives were established, instead the opposite happened: After an Antifa outpost Van Sponsen was connected with posted his “manifesto,” CNN stopped reporting on the attack, with the story receiving zero coverage Sunday and Monday.

Van Sponsen was previously arrested for attacking the same facility. “Van Spronsen was accused of assaulting a police officer during a protest outside the detention centre, the News-Tribune reported. According to court documents he lunged at the officer who was trying to detain a 17-year-old protester on 26 June 2018,” The Guardian reported. “Van Spronsen pleaded guilty to the charge of obstructing police and was given a deferred sentence in October, the News-Tribune reported.”

A journalist who covers Antifa and was recently hospitalized after Antifa activists attacked him at a Portland protest, Andy Ngo, dug into his own reporting and located video of Van Spronsen.

Here’s video from Ngo highlighting Van Spronsen in the background:
Seattle’s Antifa Action posted a eulogy for the killed anti-ICE activist:
Beyond Democratic lawmakers, members of the media had also urged Americans to increase the pressure against Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A few weeks ago, The Daily News columnist Shaun King called for quasi-military action against ICE facilities:
Last month, Grabien News reported that CNN and MSNBC have largely been supportive of Antifa.

While CNN and MSNBC have stopped reporting on this story, the networks’ coverage of President Trump tweeting an anti-immigration attack on four Democratic lawmakers, is virtually wall-to-wall. In less than 24 hours, these networks have described the tweets as “racist” more than 130 times.

UPDATE: As of July 16, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC have collectively covered the story of an Antifa-inspired terrorist attacking an ICE facility zero times.
Shaun King says in the tweet above, that thank goodness was screen captured because he deleted it, that the domestic terrorist was 'MURDERED'. He attacked a federal facility and intended to cause harm to many federal employees. That's no where near 'murder'. No judge or jury would say he was murdered. Unbelievable. This Shaun King guy is a Black Lives Matter leader who was found out that he wasn't black at all like he claimed. He's born of two biological white parents.
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Business Insider
written by Joe Perticone
July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — Top Democrats ignored and dismissed the assertion from officials that their heightened rhetoric about immigrant detention centers could have played a role in inciting an attack by an armed man on an ICE operated facility in Washington state over the weekend.

Key Democrats instead shifted blame to President Donald Trump, saying his "disgusting" language is of much larger concern.

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