Washington Antifa Extremist Charged With Shooting of Coronavirus Mandate Protestor

An Olympia, Washington Antifa extremist has been charged with the shooting of a man protesting coronavirus mandates earlier this month.

36-year old Benjamin Anthony Varela was arrested on Thursday, and will face charges of first-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon. Journalist Andy Ngo broke news of the arrest on Monday.

Varela is accused of pulling the trigger in the shooting of Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, a Proud Boys member and anti-mandate protestor who was shot in the foot on September 4th. The shooting was caught on tape, with members of the left-wing terrorist organization celebrating the violent act on social media following the event.

Varela’s now-deleted Twitter account advertised himself as a “professional anarchist, thug, and paid protester.” His purged YouTube account also features Antifa and Communist imagery.

Court documents detailing charges against Varela accuse the leftist agitator of running into an alley to dispose of his all-black uniform following the shooting. The shooting allegedly occurred after security forces for a medical freedom protest fought back against Antifa militants seeking to shut down the demonstration, with Varela turning around and shooting five rounds at the protestors. Jessica Lynn O’Connor, Varela’s girlfriend, is also accused of appearing at the protest.

In forum posts obtained by Ngo, Varela urges leftist militants to “start hurting people” and defends the 9/11 terror attack, likening the United States to a “Nazi state.”

Varela is being held on $100,000 bond in the Thurston County jail, facing arraignment in early October.

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