In Tacoma, Washington, a man attacked an immigration detention center. Subsequently, some on social media are hailing him a hero.
69-year-old Willem Van Spronsen also must be a martyr — he was killed Saturday morning in a shootout with cops.
The call came around 4 a.m.: Willem had shown up equipped with flares and a rifle and was tossing would-be igniters at a large propane tank.
He did manage to set fire to a car.
According to a friend who spoke with The Seattle Times, Willem identified as part of the pro-fascism, pro-ironic-names group Antifa.
He was set to go out in a blaze of social justice glory:
“He was ready to end it. I think this was a suicide. But then he was able to kind of do it in a way that spoke to his political beliefs . I know he went down there knowing he was going to die.”
Here’s a tribute:
RIP to anarchist fighter Willem Van Spronsen. The attack on the ICE facility in Tacoma is a proportionate action against enslavers and internment camp operators. He joins a long list of fallen anarchist martyrs who fought for a liberated world! https://t.co/teXxBeUTLU
— RevAbolitionMov (@RevAbolitionist) July 14, 2019
And “plenty of love” for the comrade:
Yep, plenty of love for comrade Willem. 🤦🏽♀️ pic.twitter.com/8Hgm3AbKzi
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) July 14, 2019
#WillemVanSpronsen targeted ICE infrastructure in a bid to save lives. He is a hero, and we grieve his loss. Rest in Power comrade.
— Lou Lou (@loobylane) July 14, 2019
How many praising the attempt at “liberation” know the cages being displayed on social media were built during Obama’s presidency?
How many of the indignant were railing against the injustice then?
And what do the radicals think of Willem’s gun-totin’ ways?
We have an immigration problem — people aren’t willing to do it. Instead, they’re trying to sneak in. We have a border security problem — people aren’t willing to do it. Instead, they’re collecting their congressional paychecks and choosing not to fix things.
We have a political and ignorance problem — people aren’t willing to know things. Family separation was the result of the left-wing 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the decision of a Democrat-controlled Congress, and the Clinton-era Flores Settlement (here). It was the effect of a nation unwilling to imprison minors. Now we’re back to that (here). Is it better?
Whatever the problems at detention centers may be, running around pyromaniacally with a rifle — to borrow from a Steve Martin movie — is an idiot’s version of being interesting. The same is true of any various black-masked Antifa antics.
If Willem had succeeded in lighting the place up, what might’ve happened? Men, women and children, brought to their fiery deaths?
his name was Willem Van Spronsen. he was a 69 year old elder comrade who last year tried to free a 17 year old from police during a protest at the same ICE center. he literally gave his life for the cause. rest in power. remember him.https://t.co/JxClDbR1xA
— contranym (@c0ntr4nym) July 14, 2019
#WillemVanSpronsen was doing what's right and died doing it, he's a hero
— leninist enby (@WinterFaithful) July 14, 2019
#WillemVanSpronsen is an American hero. When your nation falls to fascism and begins rounding up minority groups in concentration camps, rebellion is the only option left. The government had the chance to discontinue the camps, but they chose to lie and try to hide their crimes
— ☭Bat'ko Anarkhiya☭ (@batkoanarkhiya) July 14, 2019
History in the making. 😥😡✊ #RIPWillVanSpronsen #WillemVanSpronsen #HERO #CloseTheCamps #AbolishICE#ICEraids July 14th#KnowYourRights Do Not open the door. They've gone to black & immigrant neighborhoods, its not just ppl here "illegally" that are being targeted. https://t.co/G8bT7HFG5w
— ☭Commie☭Angel☭ #NoMoreWars (@CommieAngel) July 14, 2019
#WillemVanSpronsen is a hero, we take the law into our own hands when the law fails those in need
— Neon Nobility (@SirCranburry) July 14, 2019
This is an act of great courage. It takes a lot of conviction and valor to act against ICE-run concentration camps this directly. QEPD Willem Van Spronsenhttps://t.co/m31HThTgJu
— Jorge Cuéllar (@infrapolitics) July 14, 2019
#WillemVanSpronsen is a hero and he won't be soon forgotten. This is your one life to live during the brief moment in time of your existence. What are we all going to do to honor his memory and make sure this nazi state is smashed into a million pieces?
— Wayfinder Radio (@einbert1986) July 14, 2019
The revolutionaries are among us. And their violent American presence — fueled by a pulverizing ignorance of politics and history, not to mention a lack of understanding of some of their favorite words (here, here, here, and here) — is very, very dangerous.
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