Members of the extreme-left Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement carried banners reading “Death to America” and “Free All Political Prisoners” during a New York City street protest Friday, before smashing windows and igniting a dumpster fire as police declared the event an unlawful assembly.
Clothed in “black bloc” gear to conceal their identities, members of the group chanted “every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground,” with some pumping their fists as others waved black flags complete with the red star of communism.
As the demonstration dragged on, it descended into chaos, setting a similar stage to the riots that have plagued New York City and the nation for much of the summer. According to a next-morning news report, members of the riotous mob caused more than $100,000 in damage as they raged their way through the Lower Manhattan neighborhood, lighting a dumpster aflame, smashing windows, and vandalizing storefronts with graffiti. Among their victims were a Starbucks, a Duane Reed Drugstore, and several banks.