(StraightNews.org) – A former Black Lives Matter (BLM) activist has had a change of heart and now supports Donald Trump and the January 6 demonstrators. Mark Fisher, who led BLM in Rhode Island, stepped down from his role and expressed solidarity with the controversial right-wing group Proud Boys, and also referred to convicted January 6 rioters as “political prisoners.”
Mr. Fisher said January 6 convicts are treated as badly as black Americans have been treated in the past, and they are in prison to send a message that political dissent will not be tolerated in the United States. “This is what the government does to those who express independent thought and want to stand up for what they believe,” he said.
Fisher also lashed out at the mainstream media and said it actively takes sides in cultural, social, and political debates. He furthermore argued that BLM was not solely responsible for the summer riots of 2020 and that much of the damage was caused by far-left anarchist organizations such as Antifa.
The summer of 2020 was marred by violence in America, the UK, and elsewhere as protests against apparent police brutality in the US spread worldwide. The spark was the death in police custody of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. When news of the death became public, left-wing groups, including BLM and Antifa, defaced monuments, set fire to buildings, and even cordoned off a part of Seattle as an “autonomous zone.”
Police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to a 22-year prison term in June 2021. The jury was told that Chauvin had held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, and this led to his death. He was convicted of second-degree murder and violating Floyd’s civil rights. “This historic sentence brings the Floyd family and our nation one step closer to healing by delivering closure and accountability,” the prosecutor said.
The police officer did not apologize to the court or Mr. Floyd’s family but offered condolences for their loss.
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