Anarchist college group calls for 'Law Enforcement Incineration Day'
<p class="speakable">A tweet by a radical, left-wing student group at the University of Texas that featured a photo of a police officer on fire has sparked widespread criticism for apparently advocating for violence against law enforcement. </p><p class="speakable">The tweet – sent out by the Autonomous Student Network (ASN) at UT-Austin – states “Instead of #LawEnforcementAppreciationDay how about #LawEnforcementIncinerationDay” next to a photo of <a href="http://time.com/4764079/policeman-on-fire-paris-may-day/" target="_blank">a French police officer engulfed in flames</a> after being hit by a Molotov cocktail during last year’s May Day protests.</p>
ASN-Austin describes itself as a pro-liberation, anti-capitalist “outlet for radical student activism.” “We see the state as integral to all forms of domination, as it provides a means for ruling classes to enforce their will and protect their power and enforces the ability to render individuals or entire populations disposable,” the group states on its website. “We see police as an extension of this and refuse any negotiation with the cops.” It stated: “We hope to proliferate new forms-of-life on campus that break with all systems of control. Spread Anarchy, Live Communism!” ASN did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment about the tweet.Sara Josephine Kennedy, a spokeswoman for the university, told Fox News the group is not affiliated with the UT-Austin, and if ASN is using the school's name without permission, "this is something that we will have to investigate.” The tweet drew strong criticism from law enforcment organizations across the country, who called the social media message "childish" and a "sign of disrespect for law enforcemnt." <div class="embed-media twitter"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The proper word for those who use force against others in return for a paycheck is "mercenary." There's no honor in obeying orders rather than acting according to your conscience—yet this is essential to being a cop. <a href="https://t.co/nMsyHDd1cz">https://t.co/nMsyHDd1cz</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LawEnforcementAppreciationDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LawEnforcementAppreciationDay</a> <a href="https://t.co/jPQuCKJuY9">pic.twitter.com/jPQuCKJuY9</a></p>— CrimethInc. (@crimethinc) <a href="https://twitter.com/crimethinc/status/950793751076769797?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 9, 2018</a></blockquote>