An Antifa student group at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) has proposed that “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” be rebranded as “Law Enforcement Incineration Day.”
“Instead of #LawEnforcementAppreciationDay how about #LawEnforcementIncinerationDay,” the group Autonomous Student Network (ASN) Austin tweeted on January 9, accompanied by a photo of a policeman engulfed in flames.
According to Time, the unidentified 41-year-old officer depicted in the photo was patrolling the streets of Paris, France on May 1, 2017—otherwise known as “May Day,” a date associated with violent protests—when he was struck by a Molotov cocktail that inflicted third-degree burns.
ASN Austin describes itself on its Facebook page as “an organization that seeks to promote student autonomy through direct action tactics.”
“We are dedicated to the complete abolition of all systems of domination and hierarchy. We stand absolutely against white supremacy, settler colonialism, cisheteropatriarchy, ableism, the state, and capitalism as systems which organize violent and hierarchical relationships between social groups,” the group declares.
“We see the state as integral to all forms of domination,” the description continues, adding that “we see police as an extension of this and refuse any negotiation with the cops.”
ASN Austin disavows any specific “vision of what alternatives we want to build,” instead saying that it aims to “provide an outlet for radical student activism” and “radicalize student activism on campus beyond the pathetic spectacle of chants and protests that are so non-disruptive to those in power.”
The extensive description concludes with a call to “Spread Anarchy, Live Communism!”
As alluded to in its statement of principles, the controversial tweet of a police officer being immolated is just the latest instance of ASN Austin’s anti-police rhetoric.
PragerU, the media brainchild of American conservative talk radio host Dennis Prager, tweeted a pro-police infographic on January 9 with the caption, “In America, we’re lucky to have the police force we do.”
The infographic points out that police officers protect citizens by arresting the gang members who kill and rob innocent people, asking, “So, why are there so many anti-police activists?”
ASN Austin seemed to take particular issue with the infographic.
“Hey @prageru, we fixed your graphic on the cops for you. Bet you feel real lucky being on the right side of that thin blue line though,” ASN Austin later tweeted alongside a spoof of PragerU’s original image.
ASN Austin’s graphic proclaims that the police “kill and rob” oppressed peoples while protecting “white supremacist capitalism” as it endeavors to “exploit and repress” those same oppressed peoples, asking, “So, why are there so many police sympathizers?”
“They’re no real University, just using the U to seem official,” the group said of PragerU in another tweet, declaring that PragerU is “just a propaganda machine.”
Campus Reform reached out to ASN Austin, but did not receive a response in time for publication.