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Remembering Scout Schultz on Georgia Tech Campus
On September 18th, 2017, hundreds gathered outside of the Georgia Tech student center for a vigil commemorating the killing of Scout Schultz. Scout was beloved by many, was a dedicated LGBTQ+ activist, an antifascist, and a revolutionary anticapitalist. Two days ago, they were killed by Georgia Tech police.
Online video has surfaced showing Scout in a distressed state, walking barefoot and surrounded by police who had their guns drawn. Scout held a closed multi-tool in their hand. The police opened fire.
“COPS – PIGS – MURDERERS”
As the sky darkened, student bureaucrats lost control of the vigil as students and friends of Scout began to shout out their feelings, their despair, their rage. A large section of the crowd began assembling and chanting anti-police slogans while adorning masks. The masked contingent was around 100 people.
Masked demonstrators quickly began lighting fireworks, flares, and smoke bombs to the cheers of the crowd. Flares and smoke bombs were thrown at police cruisers on Tech Parkway who sped off. When the crowd arrived at the police headquarters, the confrontation took a decisive turn.
Police began antagonizing the crowd, which then encircled a police cruiser. Scuffles broke out in the crowd with police. In defense of a fellow protester, someone emptied a fire extinguisher on a police officer. Demonstrators smashed the windows of police cruisers and attempted to defend themselves while police beat protesters with the help of at least one white “patriot.”
A police cruiser burns as masked and hooded demonstrators courageously fight to keep each other safe.
WE FIGHT BECAUSE WE LOVE
The masked contingent of the march constituted the majority of the crowd, but popularity is not what gives us legitimacy. Sometimes, our actions will be unpopular even when they are correct. We know, we all know, that it is our love for Scout, for each other, and for ourselves that drive us to fight against the police and the pathetic world they maintain.
At least three people were arrested tonight. Please donate to here.
Nothing is over.
REST IN POWER – SCOUT SCHULTZ
IT’S A SIN TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD