(AmericanProsperity.com) – Over the weekend, protests across America turned into riots as parts of many cities were set on fire. President Trump said Antifa would be labeled as a terrorist organization. US Attorney General William Barr also said the violence carried about by Antifa and similar groups are domestic terrorism and will be dealt with accordingly. Finally, health officials are expressing concern that protestors and rioters could spread COVID-19 by not practicing social distancing or wearing masks.
Large and Small Cities Alike Struggle With Rioting
Not since 1968 has America experienced this level of civil unrest. In over 140 cities across America, chaos ensued as large gatherings of rioters destroyed buildings, vehicles and monuments over the weekend. Protestors and rioters say it’s in response to the police killing of African-American George Floyd last week.
There was a significant response to keep protests under control. More than 40 cities issued curfews to stem the violence, 4,100 people were arrested, and approximately 5,000 National Guard troops and airmen were activated in 26 states and Washington, D.C.
On Sunday night, 50 Secret Service agents were injured in confrontations with rioters at the White House. The historic St. John’s Episcopal Church and Lafayette Park in front of the White House were set on fire.
Across the country, people destroyed stores, police cars, and stole merchandise. In some instances, citizen protestors attempted to stop the looting.
Antifa a Terrorist Group
For decades, Antifa has been involved in rioting in cities across the globe. On Sunday, President Trump tweeted the US will be designating Antifa as a terrorist organization.
The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
Attorney General William Barr issued a statement saying the voices of peaceful protestors were drowned out by radical, violent actors. He called for the immediate stop to the violence, saying there would be confrontation to end it. Barr further said the goal is not reconciliation among radical groups, but rather to divide the country.
According to Barr, the FBI is coordinating among its 56 regional Joint Terrorism Task Forces to identify criminal organizers and instigators. He concluded by saying Antifa and similar organizations involved in the rioting will be treated as domestic terrorists.
Health Officials Concerned
As cities were determined to flatten the COVID-19 curve ever since mid-March, health officials are expressing concerns that massive protests and riots could cause a resurgence in the pandemic. Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday morning that there’s an uptick in COVID-19 cases at the “epicenter of the protests.”
Many peaceful demonstrators and violent rioters were not wearing masks over the weekend. Thousands gathered on streets while not practicing social distancing.
The question at hand isn’t about whether or not COVID-19 will spread via the protests. Experts want to know how many more cases will result from this weekend. People are also wondering if protest participants will self-quarantine and avoid the elderly and vulnerable.
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