With the National Guard now being sent to Ferguson, Missouri as the unrest extends into a second week, questions are being asked as to whether provocateurs are being used by authorities to stage violence in order to justify the militarized police crackdown.
Trouble flared once again last night as demonstrators threw molotov cocktails at police officers while cops deployed tear gas and rubber bullets before the midnight curfew even came into effect. Numerous reporters said they were threatened with violence and arrest by cops if they didn’t leave the area.
Despite the fact that some of the violence and looting is obviously being carried out by criminal opportunists and frustrated locals, many are beginning to question whether agent provocateurs are being used to demonize peaceful protesters and create a justification for heavy-handed police tactics.
Corporal Justin Wheetley of the Missouri State Highway Patrol last night blamed “outsiders” for the mayhem, with KMOV reporting that the trouble was, “stirred up by influences from outside of Ferguson.”
Radio host Dave Hodges also claims to have spoken to a source from within the Department of Homeland Security who told him that violent rioting and looting, “was encouraged and exacerbated by undercover DHS agents posing as members of the Black Panthers.”
“In the past five days I have been contacted, via one of my most trusted sources, a member of DHS, who is opposed to the events and DHS involvement in Ferguson, Missouri. This source stated that DHS is running the Ferguson Police Department and that their actions are designed to antagonize and to provoke the locals to violence. He further stated that he believed that the ultimate goal is to inflame the local citizens to such a point martial law will be declared,” writes Hodges.
Indeed, video footage of a member of the New Black Panthers leading a chant which calls for the death of Darren Wilson, the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, confirms that individuals from the militant group are intent on radicalizing the demonstrators.
As we reported last week, Hashim Nzinga, the leader of the New Black Panthers, also staged a bizarre scene at the Ferguson Fire Department during which he accused President Obama of being from Kenya.
Members of the New Black Panthers have been caught working undercover for the federal government in the past, with the most recent example being Richard Aoki, who was outed as an FBI informant in 2012.
A key question surrounding the police response to the unrest has been why law enforcement officers were ordered to stand down during looting on Friday night. During the first night of looting on Sunday last week, cops were also completely AWOL.
Whereas militarized police have been out in force to intimidate and target peaceful demonstrators and members of the press, they have failed to respond to the very same looting that has been used as a justification for their crackdown.
“Why did the police in Ferguson refuse to do their jobs?” asks Michael Snyder. “Who told them to stand down? Someone in the mainstream media needs to start asking some of these hard questions.”
The fact that the U.S. Army was conducting martial law training in St. Louis two years has also aroused suspicions.
The presence of provocateurs during riots and unrest is by no means a new phenomenon.
Following the SPP protests in Canada back in 2007, Quebec provincial authorities were forced to admit that three rock-wielding black mask-wearing “anarchists” were in fact police infiltrators used to gather information on protesters.
During the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh in 2009, police also dressed up as anarchists in an attempt to infiltrate protesters.
Alex Jones’ film Police State 2: The Takeover also exposed how the black bloc anarchists were completely infiltrated and provocateured by the authorities during the violent 1999 WTO protests in Seattle.
Numerous observers of the unfolding situation in Ferguson are also starting to ask hard questions about whether provocateurs are responsible for at least some of the violence.
— Kawana. (@coo_bear) August 18, 2014
Chris Hayes then wisely wonders why Johnson and the police would then give the provocateurs the response they were looking for.
— ?USTIN W?LKER (@austin_walker) August 18, 2014
Students of history know, despite the French name, Agent Provocateurs are as American as Apple Pie. #Ferguson
— Drew Dellinger (@drewdellinger) August 18, 2014
I would not be surprised if these provocateurs r paid by the #Ferguson police to cause unrest and make things difficult for the protestors!
— Hitup (@comeonnoles) August 18, 2014
After seeing what happened with OccupyOakland, I *really* wouldn’t be surprised if the ‘violence’ in #Ferguson was via agent provocateurs.
— MissRoach (@MissRoach) August 18, 2014
@Karoli And I have no doubt there are police provocateurs in the crowds. Every law enforcement agency uses them.
— greg (@TaoistSoul) August 18, 2014