An armed Antifa terrorist was shot and killed by police early Saturday morning when he attacked a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Tacoma, Washington, with homemade bombs and a rifle. The self proclaimed Anarchist and Antifa member went armed with a rifle and attempted to set fire to both vehicles and a concrete building before trying to explode a propane gas tank at which point police intervened and shot him dead.
The man has been identified as Willem Van Spronsen a 69 year old who has been a fixture of the Anarchist scene in the Seattle area for at least two decades. Spronsen was a member of the “John Brown Gun Club” an organisation of armed leftists that have been promoted by media both in the U.S and around the world (including the Australian ABC). Spronsen mailed a manifesto before his attack on the Immigration facility which made it clear both that he considered his actions to be in the service to the “Antifa” cause and that didn’t expect to survive.
Sections of the manifesto have been leaked online illustrating the motivations behind the attack and Sponsen’s willingness to die for his cause:
“I am antifa, I stand with comrades around the world”
“To my comrades: I regret that I will miss the rest of the revolution. Thank you for the honor of having been in your midst. Give me space to be useful, to feel that I was fulfilling my ideas, has been the spirited pinnacle of my life. My trans comrades have transformed me, solidifying my conviction that we will be guided to a dreamed of future by those marginalized among us today. I have dreamed it so clearly that I have no regret for not seeing how it turns out.”
“In these days of fascist hooligans preying on vulnerable people on our streets….. we are living in visible fascism ascendant”
Anarchists in Australia were quick to claim Spronsen as a martyr celebrating his attack on Twitter as an act of heroism that will go down in history. Time will tell if the media organisations that do so much to promote and whitewash left wing extremism will continue their track record of covering up leftist violence.