A Washington Antifa member attempted to chain college Republicans inside a building during an event on Monday evening. He was arrested for Disorderly Conduct after his chain made so much noise, people were alerted to his action.
The suspect, identified as Ezra Benner, went to Thompson Hall on the University of Washington Campus after a Facebook Page message asked Antifa members to show up and “deplatform” the Republicans. Apparently the Washington Antifa member thought trapping the College Republicans inside a building was funny. He had an epic fail.
The Emerald City Antifa post read:
Just a reminder to people at the UW that the Operation Cold Front crew (who you might remember from such antics as “It’s ok to be White” signs, transphobic harassment of students, posing as Black Lives Matter to ask for reparations, harassing people outside an abortion clinic, and more) will be having a speaking engagement at the UW June 3rd at 6pm in Thomson Hall rm 101. There’s space for 100 or so people, but for those who show up, some useful tactics might to sit in using large items that take up additional seats, maybe with headphones in so you don’t have to hear their garbage, or noise demo tactics such as whistles to make it difficult for them to speak over.
They have recently put out some very ugly, transphobic material and were harrassing queer students at Evergreen, and we hope that we can take some time out this Pride Month to have our queer siblings backs, and not allow these assholes to have a platform.
These people are Proud Boy chuds, and Proud Boy chud supporters, they have been caught on video yelling “yt power!” while harassing womxn, and have a history of harassing womxn (including one of the co-hosts who is an accused rapist). These people belong to the Him Too movement, an anti-MeToo, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, “traditionalist” Men’s Rights trash fire. They should not be on campus bothering students.
So, if you’re able, show up to deplatform.
It’s unknown at this point whether Mr Benner was actually connected to the Facebook post, but he is allegedly a member of the Washington Antifa. Note: Operation Cold Front is a local YouTube Channel in the area.
One person did show up, though it’s unclear if he’s directly connected with the Facebook page. But he didn’t try to simply disrupt the event; he tried to lock the students in the hall with a chain and lock.
“I saw a guy in black approach the door but there had been no protest outside or anything so antifa wasn’t necessarily on my radar,” UWCR member Zach Wildfang told The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “He crouched down and immediately slapped his chain around the door.”
The chaining didn’t work. It made lots of noise, as chains against doors tend to do, and it immediately alerted the students inside, one already standing guard.
In the following video, you can see the moment that Benner attempted to chain the door shut with about 30 people inside the room. The featured photo shows the moment the students heard the chain rattling and pushed the door open, causing the chain to fall to the ground and the suspect to run.
As usual, the UW President Ana Mari Cauce condemned the event, in effect standing with Antifa for the disruption.