A Chicago-based communist revolutionary group blamed by Milwaukee’s police chief for stoking a second day of violence said that some of its members did go there to “support a revolution” but didn’t set out to cause trouble.
Police chief Ed Flynn said members of a Chicago chapter of the Revolutionary Communist Party turned what had been a peaceful night into a tense one by leading marchers down several blocks at around 11:30 p.m. TV footage showed a small group of protesters walking or running through the streets, sometimes toppling orange construction barriers.
“The (communist group) showed up, and actually they’re the ones who started to cause problems,” Flynn said at a news conference Monday.
That group released a statement later Monday referring to the protests as a “righteous rebellion.” Reached by phone, party co-founder Carl Dix said he wasn’t in Milwaukee but confirmed several party supporters from Chicago traveled the 90 miles north to protest against police, who he blamed for both Smith’s death and the subsequent violent protests. It is not clear how many of the group went to Milwaukee.
“This system sees police wantonly murdering people as part of the normal order of things,” Dix said. But he added that people take issue with protests in response to those killings. His group advocates dismantling the police.
The Revolutionary Communist Party was founded in 1975, with a sharp focus on issues affecting black Americans. Dix repeatedly said party members are seeking to “dismantle” police and other government systems. The group is distinct from the Communist Party of the USA.
Full article: Communist group members go to Milwaukee to help ‘revolution’ (AP)