By Nélida Tello
On Monday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency and deployed 1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta following numerous shootings and an attack on state police headquarters last weekend.
100 protesters attacked the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) headquarters early Sunday morning. Lieutenant Stephanie Stallings described the protesters as “militant in their actions” as they smashed windows with bricks and threw incendiary devices inside of the building causing a small fire to ensue.
The attack on GSP appeared well-organized, showing a high level of discipline and a strong current of anti-imperialism. There are no reports of arrests at this time regarding the successful action against one of the states most hated institutions.
Graffiti on the police property read “KKK” and “Death to Amerikkka”; GSP vehicles were also damaged during the action.
Aside from the attack on the police headquarters, 11 shootings were recently reported in Atlanta. Of the 31 injured, 5 were killed, including 8-year-old Secoriea Turner outside the burned down Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police last month.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms used Turner’s murder to vindicate Atlanta Police Department’s (APD) racist killings and discredit progressive calls to defund APD. “We are doing each other more harm than any police officer on this force,” Bottoms said. “The reality is this: These aren’t police officers shooting people on the streets of Atlanta, these are members of the community shooting each other.”
As more people across the country take justice into their own hands, the ruling class trembles and denounces all that is disruptive to their rule. “Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda […] This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city,” Governor Kemp stated.
Kemp deployed 1,000 National Guard troops to three locations: the state Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion, and the Georgia State Patrol headquarters (all sites of continuous rebellions), freeing the police department to focus on patrolling neighborhoods while the National Guard represses protesters.