“He crouched down and immediately slapped his chain around the door.”
While the College Republicans at the University of Washington held a meeting in a classroom, someone approached the door from the outside and attempted to chain the doors shut. Luckily, they had someone watching the door.
Members immediately sprang into action and chased down the suspect, who was ultimately arrested.
Jason Rantz reported at KTTH Radio:
Rantz: ‘Antifa’ member arrested for trying to imprison Republican students in classroom
An alleged member of a local antifa group was arrested Monday evening for attempting — and very badly failing — to chain the doors, locking conservative students in a University of Washington classroom.
Front. The meeting caught the attention of Emerald City Antifa. On their Facebook page, the group encouraged members to show up to disrupt the event.
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.
“We heard the rattling from inside,” UWCR president Chevy Swanson told Rantz. “We looked to see through the window and see that someone was messing with the door. And it’s very clearly a chain being attached.
This video is cued to start at the 50:22 mark, just press play:
Or you can watch a short clip in this tweet from Andy Ngo:
Why is this not a bigger story? On Tues a masked person attempted to chain lock everyone inside a @UW_CR event. He was stopped by men watching door. Antifa had earlier called for action. Read the shocking report. It was caught on camera by @RealColdFront. https://t.co/7VoYkr4ErZ pic.twitter.com/INuKjHICDW
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) June 5, 2019
Here’s a photo of the suspect being taken into custody:
Breaking: The masked suspect who is accused of trying to lock the UW College Republicans in a room with a chain and padlock is named as Ezra C. Benner, 18. He was cited with disorderly conduct by the UWPD. pic.twitter.com/HeW05Y72Y6
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) June 5, 2019
A conservative group called Operation Cold Front had members at the meeting as guests. This is apparently what triggered the left. Emerald City Antifa posted the following message on their Facebook page:
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.
So here’s the obvious question. What was the point of chaining the door shut? Was it just to lock them in, or was something else coming next?
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