As most people are aware, Austin is not Texas.

The city may be the state capital named after Stephen F. Austin, known as the “Father of Texas,” but the city’s motto, Keep Austin Weird,” speaks to its liberal local politics and demographics, and Austin has not been immune to the protests that have followed last week’s election of Republican Donald Trump.

But on Sunday, when approximately 150-200 people gathered at the capitol building for what was to be a “peaceful protest” in accord with Police Chief Art Acevedo’s request that it be within the confines of the law, six members of a local communist group broke the peace and attacked Trump supporters who were also in the crowd.

The Texas Department of Public Safety announced the arrest of the six who belong to the Red Guards Austin, including Jarred Roark, 34, who was charged with felony aggravated assault, resisting arrest and evading arrest in the attack on state capitol grounds.

His cohorts, four men and a woman ranging in age from 19 to 36, were charged with interference with public duty and resisting arrest; the 19-year-old was also charged with felony assault on public servant.

Tom Vinger, Press Secretary for the Texas Department of Public Safety, took the unusual step of reassuring residents on Monday following the arrests of the violent anti-Trump communists.

“While we do not typically discuss security issues, we can say that DPS is continually monitoring events involving potential public safety impacts across the state and nation. We also adjust our level of vigilance to meet any potential or emerging threats, and will adjust our security measures as threats warrant.”

Austin may be an island unto itself, but Texas is still the Lone Star State and attacks like these on innocent civilians for the simple act of voting and on law enforcement officers by communist rioters will not be tolerated for long.

 

 

 

 

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