With the wave of leftist anti-Trump fervor finally reaching Texas, Austin found itself besieged by a small army of protestors outside the Capitol building this past weekend. Despite the best efforts of police and Trump supporters to maintain order, the demonstration quickly turned violent as protestors, several of whom were affiliated with communist groups, began to assault people who defended the Republican candidate and now President-Elect:
Protests against President-elect Donald Trump continued both nationwide and locally Sunday night.
About 150-200 people gathered at the Capitol to stage a “peaceful protest” and state that they would not be antagonizing the police. Trump supporters were among those in the crowd.
Protesters marched down Congress Avenue and turned toward City Hall, ending up on the South 1st Street bridge.
The march turned back toward the Capitol around 8:30 p.m.
“The Texas Department of Public Safety says it arrested 6 members of a local communist group, Red Guards Austin, for assaulting pro-Trump members in Sunday's protest.
DPS troopers arrested Jarred Roark, 34, after he allegedly assaulted an individual on South Congress and 11th Street adjacent to the State Capitol.
Roark was arrested on felony aggravated assault, resisting arrest and evading arrest.
Troopers also arrested five other suspects related to the initial incident:
Taylor Tomas Chase, 21, interference with public duty and resisting arrest
Joseph Wayne George, 36, interference with public duty
Samuel Benjamin Lauber, 21, interference with public duty and resisting arrest
Jason Peterson, 24, interference with public duty and resisting arrest
Jade Tabitha Shackelford, 19, felony assault on public servant”
Source: CBS Austin