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Protests planned at Gettysburg battlefield this weekend


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The Bloody Angle on the Union lines where Pickett’s Charge was repulsed on the third day of fighting on July 3, 1863. The angle in the stone wall is considered the high-water mark of the Confederacy.

Officials in Gettysburg are bracing for protests this weekend coinciding with the 154th anniversary of the Civil War battle.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans and  a group called Real 3% Risen have received special use permits for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in a special section north of Meade’s Headquarters.

“We make accommodations for people who want to exercise their First Amendment rights,” said Katie Lawhon, a spokeswoman for  Gettysburg National Military Park.

Officials also are aware of plans for other rallies that have been announced on social media but have not obtained permits, and there are unconfirmed reports that anarchists plan to burn Confederate flags during the anniversary of the battle.

Lawhon said the park is working with the U.S. Park Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, and local law enforcement to keep order during the weekend.

“Our goal is to ensure that public safety and visitor safety is number one and that park resources are preserved,” she said.

Besides the two permitted protests, Civil War reenactors from the Maryland Sons of Confederate Veterans also received a permit for a “site specific” march starting at 10 a.m. from the North Carolina Memorial to the Veterans Memorial, where they will hold a ceremony, Lawhon said. Another popular private reenactment festival is also scheduled about two miles from the park, she said.

Reports that the anti-fascist group Antifa plans to burn Confederate flags and desecrate graves have prompted calls on social media for other groups to gather in Gettysburg to counter those protesters.

The anniversary of the battle, which raged from July 1 to July 3, 1863, comes at a time when there is a growing movement to remove Confederate symbols from public spaces.

“There just seems to be a focus on that issue, when there has not been in the past,” Lawhon said.

There are no plans to change any of the 1,300 monuments on the park grounds, she said.

In St. Louis,  a controversial Confederate monument in a city park is set to be removed and placed in storage until it a permanent location can be found in a Civil War museum, battlefield, or cemetery.

In New Orleans, four confederate statues — of  Gens. Robert E. Lee and  P.G.T. Beauregard, of President Jefferson Davis, and one dedicated to those who opposed Reconstruction — were removed from public viewing.

In Orlando, a statue depicting “Johnny Reb” will be relocated from Lake Eola Park to a section of a local cemetery dedicated to Confederate veterans.

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VIDEO: AntiFA Draw Confederate White Knights to Gettysburg, July 1st


With no permits to protest in Gettysburg, AntiFA threatens violence, flag burning and damage to graves on July 1st

The White Knights issued the following WWF style challenge to AntiFA, which has been called racially derogatory, outright offensive, with similar intolerance that is comparable with the tactics of the AntiFA thugs. 

*Warning – Explicit Content:

Update: It is believed that since the release of this video, AntiFA has backed off of their threats to show up in Gettysburg with no permit.  

July 1st @ Gettysburg Battlefield: AntiFA vs. The Patriots


Update: AntiFA used Chemical Weapons against Police in Harrisburg, PA  – State police were on the front lines of a protest in Harrisburg and reported a stinging sensation to their skin after cleaning off the fruit that was thrown by AntiFA, police Capt. Deric Moody said.

AntiFA plans militant activity against American patriots in Gettysburg on July 1st

Police prepare for Nationwide rioting on July 2nd, as Antfa has announced its plans to demonstrate against America, President Trump, and his supporters. 

Urgent Call to Arms:

AntiFA Ideology:

Some interesting points made on the tactics of AntiFA:

  • AntiFA groups regularly call venues and threaten violence to get events canceled.
  • When AntiFA groups get events canceled, the media reports on it and ties the inviting group to the alt-right.
  • The last few times this has happened, it was not established AntiFA groups that called in the threats. Instead, the groups had formed literally just a few days before.
  •  It is entirely possible (perhaps even likely) that the alt-right is creating fake AntiFA groups to get their own events canceled because it generates media.
  • Getting events shut down also allows the alt-right to play the victim and get sympathy from libertarians who value free speech.
  •  When an event is canceled or moved or rescheduled, it can cause significant logistical headaches and financial hardship for the event organizer — or the state party.

Some other points made about AnitFA:

  • Most of the AnitFA don’t actually vote
  • The AnitFA never have proper permits for their hate speech
  • When they do have permit, they always end up in the streets leaving the designated area
  • They’re looking for a fight or to destroy things, so the police just follow them around
  • When AntiFA alone come to town, they always do it late at night
  • AntiFA throw stuff at the police horses
  • They carry all kinds of weapons and throw firecrackers

http://independentpoliticalreport.com/2017/05/chuck-moulton-lp-conventions-avoid-alt-right-white-supremacist-event-speakers/

A memo from AntiFA leadership to its followers:

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AntiFA to Burn Flag and Desecrate Graves in Gettysburg

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Update: AntiFA forced to retreat as Patriots Secure Gettysburg and Restore American Spirit

“ANTIFA” are planning on holding a rally at Gettysburg National Battlefield on July 1st, asks it’s members to “Bring and Burn Confederate Flags”.

By: Amy Lynne Thomas – The Sunbury American and Northumberland County Journal

Over the past few weeks, several US cities have been a hotbed of controversy over the removal of several Confederate monuments. After decades standing sentinel over New Orleans, the last of four Confederate monuments have been removed after being labeled as “Monuments of Racism and Hate”. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said of the removal of his city’s monuments: “To literally put the Confederacy on a pedestal in our more prominent places—in honor—is an inaccurate recitation of our full past, is an affront to our present and it is a bad prescription for our future”. The next state to follow in the footsteps in the movement is Arizona, where leaders call for the swift removal of six Confederate monuments around the state.

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Most recently, “Antifa” protesters in Texas have demanded the removal of a 100-year-old statue and “any other landmark that bears the name of Sam Houston”. Houston, one of the founders of Texas, was a staunch Unionist and denounced the creation of the Confederacy. But Houston owned slaves, so he’s been added to the purge list, which now includes: Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Woodrow Wilson, among many others.

Susan Platt, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, called for the Commonwealth to take down Confederate monuments and rename Confederate-themed highways and public buildings. In her political announcement, she states “I don’t believe it is right to celebrate an act of treason against the United States of America, a war that was waged for the purpose of maintaining slavery”.

In an online video,  Right Wing News stated that the “City of Baltimore wants to follow in New Orleans footsteps and remove several Confederate monuments”; including monuments to General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and ones to soldiers, sailors, and women.

Many have asked, “How long til this moves North?” To answer that question, the statue of a former mayor, Orville Hubbard, was removed from the front of the old City Hall building in Dearborn, Michigan and spent 17 months in storage before being placed on the lawn of the Dearborn Historical Museum. Beyond his name and dates of service, the statue’s new site will not provide any information about Hubbard and his views that made Dearborn “a symbol of the deep-seated racism of the North,” the New York Times said in 1969.

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A local group of self-proclaimed anti-fascism activists called “ANTIFA” are planning on holding a rally at Gettysburg National Battlefield on July 1st in protest of President Trump and asks it’s members to “Bring and Burn Confederate Flags”. The reasoning behind why this group picked the date and location for their rally is for the importance Gettysburg played in the American Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg started on July 1, 1863, when Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia met General George Meade’s Union Army of the Potomac. During the three-day battle, about 165,000 soldiers clashed in and around the small town of Gettysburg. When the Battle of Gettysburg was over on July 3, 1863, 51,000 soldiers were casualties (killed, wounded, captured or missing) in what remains the largest battle ever fought in North America. There are approximately 1,328 monuments, markers and memorials that stand in both the cemetery and battlefield to commemorate the Union and Confederate troops who fought there.

In removing any monument or marker of history, to what purpose does that serve? History in every corner of the world while oftentimes ugly and heinous, still serves a purpose. It is a remembrance to learning from our past and not condemning ourselves to repeat it. To some, it is a heritage that we tell future generations of who they are, where they come from and our American history is not a stumbling block but a stepping stone to a better future.

Update: The event link has recently been taken down: https://us.eventbu.com/gettysburg/burn-confederate-flag-to-trigger-trump-fans-day/229814

More perspectives on last years AntiFA Gettysburg protest:

http://www.eveningsun.com/story/news/local/gettysburg-area/2016/03/05/tensions-high-gettysburg-confederate-flag-rally/81310910/

https://centralpaantifascist.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/shut-down-confederate-flag-day-rally-reportback/

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