Dangerous, violent, left-wing radicals don’t seem to be backing down from their plans to shut down the Republican national convention in Tampa Bay even as an increasingly dangerous, violent tropical storm bears down on Florida.
A protester has already been arrested at the convention for carrying a large machete strapped to his leg. Jason T. Wilson of Tallahassee was taken into custody while walking on the convention grounds. Police say Wilson refused to stop when asked and was physically restrained when he resisted arrest.
The Left is pursuing a two-pronged strategy aimed at preventing Republicans from getting their message to the American people. Both the protesters, who are drawn largely from the ranks of the violent communist-anarchist Occupy Wall Street movement, and President Obama’s reelection campaign are now planning to interfere with the Republican convention. The former will use physical force; the latter, the media.
Protest leaders and hackers say the mischief and mayhem they’ve planned will proceed even though Republican organizers have compressed the convention schedule because of the storm. Activists and union members shipped in to Florida plan not only to disrupt the GOP mass meeting at which former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be formally nominated for the presidency but also to shut down emergency services in Tampa.
Brandon Darby, a former community organizer, says anarchist Lisa Fithian, who led the union goons and anarchists who rioted during the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle, is at the forefront of the current anti-Republican protests.
Led by Fithian, demonstrators intend to throw bricks through windows, slash tires on buses, and throw bleach and urine at delegates, said Darby, an ex-leftist despised by radicals for undermining a left-wing conspiracy to bomb the 2008 Republican national convention in Minnesota.
All of this is really happening, Darby said. “They’re trying to shut down the communications structure for the city for law enforcement and emergency medical personnel.”
With these leftists, “[i]t’s not like a bunch of people are going to show up and talk on their cell phones. They have some massive computer equipment and their goal is to shut us down.”
Senior Democrats intend to complement the activists’ efforts.
Although both the Republican and Democratic parties have long refrained from trying to grab the media spotlight while the other is conducting its nominating convention, this coming week President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and an army of Democratic surrogates are scheduled to visit the Sunshine State in order to undermine Republicans’ message. While high-profile Democrats blanket the state, the Obama administration’s OWS allies will do their best to harass and interfere with Republican delegates attempting to do their civic duty.
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