Following the anti-police demonstrators in Upper Manhattan in November 2019 that led to multiple arrests, antifa on Friday morning, Jan. 31, called for a day of action in New York City against law enforcement and transit fares.
The antifa-linked Twitter account Decolonize This Place tweeted videos and images of action being taken on Friday morning.
Earlier, on Tuesday, the account tweeted ,“The streets are ours. The trains our ours. The walls are ours. This moment is ours,” calling for action on Friday.
A website connected to the protest said the protests would peak at 5 p.m. local time at Grand Central Station, warning those who come to the location “ready for things to pop off.”
Giving the reason for the action, the group said they protested due to the “outrage on the streets has been the ongoing brutalization and harassment of black and brown people on the trains,” criticizing MTA and calling the presence of police in the subways “a declaration of war against our communities.”
“This is a long-term pattern that has only intensified as the MTA has ramped up its ‘broken windows’ policing approach, deployed against fare-jumping and other ‘quality of life’ crimes. These policies are related in turn to the MTA’s vote to add an additional 500 police to the subways this year to the tune of $250 million.”
The Police Benevolent Association of New York City tweeted on Thursday, warning residents about the protest.
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The New York Police Department said in a statement that it was “aware of the demonstration and will have an adequate police presence in place,” according to Fox News.