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Green Activists Demand ‘Reciprocal Violence’ After Protester Shot Dead by Police

“The police will kill you if given the chance. Now is the time for bravery.”

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A radical environmentalist group has called for “reciprocal violence” against police after a protestor was shot and killed in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Leftist activists had been camping out on the scene of the planned “Cop City,” a new training city for Atlanta law enforcement, for over a year, when police attempted to clear out the protestors on Wednesday.

“As law enforcement was moving through the property, officers located a man inside a tent in the woods,” the GBI said in a statement. The man allegedly “did not comply” with verbal commands, who then shot a Georgia State Patrol Tropper. Other officers returned fire and killed the protestor, while the injured officer was taken to a local hospital.

“Police killed a forest defender today, someone who loved the forest, someone who fought to protect the earth & its inhabitants,” tweeted Defend the Atlanta Forest, one of the most prominent Twitter accounts for the movement wrote. “This is why we organize to stop Cop City. And we will. In honor of their life, and the lives of everyone killed and imprisoned by the police.”

Defend the Atlanta Forest later held candelight vigils for the shooter. “No one can bring out friend back to us,” they added. “An innocent life has been taken and the machines continue.” They also denied that the deceased protestor shot police, claiming the officer was in fact hit by “friendly fire.”

A smaller and seemingly more radical group known as “Scenes from the Atlanta Forest,” demanded that “reciprocal violence” be undertaken against “the police and their allies” as revenge for the death of the protestor, posting links to “resources that list those responsible for the murder.”

“On Friday, January 20th, wherever you are, you are invited to participate in a night of rage in order to honor the memory of our fallen comrade,” the group wrote on Twitter. “The police will kill you if given the chance. Now is the time for bravery,” they continued in a second tweet. “Take care of each other. Be dangerous together.”

Given that calls for violence are against Twitter’s terms of service, the group repeatedly hid replies from concerned users of the platform, calling for Twitter to take action against such a flagrant violation of their rules. Later they admitted that their account, which has posted about the movement since November 2021, was “not long for this world.”

In a statement to Fox News, “The Defenders of the Forest” said that they were not affiliated with the more violent group, and that they are only a “news aggregator” for a “broad, diverse, decentralized movement to defend the Atlanta Forest.”

The call for violence echoes that of radical pro-abortion group, “Jane’s Revenge,” who demanded a “night of rage” following the Supreme Court ruling last year that overturned Roe v. Wade. A number of pro-life pregnancy centres across the country were targeted after the decision leaked, along with an armed man being discovered near the home of Justice Kavanaugh.

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Jack Hadfield is the Associate Editor at Valiant News. An investigative reporter from the UK, and the director and presenter of "Destination Dover: Migrants in the Channel, his work has appeared in such sites as Breitbart and The Political Insider. You can follow him on Gab @JH, on Telegram @JackHadders, or see his other social media by visiting



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    January 20, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Why don’t these Environmental activists go clean up the forests? They can rake, mow and pick up the trash.
    They can also pick up all the trash on the ground and in the ocean.
    Climate Change activists should go live in a cave, far away from all the man made niceties like indoor plumbing, electricity, natural gas, and grocery stores. Out of sight, out of mind.
    Neither group is going to “save” the planet, like it needs saving.
    Many of these same people claim they are saving the planet for the sake of their children- y’know the ones they probably aborted.
    What hypocrisy! Instead of wasting their time whining and protesting, they should put up or shut up and get their asses out there and clean stuff up.

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    January 20, 2023 at 9:39 am

    Who cares how much ya get paid, this os for commenting on the article. I say arrest the idiot for telling his people to kill police.

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    CPO Bill

    January 20, 2023 at 10:07 am

    Cut down the trees with the ass holes in them! Make a chain gang and walk em all to jail! beat the ones that resist and drag em! That area is where I trained on the firing range back in 72 when I was a cop in Atlanta. Lock em all up !

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    January 20, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    Innocent life…like what!!!?

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    Chuck Price

    January 20, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    How about just shooting all of them?

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    January 20, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    When are these so-called writers going to call these people what they really are — TERRORISTS — instead of the benign terms they use such as activists??

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