More "anarchists" busted for RNC disruption plans
Two men from Texas have been indicted by a federal grand jury for several charges associated with plans to disrupt the Republican National Convention in St. Paul earlier this month. Charges include possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing a firearm without a serial number, and illegal manufacturing a firearm, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minneapolis said in a Star Tribune story.
According to an FBI affidavit, the two were members of the Austin Affinity group and visited Minneapolis in the spring to make plans for the convention.
Some of the evidence included in the indictment:
The men brought a trailer filled with 35 shields made from stolen traffic barrels, to St. Paul on Aug. 28. The shields were constructed with protruding screws to be used as weapons. Both men also allegedly bought supplies for making Molotov cocktails at a St. Paul Wal-Mart on Aug. 31. The men allegedly made eight of the cocktails, stored them at a residence on Dayton Avenue, and planned to throw them at law enforcement vehicles in a nearby parking lot patrolled by members of the U.S. Secret Service and the military, the affidavit said.
And during electronic surveillance Sept. 2, officials one was caught saying "it's worth it if an officer gets burned or maimed."
Members of the Austin Affinity group call themselves anarchists (oh the irony!) and it looks like members of the group are also suspects in an arson fire at the Texas governor's mansion in early June because that was set by someone using a Molotov cocktail. Real winners in my book.
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