Five arrested in Alamance County during face-off at pro-Confederacy rally

Welcome to life in Trumpistan:

Shouting members of activist groups traded verbal jabs Saturday in Graham’s Court Square, though physical altercations only took place between a few protesters and law enforcement. The event, Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County’s Confederate Memorial Day observance, along with the Triangle Industrial Workers of the World’s counter-demonstration, began with arrests of three IWW protestors.

Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson said some ACTBAC members arrived with muskets, as they had been encouraged by the organization’s leadership to bring, and some IWW protestors had knives. Demonstrators on both sides were instructed to take their weapons back to their vehicles. None appeared to have been brandished the rest of the day.

It was inevitable that this crop of rednecks would eventually be confronted by the more radical elements of the Left, and I am glad there is pushback of a more vocal level. But this escalation greatly increases the likelihood that violence will occur at one of these events, something I will not condone. I understand frustration is high, and people are being hurt by the backwards slide into Conservatism. But physical violence (always) changes the dynamic in situations like this, by attracting violent people like moths to a flame. But that flame won't burn out, it will just grow bigger. Here's more:

At one point, a protestor allegedly grabbed a flag — either Christian or Confederate — apparently set up beside the courthouse earlier that morning by an ACTBAC member — and began to attempt to tear it, said Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson.

Capt. Steve McGilvray of the Graham Police Department said it appeared one of the protesters was “struggling to get a water bottle open” after grabbing the flag, leading officers to believe he may have been attempting to set fire to it. McGilvray said another protester quickly picked up the bottle and took it, so officers were unable to determine what was inside.

Honestly, I'm not sure any of the observations made by law enforcement at this event can be trusted. Sheriff Terry Johnson has a reputation for making shit up at the drop of a hat, and since he recently took his name out of contention for a US Marshal's job and announced he would (once again) be seeking re-election as Sheriff, there's no telling what kind of antics he'll get up to to further that goal.

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