Anarchists rampaged through Philadelphia Monday night leaving a path of destruction in their wake. According to police, as many as 50 people caused at least $100,000 in damage which included shattered windows and car windshields, spray-painted structures and sidewalks, and security cameras torn off of buildings.
The vandalism occurred in Kensington, targeted high-end cars and buildings, and is believed to have been perpetrated by members of an anarchist group called the “Summer of Rage.” Vandals spray-painted anarchist symbols on property and posted a sign that read, “Gentrification is death. Revolt is life.”
— Trang Do (@TrangDoCBS3) May 2, 2017
Geoffrey Suchocki, 45, and Patricia Monahan, 28, were arrested and charged with causing and risking a catastrophe, criminal mischief, criminal conspiracy and related offenses.
Police reported that Suchocki’s backpack contained “a black scarf, a mask, a device used for shattering windows [and] a mission statement on how to disrupt capitalism.”
Their summer of rage is going to turn into a summer of bloodshed if they intend to destroy private property and burn people’s homes. pic.twitter.com/aoSHA3SqW4
— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) May 5, 2017
Amberlynn Kabana, a manager of a building that was damaged, told NBC10 she viewed the vandalism that focused on several properties owned by developers in Kensington as “very intentional, very well aimed.”
“When you have 50 people coming down a block and their intention is to cause harm, their intention is to cause a message,” Kabana said. “When they emptied their pockets there were dangerous weapons. They were caught with hammers. They were caught with very intimidating objects and their intention is to instill fear.”
An investigation is underway to determine whether the same group of anarchists were responsible for a fire that occurred around 4 a.m. in the Point Breeze neighborhood. The efforts of 75 firefighters were required to extinguish the blaze.
Neighbor gave me this vid of fire @ 20th&Wharton in Point Breeze. 2 homes under construction destroyed 📹 Ryan Brown pic.twitter.com/3w8cqFLoM6
— Trang Do (@TrangDoCBS3) May 1, 2017
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms reported that arson was the cause of the fire that destroyed four upscale row houses, and is offering a $10,000 reward for information regarding the crime.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the property’s developer, Ori Feibush, has been criticized for bringing gentrification to the area. Anonymously posted fliers were seen around the neighborhood in April, imploring people to “fight back” against Feibush’s company and asserting that the developer was “displacing the black and brown people in the Point Breeze and surrounding communities.”
In an interview with public radio, Feibush said he believed that the arsonists were “upwardly mobile white folks who grew up outside of the city” and who “believe that their way to promote their political persuasion is to stomp their feet and break things.”
H/T: Heat Street
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