This video shows an ANSWER counter protest to a tea party/immigration rally turn ugly fast. A 62-year-old man is beaten to the ground and kicked while helpless. I just blogged about it on my site but haven't seen many mentions of it. ANSWERFL had apparently sent around an email prior to the rally calling on members to take militant action against the "teabagers" etc.
From Red Alerts:
A.N.S.W.E.R. hired thugs attacked an immigration enforcement rally in Florida brutally beating two Tea Party protesters in broad daylight. One victim was 62-years-old Dave Caulkett of Floridians for Immigration Enforcement and as this video shows while the old man was down on the ground after being pummeled he was kicked in the face and the A.N.S.W.E.R. organizers cheered as their goons continued to assault him:
The left wants a civil war.
A.N.S.W.E.R. organizers set their thugs loose on the two men and stood by until they heard police coming. Then they stopped their members and re-positioned them to make it look like nothing happened. This was an orchestrated attack designed to make people fearful of protesting against their agenda.
A.N.S.W.E.R. Florida had sent out this email to people prior to this incident:
Racism is like anything else in this world: in order to make it fall, you must smash it! That is why we are calling on all people to come out tomorrow, to organize a militant confrontation with the so-called “tea baggers.” Beating back these forces will require us to organize together, take the streets, fight the racists wherever they show their faces and drive them out of every community.
The racist demonization of immigrants only serves the interest of the ruling class during this historical economic crisis. The same bankers, CEO’s, and politicians, both Democrat and Republican, which have for decades devastated the economies of countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, have once again devastated the economy in this country. The same ruling class that devastates the lives of working people in other nations through war and super-exploitation are the ones throwing workers out of their homes, denying them healthcare, and laying them off from their jobs in this country.
Racism is consciously used as a tool by the ruling class because they know that as long as working people are ided and fighting each other, the people are not fighting the bankers, CEO’s, and politicians. Only under a brutal system that puts profit over people can you have a whole section of society whose only crime is being forced from their nations because of imperialism and forced to work in the most hostile of conditions in this country. Only racism can justify this reality.
The continual devastation of working people because of this crisis, however, is not the fault of one group of workers. On October 28th, President Obama signed the largest military budget in U.S. history-$680 billion dollars, which does not include the cost of the criminal occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. The new administration is also continuing to hand out the $9.5 trillion dollars in working people’s tax dollars to bailout the already rich.
The money to end the suffering of all working people tomorrow is there. It is our choice as to whether we will allow the right of a few to profit from labor of workers to continue, or whether we will rise up as one class of working people to and take political power into our own hands.
We are building a movement that will beat back racism so that working people of all nationalities can unite and fight against our one, shared enemy: capitalism. Amnesty, full rights for ALL immigrants, is a demand that should be raised not just by the immigrant communities, but by every working class community in our struggle to solve this crisis by our own means.
Join us tomorrow, and join us in building the movement against racism and capitalist exploitation!