Kenosha is the fourth largest city in Wisconsin, located on the shore of Lake Michigan, 49 miles north of Chicago and 32 miles south of Milwaukee. Forty-nine percent of Kenosha's workers commute to workplaces located outside Kenosha county.
The historic automobile industry in Kenosha attracted Italian, Irish, Polish, and German immigrants.
In the 2010 census, there were 99,218 people, 37,376 households, and 24,090 families residing in the city. There were 40,643 housing units at an average density of 1509.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 77.1% White, 10.0% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 6.8% from other races, and 3.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.3% of the population.
A woman called the police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, regarding Jacob Blake. After Blake was, according to National Review, "physically scuffling with [police] officers," the twenty-nine year old Blake was shot while going toward his vehicle. It was later discovered that a knife was present in Blake's car.
Sources including Fox News referred to the riots as "protests" over an officer-involved shooting of a black man wanted for various crimes. Police scanner audio indicates a woman called 911 to report Jacob Blake was at her home and wasn’t supposed to be, and had stolen her keys. Responding police were made aware of Blake’s arrest warrant for domestic abuse and a felony sex crime. Blake brawled with cops before reaching inside his car and was shot. He survived but the incident sparked mass BLM-inspired deadly violence in Kenosha in support of the felon. Marxist rioters from Chicago were notified by Twittter. The small town police department of Kenosha, unprepared and untrained in riot control, was quickly overwhelmed. The court house, Probation and Parole Dept., car dealers, businesses, and public service vehicles were set on fire. Thugs jumped on police cars, slashed tires, knocked out an officer, and tossed incendiary grenades at the cops. Amid the violence, one rioter accidentally lit herself on fire. BLM leader Shaun King, who is white but claims to be "black", applauded the violence and openly called for further mayhem. As reported on August 25, 2020, the thugs beat an elderly store owner to the point of unconsciousness for defending his property. A conservative reporter had a pistol pointed in his face while covering the riot. The Kenosha Police Department, which can only field a maximum of 90 officers on the street per shift, asked Wisconsin Democrat governor Tony Evers for 750 National Guardsmen. Evers sent only 250. President Trump offered to send the additional 500. Acting for partisan political reasons, Evers rejected the offer. Two white Black Lives Matter terrorists who attacked a 17-year-old boy guarding private property, were killed.
Maoist activists from the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) can take most, if not all, of the credit for inciting the recent rioting in Kenosha. FRSO is based in the Midwest. It has maintained a strong presence in Chicago and Minneapolis for decades. The subversive organization has expanded in recent years into Milwaukee and the smaller university towns of Oshkosh and Kenosha, where new cadre are recruited through campus branches of FRSO’s youth wing: New Students for a Democratic Society. Journalist Tevor Louden has extensively research the FRSO.
It was the Minneapolis affiliate of the NAARPR—the Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice 4 Jamar—headed by FRSO comrades Jess Sundin and Lorraine VanPelt that is credited with sparking the Minneapolis riots. Kenosha police reported 102 of 176 arrests were of out-of-towners.
When protesters gathered in downtown Kenosha after the Aug. 23 police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake, three banners were clearly visible at the head of the several-hundred-strong crowd: the bright red FRSO banner, the green banner of the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, and the smaller black flag of New Students for a Democratic Society—probably the local University of Wisconsin—Parkside branch.
Just before the march, a young woman led the crowd in a chant of “long live the revolution” directly in front of the signature FRSO banner. FRSO Facebook pages (both Wisconsin and national) contain extensive coverage of the protests and riots—as does the FRSO-affiliated website FightBack! News.
The Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression Facebook page issued a call to free arrested protester Adelana Akindes—a leader of the UW–Parkside New Students for a Democratic Society. The Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is led by FRSO member Lauryn Cross.
A Wisconsin FRSO Facebook page post on Aug. 25 features a quote from Chairman Mao Zedong over a picture of the Kenosha protest and the hashtags #Justice4JacobBlake #NationalLiberation and #Kenosha.
“The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.” — Mao Zedong
The Facebook post then highlights “our comrades on the frontlines down in Kenosha tonight.” FRSO’s FightBack! News declared:
“Members of the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and Freedom Road Socialist Organization are participating in the protests.”
The morning after the first riots, FightBack! News described the previous night’s chaos as an “Uprising underway in Kenosha:”
“Riot police assembled at the scene of the shooting as the crowd began to gather, including members of the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. Those assembled quickly grew restless in their anger. Squad cars were smashed and Molotovs were thrown. The people chased the cops away and then set off on a march to the Kenosha Police Department (KPD) downtown.
“When protesters arrived at the KPD building, they rallied in the front parking lot. As the crowd swelled, SWAT trucks and riot cops rolled onto the scene. Tear gas was deployed, but not enough to disperse the crowd. The riot police formed a line and attempted to push the crowd away from the building and out of the parking lot. The people met them with linked arms and prevented their advance. Holding strong, the people chanted ‘No justice, no peace!’ and ‘Jacob Blake!’“Eventually, the riot police began to retreat into the police station. People from the crowd threw fireworks behind the row of cops. Then the second wave of tear gas was fired into the line of protesters, this time in a more substantial quantity, forcing them to break up. In spite of these efforts, people would not quit. More cop cars were smashed and other vehicles used by KPD to block roads were set on fire.”
The language is similar to that used in the wake of the Minneapolis riots. During an interview with the Green Flame podcast (that has since been removed from their website), Minneapolis FRSO comrade and protest organizer Sundin said:
“The first two weeks after George Floyd was killed saw an intensely high level of organizing all day and all night every day. During the day we would have marches and rallies and at night the focus was often at the Third Precinct. Which is the police station where George Floyd’s killers were working out of … I can’t tell you the joy it brought all of us to see the Third Precinct destroyed.”
Speaking to a crowd in Milwaukee two days before Jocob Blake was gravely wounded in Kenosha, prominent Wisconsin FRSO leader Ryan Hamann publicly praised the arson of Minneapolis’ Third Precinct police station:
“On May 28, thousands more in that city organized and marched and forced the police into a full retreat from the Third Precinct police station and it was righteously burned.”
The FRSO follows the Chinese Communist Party line.
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