On Tuesday night, as the University of Washington College Republicans held their final meeting of the school year, a person who may have been a member of a local Antifa group attempted to chain the doors from the outside to lock the Republicans inside.
As My Northwest reported, Emerald City Antifa apparently discovered that the meeting would feature two guest speakers from a local YouTube channel, Operation Cold Front. Emerald City Antifa used their Facebook page to encourage members to disrupt the event. The group stated:
Just a reminder to people at the UW that the Operation Cold Front crew (who you might remember from such antics as “It’s ok to be White” signs, transphobic harassment of students, posing as Black Lives Matter to ask for reparations, harassing people outside an abortion clinic, and more) will be having a speaking engagement at the UW June 3rd at 6pm in Thomson Hall rm 101 …
These people are Proud Boy chuds, and Proud Boy chud supporters, they have been caught on video yelling “yt power!” while harassing womxn, and have a history of harassing womxn (including one of the co-hosts who is an accused rapist). These people belong to the Him Too movement, an anti-MeToo, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, “traditionalist” Men’s Rights trash fire. They should not be on campus bothering students.
So, if you’re able, show up to deplatform.
UWCR member Zach Wildfang told The Jason Rantz Show, “I saw a guy in black approach the door but there had been no protest outside or anything so antifa wasn’t necessarily on my radar. He crouched down and immediately slapped his chain around the door.”
UWCR president Chevy Swanson added, “We heard the rattling from inside. We looked to see through the window and see that someone was messing with the door. And it’s very clearly a chain being attached. So personally I ran up to the door and opened it on him, the chain fell to the ground, and he ran off, which is good because I much prefer not to be chained in a room with 30 other people indefinitely.”
Swanson said the suspect has appeared at other UWCR events, though this is the first time he’s been disruptive. My Northwest reported UW Police said the suspect is 18. Swanson said, “One of the other attendees of the event caught up to him and called the police and the police end up coming and arresting him.”
According to UW Police, the suspect will be “charged through investigation” for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
In April 2018, a woman affiliated with Antifa was arrested and later released by police after flinging paint on members of the UW College Republicans. As The Daily reported, “Two UWCR members, director of outreach Diodato Boucsieguez and treasurer Alex Guerrero, were tabling outside the HUB for several hours before a college-aged woman approached the table at about 12:30 p.m. … the woman walked around the tent from his left. In a fluid motion, the woman flicked the paint from a plastic bottle onto the booth.”