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Violent attacks could go on for ‘weeks’ in response to US ruling Roe v. Wade

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Following the US Supreme Court’s decision to abolish the right to abortion, a government security agency has warned against extremists launching ‘violent attacks’.

Extremists are expected to launch violent attacks for “weeks” in response to the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling — with politicians and judges as the most likely targets, the Department of Homeland Security warned Friday.

“Some domestic violence extremists (DVEs) are likely to take advantage of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to overthrow Roe V. Wade to intensify violence against a wide variety of targets,” according to an unclassified three-page memo, obtained by CNN

“We anticipate that violence could continue for weeks after release, especially as DVEs can be mobilized to respond to changes in state laws and abortion ballots resulting from the decision.”

The memo from the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis added, “Federal and state government officials — including judges — and facilities are likely to be most at risk for violence.”

It quoted an online post from the militant pro-choice network “Jane’s Revenge” calling for a “night of anger” over the court’s decision and telling its followers: “We need the state to bear our full wrath feel” and, “We need them to be afraid of us.”

DHS also noted the arrest earlier this month of a California man accused of murdering U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, allegedly “in response” to the May 2 release of a leaked draft of the majority opinion. of Friday.

In addition, public demonstrations and rallies are “likely to be attractive targets for a range of DVEs to perpetrate violence against ideological opponents,” and “violence could escalate” against abortion clinics and anti-abortion “maternity centers,” as well as their staffers, according to the DHS.

The memo cited building arson attacks linked to both types of operations in New York, Oregon, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Washington.

“Jane’s Revenge” — believed to be inspired by a 1970s group of abortion providers calling themselves “The Jane Collective” — claimed responsibility for three incidents, prompting a “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist” online appeal for retaliation against abortion clinics, according to the memo.

The DHS also said it was “aware of at least 11 cases of vandalism threatening violence against religious institutions perceived as opponents of abortion, and of one threat to ‘bomb’ a New York church.” and ‘set fire’.

“These incidents of vandalism against faith-based organizations may point to future targets of DVE attacks,” the memo said.

Law enforcement officers in Phoenix, Arizona used tear gas to disperse a sizeable group of protesters outside the state Senate building following the U.S. Supreme Court decision.

“Protesters threatened to break glass at AZ Senate entrance,” Arizona State Republican Senator Wendy Rogers tweeted as members voted on a series of bills.

The situation escalated into a “hostage” situation when politicians were told not to leave the building, Arizona State Senator Kelly Townsend said.

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and is reproduced here with permission

Originally published as Violent attacks could go on for ‘weeks’ in response to US Roe v. Wade ruling

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