Food Riots In Sri Lanka Turn Deadly As Protesters Beat Up Police, Burn Down Politicians’ Houses

ZeroHedge | by Tyler DurdenSaturday, May 14, 2022 – 06:40 AM

Two months ago, we noted the first Arab Spring 2.0 incident when, as a result of soaring food, energy (and everything else) prices, thousands of angry Iraqis took to the street to protest. Needless to say, their complaints did not get much traction, and in the meantime food prices have only exploded to fresh record highs, far surpassing the levels hit in 2011 when riots against, you guessed it, food prices toppled most MENA political regimes (not without some CIA backing).

And as food prices keep rising, the protests across poor nations keep escalating, and on Thursday protests broke out in Iran leading to at least 22 arrests, after the government cut subsidies for food, sending prices through the roof as authorities braced for more unrest in the following weeks, Fox News reports.

In videos shared on social media, protesters can be seen marching through Dezful and Mahshahr in the southwestern province of Khezestan, chanting “Death to Khamenei! Death to Raisi!” referring to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has promised to create jobs, lift sanctions, and rescue the economy.

Iranian state media has not publicly addressed the protests, but they have been covered by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an opposition group. Footage shared by the NCRI shows protesters setting fire to a Basij military base in Jooneghan, a city in the Central District of Jooneghan county.

“Every so often we see these types of protests in Iran. Each time it is under a different premise – the price of eggs, the price of gas, the price of bread, but the underlining message which is supported by the slogans heard throughout the demonstrations is the same; they are protesting the entirety of a brutal regime,” Lisa Daftari, Iran expert and editor-in-chief of the Foreign Desk, said in a statement.

“It is also evident in the fact that these protests are no longer just contained to Tehran, the capital city, and other urban areas. We are seeing protests throughout the country in urban and rural areas and throughout the very vast and diverse Iranian population.”

Daftari is right, and not just about Iran (and Iraq), but also Sri Lanka, where protesters angry at the soaring prices of everyday commodities including food, have burned down homes belonging to 38 politicians as the crisis-hit country plunged further into chaos, with the government ordering troops to “shoot on sight.”

Police in the island nation said Tuesday that in addition to the destroyed homes, 75 others have been damaged as angry Sri Lankans continue to defy a nationwide curfew to protest against what they say is the government’s mishandling of the country’s worst economic crisis since 1948.

The Ministry of Defense on Tuesday ordered troops to shoot anyone found damaging state property or assaulting officials, after violence left at least nine people dead since Monday, according to CNN; it is unclear if all of the deaths were directly related to the protests. More than 200 people have been injured.

The nation of 22 million is grappling with a devastating economic crisis, with prices of everyday goods soaring, and there have been widespread electricity shortages for weeks. Since March, thousands of anti-government protesters have taken to the streets, demanding that the government resign.

The military had to rescue the country’s outgoing Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in a pre-dawn operation on Tuesday, hours after he resigned following clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters. The military were called after protesters twice tried to breach the Prime Minister’s Temple Trees private residence compound overnight, a senior security source told CNN.

Rajapaksa’s resignation came after live television footage on Monday showed government supporters, armed with sticks, beating protesters at several locations across the capital, and tearing down and burning their tents. Dozens of homes were torched across the country amid the violence, according to witnesses CNN spoke to.

Armed troops were deployed to disperse the protesters, according to CNN’s team on the ground, while video footage showed police firing tear gas and water cannons.

It remains unclear if the curfew and the Prime Minister’s resignation will be enough to keep a lid on the increasingly volatile situation in the country.

Many protesters say their ultimate aim is to force President Gotabaya Rajapaksa — the Prime Minister’s brother — to step down, something he has so far shown no sign of doing.

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Going back to the same soaring food prices which tend to have quite a deadly and destabilizing impact on the world’s mostly poor nations, the ones who have no social safety net, Goldman recently published a Q&A on global food inflation (available to Professional Subscribers in the usual place), in which the bank look at the consequences of the global food crisis which is only getting worse by the day. Below we excerpt several sections from the Q&A:

Q. How large is the shock to global food prices?

A. Quite large but not unprecedented, and less large than the shock to energy prices.

Our GSCI Agriculture and Livestock index has increased by 17% over the past year and by 75% since the start of the pandemic (Exhibit 1, LHS). These moves are similar to those in 2008 and 2012 but less large than the current rise in energy prices. Our GSCI Energy index has increased by 70% over the past year and by 110% since the start of the pandemic. Agriculture commodities have seen sharper price gains than livestock commodities with increases in the GSCI Agriculture Index of 21% over the last year and 90% since early 2020 (Exhibit 1, RHS). Wheat prices have risen particularly sharply since 2020H2 due to unfavorable weather conditions and higher input costs.

Q. How is the war in Ukraine affecting global food prices and what is the outlook?

A. War-related supply disruptions have contributed to the rise in wheat and oilseed prices. Our commodity strategists expect wheat prices to rise up to 15% over the next few months, with upside risk for the next year.

The war in Ukraine has severely disrupted shipments of grains and oilseeds from the region. Combined dry bulk shipping activity in Russia and Ukraine ports has dropped by 50% compared to the 2021 average (Exhibit 2, LHS). The war is also likely to depress future production by disrupting Ukrainian spring planting of corn and sunseed and tillering of wheat. Russia and Ukraine together account for 13% and 8% of global wheat and oilseeds production, respectively (Exhibit 2, RHS), with CEEMEA countries especially relying on food imports from the region. As a result, wheat and oilseed futures have increased by 30% and 25% since the invasion, respectively, from already high levels.

Although the region plays an important role in global food production, Russia’s share in global energy production is even higher. This helps to explain why energy prices have generally risen more since the invasion than food prices.

Q. How does the hit from higher food prices to consumer purchasing power compare across economies?

A. The contribution from food and beverages to year-over-year headline CPI inflation is the largest in CEEMEA (7.1pp, PPP-weighted average), followed by Latin America (2.8pp). The contributions are less large in EM Asia excluding China (2.3pp), in DMs (0.8pp), and China (-0.5pp).

The food contribution to inflation is larger in EMs than DMs, although it is not unprecedented for Latin America and EM Asia (excluding China). While less elevated than in comparison to EMs, the current DM food contribution of 0.8pp is the highest on record, going back to 1996 (Exhibit 3, LHS).

By country, the food contribution is the largest in Turkey (23pp) and Russia (4pp), but negative in China at -0.5pp (Exhibit 3, RHS). The very large contribution in Turkey reflects sharp currency depreciation, reliance on imports of cereal, oilseeds, and oils from Russia and Ukraine, and droughts. The large food contribution in Russia partly reflects recent war-triggered demand from hoarding of non-perishable food. Finally, food deflation in China reflects oversupply of hogs.

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Q. What are the key implications of elevated food inflation for financial markets?

A. Upward pressure on EM policy rates and negative effects on credit and FX markets in frontier economies facing sharp “food-only” terms of trade deteriorations.

Further food price increases would likely put upward pressure on global and especially EM policy rates given the already very elevated inflation levels, and often less well anchored inflation expectations. The impact on DM policy rates should be more limited smaller, although food prices also influence DM short-term inflation expectations.

High food inflation can also have negative effects on credit and FX markets in frontier economies facing sharp terms of trade deteriorations. “Food-only” terms of trade have worsened in about 80% of the EMs this year. Using data on these terms of trade moves, food CPI weights, and fiscal balances, our EM strategists conclude that frontier sovereign credit markets in Egypt, Ghana, Tunisia, and Morocco are particularly vulnerable to food inflation shocks. Rising food inflation may also contribute to sociopolitical unrest in lower-income countries, as is currently the case in Sri Lanka.

More in the full report available to professional subs.

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Virginia’s GOP Leaders Are Refusing To Enforce The Law Against Leftists Harassing SCOTUS Justices

Virginia’s GOP Leaders Are Refusing To Enforce The Law Against Leftists Harassing SCOTUS Justices

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Attorney General Jason Miyares are refusing to enforce state law against leftist protesters who have been demonstrating outside the homes of several U.S. Supreme Court justices in the Commonwealth.

Following the leak of a draft majority opinion from the high court that would overturn Roe v. Wade, pro-abortion protesters have been showing up at the homes of Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices in recent weeks in an attempt to intimidate members of the court into upholding the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

On Wednesday, several demonstrators who were dressed up as characters from “The Handmaid’s Tale” marched outside the Virginia home of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, with one participant saying that “the fact that [Barrett is] an adoptive mother is influencing her inability to see what it’s like to carry a pregnancy to term,” despite the justice having birthed five biological children.

Pro-abortion leftists also surrounded the Virginia residence of Justice Samuel Alito on Monday, as well as the Maryland homes of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts over the past weekend.

In response to the intimidation tactics, Youngkin, along with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, in which the Republican governors called upon the Department of Justice to prosecute demonstrators for violating federal law.

“While we are willing to assist in the event the need for increased security measures becomes imminent, federal law enforcement entities must take the lead and provide sustained resources to protect the Justices and ensure these residential areas are secure in the weeks and months ahead,” the letter reads. “Today, we together ask that the Department of Justice through the respective United States Attorneys’ offices provide appropriate resources to safeguard the Justices and enforce the law as it is written.”

In the letter, Youngkin and Hogan cite 18 U.S. Code § 1507, which explicitly states that “[w]hoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”

In addition, Youngkin has also requested that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors order the county’s police department to “establish an expanded security perimeter” around the justices’ homes.

While such rhetoric may seem meaningful, Youngkin, along with Miyares, is simultaneously refusing to enforce Virginia state law that would hold demonstrators accountable for their illegal actions. As detailed in § 18.2-419 of the Virginia Code, “Any person who shall engage in picketing before or about the residence or dwelling place of any individual, or who shall assemble with another person or persons in a manner which disrupts or threatens to disrupt any individual’s right to tranquility in his home, shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor,” which constitutes as “a fine of not more than $500.”

When asked if Miyares intends to pursue charges against violators under the statute, a representative for the attorney general told The Federalist that “[u]nder Virginia law, local Commonwealth’s Attorneys are responsible for prosecuting violations of [the] statute.”

“Attorney General Miyares urges every Commonwealth’s Attorney to put their personal politics aside and enforce the law,” said spokeswoman Victoria LaCivita.

Throughout the 2021 Virginia election cycle and beyond, Miyares has routinely cast himself as a “law and order” figure willing to be tough on crime. In a December op-ed for the Washington Examiner, for instance, Miyares pledged that if Virginians’ local prosecutor wouldn’t enforce the law, he would.

“When an elected commonwealth’s attorney publicly states that he will not prosecute a crime, citizens should have a backup plan to ensure that victims get their day in court,” he wrote.

LaCivita did not respond to The Federalist’s follow-up inquiry as to whether Miyares would take legal action if the local Commonwealth’s Attorney refuses to hold violators of the statute accountable.

When similarly pressed on the lack of action from Youngkin on enforcement of § 18.2-419, Youngkin told The Federalist that the statute is “barely more punitive than a parking ticket.”

“The federal statute is absolutely clear that parading and picketing in order to influence a justice is punishable with up to a year in prison,” he said in reference to 18 U.S. Code § 1507. “This is a time where local law enforcement, state law enforcement, and federal law enforcement need to collaborate and come together in order to make sure that we are upholding the law and keeping people safe.”


Shawn Fleetwood is an intern at The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood

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Watch Live: Pro-Abortion Leftists Descend on Justice Samuel Alito’s Home

Watch Live: Pro-Abortion Leftists Descend on Justice Samuel Alito’s Home

Pro-abortion radicals are protesting outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in Northern Virginia on Monday evening.

Leftwing activist group Shut Down DC organized the event and will have both speakers and a candlelight vigil “at the foot of his driveway.”

The protest is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

Alito was reportedly moved to an undisclosed location this weekend as a precaution for his safety.

Protests have erupted across the nation this past week following the leak of a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, which Alito authored.

While most demonstrations have consisted of pro-abortion activists this past week, pro-life activists have also been present, including showing their support for Alito outside his home on Friday.

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Nolte: Protests of Roe’s End Were Pitiful Compared to Backlash over Trump’s Election, George Floyd

Nolte: Protests of Roe’s End Were Pitiful Compared to Backlash over Trump’s Election, George Floyd

Roe v. Wade is about to be overturned, and no one’s taking it to the streets.

This was not the civil war the corporate media and Democrats have promised for the last 50 years.

Oh, I know a few hundred yahoos descended on the homes of a few Supreme Court justices, an out-and-out felony encouraged by this lawless and deranged White House. But a few hundred yahoos will come out and protest anything. If Chipotle raised the price of guacamole, you could get that many yahoos out. This isn’t guacamole. This is the left’s sacrament of abortion. This is the third rail of third rails. This is civil war time. This is — Hey, where the hell is everyone?

Last week, I wrote about the lack of protests in the wake of a majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade being leaked out of the Supreme Court — a leak that will hopefully prove true. Five days had passed without any widespread protests when I wrote that piece. But those were five weekdays. So, knowing the weekend was coming and with plenty of time to organize, I closed the piece with this…

Undoubtedly, we’ll see some protests over the weekend, maybe even big ones, but it’s too late to convince me those protests are organic, are anything but the usual-usual organized AstroTurf.

“Undoubtedly” is the word I used. Why? Because there was no doubt in my mind that we would see the streets of Deep Blue Cities filled with angry, pro-infanticide freaks on Saturday and Sunday.

You have to understand that for as long as I’ve been following politics, abortion has been The Issue Of All Issues. Even back in the days when the corporate media still pretended to be unbiased and down the middle, there was none of that phony objectivity when it came to abortion. The media have always been lunatics about abortion. For decades we’ve literally been told that if there’s a second civil war, it will be over abortion.

Okay, where is it?

We may yet get massive protests, but as far as I’m concerned, the jig is up.

This is what I mean…

On November 9, 2016, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton and became the 45th president of the United States. That very same night, the streets were filled with hysterical leftists.

Hundreds of anti-Donald Trump protestors march through the street on 6th Avenue on their way to Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Drew Angerer/Getty)

Hundreds of anti-Donald Trump protestors march through the street on 6th Avenue on their way to Trump Tower, November 9, 2016, in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Drew Angerer/Getty)

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer. Protests and riots broke out across the country the very next day.

Forget about your personal opinions of those protests and protesters. That’s not the point. The point is that in a matter of hours, IT WAS ON. The left exploded. The streets were full. The outrage, anger …  the need to get out there and protest could not be contained.

Well, here we sit, one full week and one full weekend after the leak, and it’s only a handful of yahoos?

Despite the corporate media doing its best to spin the leak as coming from someone on the right, does anyone honestly believe that? Come on. Think. First off, a right-leaning leaker would not go to a far-left site like  Politico. Secondly, only an idiot would believe the leak would “cement” the Court’s decision to overturn Roe, which is the absurd spin coming from corrupt media loons like NPR’s Nina Totenberg. Anyone who cares anything about truth and logic knows this leak almost certainly came from someone hoping the widespread freak-out that followed would intimidate one of the Justices into backing off and saving the moral and legal obscenity that is Roe.

And I’ll tell you what … that was a good bet, a safe bet. … Of course, a leak showing Roe overturned will result in millions taking it to the streets. Of course, it will…! How could it not? Millions of women will be outraged over the loss of their BodilyHealthcareAutonomyChooseRights!

Okay, but I’ll ask again: Where the hell are they?

No matter what happens in the future, there is just no question that the organic, grassroots outrage is not there, not even among the left.

A civil war over abortion?

Just more fake news.

If anything, the Supreme Court is looking at this deafening silence and feeling pretty confident that the time has come to overturn Roe.

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Radical Abortion Activists Gather Outside Supreme Court Justices’ Homes

Radical Abortion Activists Gather Outside Supreme Court Justices’ Homes

A group of radical pro-abortion activists gathered outside the homes of multiple U.S. Supreme Court Justices on Saturday to protest the Court’s expected decision to repeal Roe v. Wade.

According to a draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito leaked to the media on Monday, the Court is poised to overturn the landmark abortion rights case.

Protesters have taken drastic measures, like blocking church entrances and now showing up on the doorsteps of Supreme Court Justices’ homes.

Protesters marched in front of Chief Justice John Roberts’ home and reportedly chanted, “Keep abortion safe and legal.” Other chants included, “Pro-life is a lie, you don’t care if people die.”

Protesters also drew images of hangers in chalk on the street in front of Roberts’ home.

The group shouted outside of Roberts’ home that “The whole world is watching.”

The protesters also made a stop at Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home, which was reportedly orchestrated by one of Kavanaugh’s neighbors.

The pro-abortion radicals reportedly chanted, “No uterus, no opinion,” outside Kavanaugh’s home.

These pro-abortion activists are seemingly enabled by President Joe Biden’s White House, which refused to condemn protests outside of the Justices’s homes.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that peaceful protests are “not extreme” and “there’s a long history in the United States” of protests.

Psaki reportedly said she does not “have an official U.S. government position on where people protest.”

“We obviously want people’s privacy to be respected. We want people to protest peacefully if they want to protest. That is certainly what the president’s view would be,” Psaki said.

Saturday’s protests outside of Roberts’ and Kavanaugh’s homes are not the only ones scheduled to happen. The organization Shutdown DC plans on Monday to protest outside of Justice Alito’s home.

Another group, Ruth Sent Us, plans to protest outside the homes of all six conservative Justices, including Justice Neil Gorsuch, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and Justice Clarence Thomas.

“At the homes of the six extremist justices, three in Virginia and three in Maryland. If you’d like to join or lead a peaceful protest, let us know,” the organization’s website reads.

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Rev. Franklin Graham Calls on Christians to Pack Churches as Pro-Abortion Radicals Plan Protests

Rev. Franklin Graham Calls on Christians to Pack Churches as Pro-Abortion Radicals Plan Protests

Rev. Franklin Graham is calling on Christians to pack their local churches Sunday as pro-abortion radicals plan church protests over the leaked Supreme Court draft decision indicating Roe v. Wade could be overturned.

“The Left is calling for protestors to show up at churches this Sunday—Mother’s Day—to protest the Supreme Court’s vote on Roe v. Wade,” Graham wrote in a Facebook post. “My response was, GREAT—BRING IT ON!”

He called on Christians to attend their churches “in greater numbers than ever before—to celebrate and thank God for our mothers, and to celebrate LIFE,” adding that these “protesters are promoting death, not life.” 

“And if protesters show up at churches, I hope they will find the churches packed out, and I hope the church will encourage them to stay and listen to the message—maybe they will hear something that will change their lives,” Graham concluded. 

His message comes as pro-abortion radicals intend to protest the leaked majority draft decision of the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization at churches across the country. 

Breitbart News reported Friday: 

Ruth Sent Us, a radical-left organization, has sent out a notice over social media of sadistic protests occurring at unknown church locations throughout metropolitan cities.

“Whether you’re a ‘Catholic for Choice,’ ex-Catholic, of other or no faith, recognize that six extremist Catholics set out to overturn Roe. Stand at or in a local Catholic Church Sun May 8,” the radical group tweeted on May 3.

Protests on Sunday are a part of a so-called “week of action.” Ruth Sent Us has also published the justices’ supposed home addresses online for the radical protestors to locate and therefore intimidate the justices.

On Friday, Brian Burch, president of the national catholic advocacy organization CatholicVote, slammed the left’s plans as an attempt at harassment and intimidation while also calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to enforce the law and protect churches, as Breitbart News reported.

“The aggressive rage exhibited by pro-abortion advocates over the past week, and the plans of anti-Catholic zealots to disrupt Catholic masses around the country this weekend, is a vile attempt to harass, threaten, and intimidate,” Burch said. “It is religious bigotry of the worst kind.”

He continued:

“Yet these threats to the safety of Catholic pastors and parishioners have been met with a stunning silence from our Catholic President.,” Burch said. “Silence is not an option. President Biden must make clear that the targeting of Catholic churches is indefensible and against the law.”

“Further, Attorney General Merrick Garland must make clear that acting on these plans would constitute a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act and will be punished to the full extent of the law. Furthermore, the Attorney General has an obligation to alert every U.S. Attorney across the country and remind them of the law and their duty to enforce it,” Burch said.

“No religious believer in America should fear for their safety while attending church this Sunday, or any day,” Burch said. “We once again call on all responsible leaders in Washington to condemn and stop these dangerous threats before they result in violence.”

Earlier this week, Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Boulder, Colorado was targeted by vandals who spray-painted its front door and busted in its windows, Breitbart News reported. The perpetrators tagged the building with “my body, my choice” and “keep your religion off our bodies.”

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Pro-Abortion Radicals to Terrorize Churches on Mother’s Day 

Pro-Abortion Radicals to Terrorize Churches on Mother’s Day 

Pro-abortion radicals plan to terrorize Catholic churches on Mother’s Day after a Supreme Court leak revealed Roe v. Wade may be overturned.

Ruth Sent Us, a radical-left organization, has sent out a notice over social media of sadistic protests occurring at unknown church locations throughout metropolitan cities.

“Whether you’re a ‘Catholic for Choice,’ ex-Catholic, of other or no faith, recognize that six extremist Catholics set out to overturn Roe. Stand at or in a local Catholic Church Sun May 8,” the radical group tweeted on May 3.

Protests on Sunday are a part of a so-called “week of action.” Ruth Sent Us has also published the justices’ supposed home addresses online for the radical protestors to locate and therefore intimidate the justices.

“Rise up May 8-15 and beyond… At the homes of the six extremist justices, three in Virginia and three in Maryland,” its website says. “Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights,” the group’s website said. “We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.”

The group’s reference to Ruth in its name appears to be a reference to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was a strong defender of the legal right to abort babies. But this group’s use of her name is ironic because Ginsburg was very cordial and friendly with fellow conservative justices, including her best friend, Justice Antonin Scalia. Ginsburg also criticized Roe as a bad decision, despite agreeing with its conclusion.

A second group is also planning activities during the “week of action.” Beginning on May 8, radical protestors are planning to protest outside Catholic churches. The second group’s name is Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, which is planning to wear green “Handmaid’s Tale” outfits in protest to compare pro-life laws to the rape and motherhood in Margaret Atwood’s novel.

“This action is called for by a collective of spanish [sic] speaking women’s rights groups + activists across the country, including from Bride’s March, Dominican Women’s Development Center, Ni Una Menus, and Las 17,” according to Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights’ schedule. “Several cities will be hosting protests outside of prominent churches in their towns, these can look like a group of people holding signs wearing Handmaids Tale outfits, passing out flyers outside to church goers or doing a die-in.”

Since the Supreme Court leak, violent attacks have gained traction against the pro-life community. On Thursday, Antifa reportedly attacked a pregnancy center in Portland and allegedly wrote “Fuck CPCs” (Crisis Pregnancy Center) and “bashed the windows” of the facility.

On Wednesday, a church in Denver, Colorado was vandalized “with smashed windows and spray-painted pro-abortion messages,” the Washington Times reported. The vandals reportedly desecrated the church with far-left slogans of “my body, my choice” and “keep your religion off our bodies.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday resisted condemning protestors from going to the justice’s homes to protest because they “feel outraged” and “scared.”

“I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people protest,” she said.

The left’s political violence follows the 2020 destruction by “social justice” protestors that cost the nation $1 billion to $2 billion, Axios reported. The violence produced the greatest social unrest cost in the nation’s history.

Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter and Gettr @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.

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Left-Wing Group Bribes Abortion Radicals With Stipends For Participating In Intimidation Protests At Justices’ Homes

Left-Wing Group Bribes Abortion Radicals With Stipends For Participating In Intimidation Protests At Justices’ Homes

A left-wing group is gathering abortion activists to march at Supreme Court justices’ homes next week, with stipends available for some protesters who participate in the Roe v. Wade crusade.

Beginning on Sunday, the group organized under the moniker “Ruth Sent Us” will embark on a week-long demonstration, with plans to protest outside the homes of the six conservative Supreme Court justices, whose alleged addresses have been published on the group’s website.

“Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights. We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics,” reads the group’s website, advertising monetary compensation for recruits. “Are you a muralist or chalk artist? Are you a graphic designer who would like to contribute remotely? Large-scale art will be included in the protests against the Supreme Court. Stipends available.”

The protests come on the heels of a leaked February draft ruling in which five out of six conservative judges concurred, with the majority draft opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito to overturn Roe v. Wade. Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch each reportedly joined the opinion, with Chief Justice John Roberts remaining undecided.

The leaked opinion only offers a snapshot in time of the justices’ thinking, however, with members of the bench still able to change their minds before the final ruling is published this summer. Roberts’ home remains a target for protesters who aim to intimidate justices into safeguarding the nearly 50-year-old precedent ensuring abortion access.

The leaked opinion, apparently intended to foment public unrest in support of the 1973 landmark case, has already successfully galvanized abortion advocates who staged protests at the Supreme Court this week and in New York City. In Los Angeles, demonstrations quickly turned into violence reminiscent of 2020 when protesters clashed with police. Law enforcement erected non-scalable fencing around the Supreme Court building ahead of more protests.

Demonstrators with “Ruth Sent Us” appear to be coordinating with several allied activist groups including Code Pink, Kavanaugh Off Our Court, and Black Lives Matter. While the website advertises “peaceful protests,” the recent memories of Black Lives Matter riots terrorizing the country remain fresh in the minds of the public as communities are still rebuilding. This week’s violence in Los Angeles offers little comfort.

Harassment of conservative policymakers at their private homes has become an increasingly popular tactic among left-wing activists, who demonstrated at Kavanaugh’s home in September over anxieties related to Roe v. Wade. Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley and Fox News prime-time anchor Tucker Carlson have each also suffered from protesters staking out their D.C.-area residences.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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