- Willem Van Spronsen, an Antifa member who attacked a private ICE detention facility Saturday, said the rifle he used during the attack was “unregistered” in his manifesto.
- Van Spronsen also called on his “comrades” to arm themselves in the document.
- Many left-wing extremists and extremist groups like Antifa are in favor of maintaining the right to bear arms.
The Antifa member who attacked a detention center in Tacoma, Washington, wrote a manifesto in which he calls on his “comrades” to arm themselves.
Authorities said Willem Van Spronsen, 69, was armed with a rifle and flares when he attacked the private Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility Saturday morning, attempting to set the buildings on fire but managing only to ignite a car. He died in a shootout with police, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.
Van Spronsen details the “unregistered, ‘ghost’” weapon he used Saturday in his manifesto, which is now published on Antifa’s main news website, ItsGoingDown.org. “The semi-automatic weapon I used was a cheap, home-built unregistered ‘ghost’ AR-15, it had six magazines,” he wrote.
He also wrote that he encourages “comrades and incoming comrades to arm themselves.”(RELATED: Twitter Users Defend Willem Van Spronsen After He Attacked Detention Facility, Died In Shootout With Police)
“We are now responsible for defending people from the predatory state,” his manifesto continues. “Ignore the law in arming yourself if you have the luxury, I did.”