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San Antonio Confederate monument saw militias at city hall

Post by Admin on Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:00 pm

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A heavily armed Texas militia dressed in fatigues showed up at a city council meeting in San Antonio on Wednesday to guard a member of the This Is Texas Freedom Force.

Their presence is part of an increasing trend of pro-Trump politicians and other public figures using hard-right militias as private armed guards.

At the council meeting, Brandon Burkhart, vice president of the This Is Texas Freedom Force (TITFF), spoke in favor of blocking the relocation of a Confederate Army monument that stands in Travis Park, in the city's center.

On Wednesday, Burkhart was escorted through San Antonio's streets to the city council chambers by men and women wearing tactical vests and carrying military-style assault weapons. Their ranks were reportedly drawn from the Alamo Militia and members of the nationwide Three Percent militia movement.

"Do you guys see the problems that you're causing? . Do you know the death threats that I've received?" Burkhart told councilmen Roberto Treviño and William Shaw during the meeting, according to the online San Antonio news outlet Rivard Report.

At the beginning of August, Shaw and Treviño filed a motion to move the monument, dedicated to "Our Confederate Dead" and flanked by canons, to a new location. It has stood in Travis Park since 1900 and commemorates the Civil War Confederate Army that fought to preserve slavery in the Southern states and protect the economic rights of slave owners to hold African-Americans as their property.

"A lot of Texans are watching," Burkhart told the councilmen. "We are prepared to move forward with a recall for you, Treviño, you, Shaw.if need be, because we are not going to stand by and let you remove a monument that represents veterans, not race.

"They're trying to silence me, which is not going to work," Burkhart continued, claiming people have threatened to shoot him and other TITFF members. "We will come armed every time, and we will come [with] even bigger armaments if we have to. If we have to bring a bigger security team with us, we will."

The city council is set to decide whether to debate the monument's removal in the next three weeks.

A member of the Three Percent militia told the Rivard Report that when TITFF announced it would be speaking at the city hall meeting, "they received what they felt to be credible death threats."

The militia member, who identified himself only as "Tunnel," said it's necessary for them to carry weapons because of left-wing violence. "In the event something were to happen like it did in Berkeley, or Portland, or Charlottesville, there needs to be somebody to protect the innocents," he said. "What we found is the narrative from the left is, anybody who doesn't agree with them is a Nazi."

Texas law allows people to openly carry rifles without a license, and recently reduced the price of license fees for handguns by two-thirds. The presence of armed militiamen disturbed Shaw. "When you bring guns to an event, that doesn't express peace. That's violence, and San Antonio is better than that," he said.

During a white supremacist neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 15, Burkhart and the TITFF, along with militia members carrying weapons, gathered in Travis Park in San Antonio to protest the removal of their monument.



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