On Sunday, a police department in Asheville, North Carolina, said they had gotten a hostile communication from an Antifa organization regarding future demonstrations.
The Asheville Police Department announced on Facebook that they had received a “disturbing email” from Antifa, which threatened “further action” if certain demands were not met.
The message, which was sent to the police chief, began with the subject line “Greetings from ANTIFA.”
“We are enraged by your neglect of the innocent people who are merely demonstrating,” the message reads. The Antifa group claims that the police department has failed to react to the “immediate dangers to protestors’ safety, security, and well-being.”
Asheville, a Democratic stronghold in North Carolina, is recognized as a hotspot for left-wing activism and political causes. Demonstrators have gathered to voice their disapproval of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent gun rights, abortion, and climate-change restrictions rulings in recent weeks.
Antifa members have complained that “safety and security” at these gatherings has been “limited.” According to Antifa, citizens have been forced to “protect and deputize themselves.”
“If the Asheville Police Department fails to keep the protestors safe, we, ANTIFA, will at all costs,” the email reads. “The responsibility is yours. Here is your chance to prove that you are the heroes you claim to be. If you do not satisfy our demands, we, ANTIFA, will continue doing things in our own unique way and methods to protect this city’s excellent people.”
“WE will no longer tolerate your oppression in ANY FORMAT. YOU have forced us to perform YOUR duties as a result of YOUR lack of security and support. WE WILL NOT let you tell us that what we’re doing is wrong,” the message continues.
“If you fail to defend protestors, we will continue doing so successfully. If you continue to bother us for doing so, we will take further measures against you. This is your first and only warning.”
The chief of police in Asheville, North Carolina, David Zack, released a statement regarding the email.
“While Asheville prides itself on safeguarding free speech rights as well as individuals and property, the email I received today goes against that spirit,” he stated.