Left-wing protesters rioted in downtown Atlanta Saturday night, setting a police car on fire and smashing business windows.
The protest reportedly began as a “mostly peaceful” demonstration in response to the death of 26-year-old activist Manuel Teran, who was killed during a police operation Wednesday “in what the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said was a shootout with police that wounded a state trooper, » according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). The trooper remains unidentified and is reportedly in stable condition after being taken to a hospital for surgery.
Before the riots, protesters chanted: “No justice, no peace, no killer police” and “Stop the police city”, referring to the name of the Atlanta police training site.
“They also chanted ‘stop police terror,’ ‘free the activists,’ and ‘drop the charges,'” referring to how at least seven other people have been arrested and charged with domestic terrorism in connection with Wednesday’s police operation in south DeKalb. forest,” the AJC noted.
One person also attempted to chant, “If they build it, we’ll burn it,” referring to the city’s plans to “build a police and fire training center within several acres of wooded land in DeKalb County.”
The protest eventually turned violent, with a police car being set on fire while businesses were broken into. Police responded to several incidents of property damage along Peachtree Street. The Atlanta Police Foundation also had its glass doors smashed in.
Antifa is burning down Atlanta right now pic.twitter.com/UH3H8CVV6X
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.@FOX5Atlanta pulls off a CNN “largely peaceful protest” in their news segment about the violent attack on downtown Atlanta #Antifa and left-wing extremists. The mayor just confirmed that the arrestees were found with explosives. pic.twitter.com/wulkxaHL95
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) 22 January 2023
“Several arrests have been made at this time and order has been restored in the downtown area. This remains an active and ongoing investigation and we will not be able to provide details on the number of arrests or property damaged at this time,” the Atlanta Police Department told reporters.
Mayor Andre Dickens also said at a police conference: “Thanks to the quick action of our public safety officers working together, order was quickly restored.”
“The City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department will not, will not tolerate this and we continue to protect the right to peaceful protest. We will not tolerate violence or destruction of property,” he added.