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According to the New York Times, France24, and the Oregonian, Michael Reinoehl [a German American] said “I am 100% ANTIFA all the way!” on social media. France24 adds that some of these militants think that using guns/violence against those that they judge to be extreme right is legitimate. France24 explains that the police haven’t said if Aaron Jay Danielson was carrying a firearm or any other lethal weapon, when he was murdered. Reinoehl was killed by law enforcement, who were trying to arrest him, after he is believed to have murdered Jay Danielson.
Michael Reinoehl looks so much like the founder of the original Red Front and Antifa, Ernst Thälmann, it makes one wonder. Reinoehl has a clenched fist tattoo on his neck (visible in Vice interview). One of the earliest uses of the clenched fist was by the German Red Front. When the Red Front was banned Thälmann formed Antifa. Like Antifa today, Antifa of the 1930s called anyone who didn’t follow their party line “fascists”, which stripped fascism of meaning and facilitated the rise of Hitler. Both Antifa and Hitler wanted to smash the Weimar Republic. Antifa was funded by Stalin.
A committed Stalinist, Thälmann played a major role during the political instability of the Weimar Republic, especially in its final years, when the KPD explicitly sought to overthrow the liberal democracy of the republic. Under his leadership the KPD became intimately associated with the government of the Soviet Union and the policies of Joseph Stalin, and from 1928 the party was largely controlled and funded by Stalin’s government. The KPD under Thälmann’s leadership regarded the Social Democratic Party (SPD) as its main adversary and the party adopted the position that the social democrats were “social fascists.”
Thälmann was also leader of the paramilitary Roter Frontkämpferbund (which was banned as extremist by the governing social democrats in 1929). In 1932 he established Antifaschistische Aktion or Antifa, which concentrated its attacks on the recently formed social democratic paramilitary organization Iron Front….” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Thälmann
“The Roter Frontkämpferbund (German: [ˈʁoːtɐ ˈfʁɔntˌkɛmpfɐbʊnt], “Alliance of Red Front-Fighters”), usually called Rotfrontkämpferbund, abbreviated RFB, was a German paramilitary organization affiliated with the Communist Party of Germany during the Weimar Republic (KPD). It was officially a non-partisan and legally registered association. The organisation was banned as extremist by the governing Social Democrats in 1929..
The first local branches of the RFB were established in July 1924. The group’s inaugural nationwide meeting was held in February 1925 in Berlin, where Ernst Thälmann was elected to lead the federal committee. Die Rote Front (‘The Red Front’) was the newspaper of the RFB. The greeting of “Rot Front!” (English: Red Front!) while giving a clenched fist salute gave rise to the expression Rotfront, often used among friends and foes to refer to the organization instead of its full title. The clenched fist “protecting the friend, fighting off the enemy” (German: „schützend den Freund, abwehrend den Feind“) was the symbol of the RFB, used on all its insignia, and its registered trademark since 1 March 1926. In May 1926, during a flag parade, activists used it as a sign of rallying to the movement and as an oath to defend the USSR… After World War II, former RFB members such as Erich Honecker and Erich Mielke were actively involved in the creation of the first police and military units of the German Democratic Republic (GDR; East Germany)….” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roter_Frontkämpferbund https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raised_fist
According to the New York Times, France24, and the Oregonian, Michael Reinoehl [ a German American] said “I am 100% ANTIFA all the way!” on social media. France24 adds that some of these militants think that using guns violence against those that they judge to be extreme right is legitimate. France24 explains that the police haven’t said if Aaron Jay Danielson was carrying a firearm or any other lethal weapon.
According to the NYT, Reinoehl’s “family members broke off contact … after escalating conflicts.” The Oregonian says that they have been estranged for several years and that he had debt issues and often gave “his relatives’ addresses as his own to avoid responsibility”. NYT also admits that Michael Reinoehl “was charged with resisting arrest and possession of a loaded firearm” during July 5th “protests”. They say that the case was dropped without mentioning that dropping cases seems to have been frequent due to some combination of Covid-19 prison concerns and/or laxity of local government. The Oregonian discusses the July 5th arrest and adds that there was a warrant out on him for “driving under the influence of a controlled substance, recklessly endangering another, unlawful possession of a gun and driving while suspended and uninsured,“ in early June.
Reinoehl has said on social media that he served in the Army, but the US Army told the NYT that they found no record of service. Was it the US Army or maybe a foreign army?
The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force that attempted to arrest Mr. Reinoehl included members of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Lakewood Police Department, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Department of Corrections, according to the NYT. According to the US DOJ, “When Reinoehl attempted to escape arrest and produced a firearm, he was shot and killed by law enforcement officers. “The DOJ said that “Reinoehl fled to Washington State, where he was located yesterday by members of a fugitive task force led by the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, and state and local law enforcement partners.”
“Suspect in Fatal Portland Shooting Is Killed by Officers During Arrest
By Hallie Golden, Mike Baker and Adam Goldman Published Sept. 3, 2020 Updated Sept. 4, 2020, 8:28 a.m. ET New York Times https://archive.is/HJpmg
“Tir à Portland: Michael Reinoehl tué par la police suite à l’attaque d’Aaron Danielson” 4 septembre 2020, France24 https://archive.vn/wauhu
“Man under investigation in fatal shooting after pro-Trump rally allegedly took loaded gun to earlier Portland protest” Updated Aug 31, 3:01 PM; Posted Aug 30, 7:48 PM, The Oregonian-Oregon Live https://archive.is/KaRm4
Patriot Prayer “Founder Joey Gibson Insists it is “Not a White Supremacy Group”
“In a video posted by Gibson that aimed to set the record straight about his group, he said, “I am not white. I am a person of color” See: “Patriot Prayer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know” By Caroline Burke Updated Aug 4, 2018 at 12:27pm, Heavy https://archive.is/6L0sr
Patriot Prayer rally organizer says not white supremacist, he is Japanese American: https://youtu.be/40cLKHFdRM0
Aaron Jay Danielson looks possibly mixed race Scandinavian and Japanese and/or American Indian in one picture found online.
“Facebook takes down accounts of Patriot Prayer, leader Joey Gibson” Updated 2:35 PM; Today 12:42 PM https://archive.is/h7TTE
Gibson is Japanese on his mother’s side and Irish-Scottish on father’s side.
“Patriot Prayer leader dislikes racists, but they seem to hear a whistle”
by Lilly Fowler / August 24, 2017, Crosscut https://archive.is/ksDv4
1932 Antifa conference and Thälmann pic in public domain under Germany 50 years after publication rule https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photograph_copyright_(Germany)
Attorney General William P. Barr has issued the following statement:
“Last Saturday, Aaron “Jay” Danielson was shot and killed amid the continuing violence in Portland. Local authorities subsequently obtained an arrest warrant for Michael Forest Reinoehl, a self-described Antifa member suspected of the alleged murder. Reinoehl fled to Washington State, where he was located yesterday by members of a fugitive task force led by the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, and state and local law enforcement partners. When Reinoehl attempted to escape arrest and produced a firearm, he was shot and killed by law enforcement officers.
The tracking down of Reinoehl — a dangerous fugitive, admitted Antifa member, and suspected murderer — is a significant accomplishment in the ongoing effort to restore law and order to Portland and other cities. I applaud the outstanding cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement, particularly the fugitive task force team that located Reinoehl and prevented him from escaping justice. The streets of our cities are safer with this violent agitator removed, and the actions that led to his location are an unmistakable demonstration that the United States will be governed by law, not violent mobs.”
Office of the Attorney General
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Updated September 4, 2020 “https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/statement-attorney-general-william-p-barr-tracking-down-fugitive-michael-forest-reinoehl