More than 20 citizens of the United States were, this Monday, accused of domestic terrorism, for attacks in the protests against the construction of the “City of Police”, in a wooded area on the outskirts of Atlanta, where in January a demonstrator died.
In all, 23 people of the accused are from US states, while one is from Canada and the other from France, US law enforcement officials revealed.
The site has become the focus of ongoing conflict, between authorities and left-wing demonstrators, united against various causes, such as the militarization of the police or protecting the environment.
Bottles and burning stones were thrown at police during Sunday’s protest in “Cop City”, where 26-year-old environmental activist Manuel Esteban Paez Terán, or “Tortuguita”, was shot dead by police during an operation in a protest camp in January.
The police, at the time, said they were attacked by Tortuguita, a version questioned by activists.
Like many protesters, Tortuguita was dedicated to preserving the environment, and according to friends and family, those ideals clashed with Atlanta’s hopes of building a Public Safety Training Center, designed to increase preparedness and morale after the death of George Floyd in 2020.
Protesters who oppose what they call “City of Police” range from environmentalists to self-proclaimed young anarchists who seek confrontation with what they consider an unjust society.
Many activists are also opposed to spending on a police facility that will be surrounded by poor neighborhoods in a city with one of the country’s highest inequalities.
Meanwhile, more protests are planned for the next few days, according to police.