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Berkeley Police Department Offered ‘Symbolic Arrests’ To Protesters

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The police department in Berkeley, California offered “symbolic arrests” to protesters ahead of the melee that ensued this weekend, as “Anti-fascist” (Antifa) left-wingers clashed brutally with Trump supporters holding a “free speech” rally in the progressive city.

Many people wondered — as they did during a prior riot in Berkeley — why the police did not do more to handle the situation. It turns out that Berkeley actually has an official policy of doling out “symbolic arrests” to agitators if they contact the police beforehand.

That policy is stated clearly on the City of Berkeley website, which is excerpted below (bold emphasis added):

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The Berkeley Police and City of Berkeley want to facilitate the safe expression of constitutionally protected speech.  We want to work in partnership with you to hold a safe and peaceful event.  The following items are things that we recommend you do to ensure a safe event.

Go to City of Berkeley Website

  • Download and complete forms
  • File them at the Recreation Department

Contact the Police Department and Provide:

  • Purpose of protest
  • Date(s) and time of event
  • Location(s)
  • Route of march, if planned
  • Estimated attendance
  • Organizing person or group
  • Number of organizers
  • How to identify and contact organizers/monitors at the event (hats, shirts, armbands)
  • What will they be wearing?
  • Will they have mobile phones?
  • Do you want symbolic arrests?
  • If so, where and when?

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  • Inform people of date, time and location
  • Encourage peaceful expression and lawful behavior by attendees
  • Discourage certain items from being brought to the event

During the Event

  • Make organizers/monitors visible through clearly identifiable clothing
  • Coordinate at the event with uniformed bicycle officers, they will help facilitate the event
  • Stay on your planned march route, if applicable
  • Maintain communication with officers throughout the event and notify them of any change in plans.”

As Cassandra Fairbanks reported for Big League Politics, the melee in Berkeley was violent and devastating. Fairbanks reported:

“The protest was organized by militant leftist group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), who had previously claimed involvement in another riot in the city in February — boasting that they were one of the “organizers of Berkeley’s shutdown of white neo-fascist Milo Yiannopoulos.”

Prior to Yiannopoulous’ scheduled speech at University of California Berkeley, protesters lead by BAMN had thrown a firebomb, violently attacked attendees, and looted several nearby businesses.

The group, clad in ski masks and all-black attire from head to toe, launched fireworks and molotov cocktails at law enforcement, caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the school’s Student Union, and set the generator of a mobile light structure ablaze. The city estimated that the riot left between $400,000 and $500,000 in damage to the area.

BAMN was identified by the FBI in 2005 as thought to be involved in terrorist activities, in a document called the Domestic Terrorism Symposium, which was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Black bloc is a common tactic used by anarchists to make it more difficult to identify violent protesters and rioters for prosecution or civil claims. The goal is to make one person nearly indistinguishable from the next so that they can disappear in the crowd. The tactic has been used throughout the world for decades, but its first documented use in the US was at a protest against the support of “right-wing death squads” in El Salvador outside the Pentagon in 1988.

Since then, the tactic has become common at protests organized by the far left, which often lead to riots.

It is important to note that the definition of terrorism is “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.””

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Left-wing Snowflakes Working for Publisher Attempt Censorship Revolt Over New Jordan Peterson Book

They really hate freedom of expression.

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Shortly after news broke that individualist author Jordan Peterson would be releasing a new book, far-left staffers at the book’s publisher, Penguin Random House Canada, are attempting a revolt to get the book censored.

VICE has reported on certain staff members throwing tantrums during a recent townhall over Penguin Random House’s intended publication of Peterson’s new book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life. The book is scheduled to be released in March 2021.

“He is an icon of hate speech and transphobia and the fact that he’s an icon of white supremacy, regardless of the content of his book, I’m not proud to work for a company that publishes him,” a LGBT pervert who wants Peterson’s book to be censored said to VICE World News.

Another weakling employee said that “people were crying in the meeting about how Jordan Peterson has affected their lives.”

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“The company since June has been doing all these anti-racist and allyship things and them publishing Peterson’s book completely goes against this. It just makes all of their previous efforts seem completely performative,” the employee said.

The publisher is apparently not folding to the snowflakes and will continue with their plans to publish the book despite their whininess.

“We announced yesterday that we will publish Jordan Peterson’s new book Beyond Order this coming March. Immediately following the announcement, we held a forum and provided a space for our employees to express their views and offer feedback. Our employees have started an anonymous feedback channel, which we fully support. We are open to hearing our employees’ feedback and answering all of their questions. We remain committed to publishing a range of voices and viewpoints,” the statement said.

Big League Politics has reported on how companies are beginning to ignore their left-wing employees and instead make decisions based on market demands:

A contingent of leftist snowflakes working at Spotify are demanding that certain podcast episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience be censored to their ideological demands, or they will strike.

Last week, it was reported that Spotify was undergoing a revolt of sorts because several controversial episodes of the podcast were being published on the platform. An episode featuring Abigail Shrier, author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, is particularly offensive to the left-wing snowflakes who hate freedom of speech and love mentally-ill individuals getting their genitals mutilated.

Rogan is already being forced to grovel for making accurate statements on his podcast, such as when he correctly claimed that left-wing terrorists are starting wildfires in places like Portland.

“I said something on the podcast with Douglas Murray about people getting arrested for lighting fires, and I got duped. It’s wrong,” Rogan said in an Instagram post.

Smelling blood in the water, the Spotify leftists are going for the jugular. They are threatening to strike if they cannot exert further ideological control over Rogan’s podcast. According to Digital Music News, New York-based Spotify employees are intending to strike with accompanying pro-censorship protests outside of Spotify’s Manhattan headquarters.

However, they report that Spotify brass is likely willing to stare down these entitled employees, considering the $100 million investment they put into Rogan’s podcast.

“It also appears that Spotify management — including CEO Daniel Ek — has a limited tolerance for the mutiny on deck… The reason for Ek’s pushback is somewhat obvious. Joe Rogan’s entire identity revolves around unfiltered discussion and opinion, and audiences could abandon the podcast if it becomes censored or controlled,” Digital Music News reported.

Companies are beginning to realize that “get woke, go broke” is a truism and adjusting accordingly by ignoring liberal tantrums.

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