Skip to comments.Portland antifa ‘martyr’ mourned by many urged terrorist attacks, writings reveal
Posted on 02/01/2020 6:59:40 PM PST by NoLibZone
Last October, a well-known Portland antifa militant was killed under mysterious circumstances after leaving a pub popular with far-left extremists. Sean Daniel Kealiher, 23, was killed near the Cider Riot pub after being hit by a car that had been fired upon with live rounds. His friends dragged his body away and did not call the police.
Kealihers death immediately rippled throughout Portland and beyond, leading both the far-left and even establishment Democrat leaders to mourn publicly. A GoFundMe for his funeral raised thousands. And while he was lionized in the press as a murdered anti-fascist activist and even called a martyr by some, an investigation by The Post Millennial can reveal that newly uncovered evidence show he was far more radical than previously reported. In a series of discovered writings, Kealiher urged fellow comrades to commit violent terrorist acts and led training sessions to radicalize other youth.
Before his death, Kealiher was known in the militant anarchist community as Armeanio Lewis, one of the many names he also used online. His radical activism goes back to when he was around 13 or 14 during the Occupy Portland demonstrations in 2011. As a minor, Kealiher was filmed being arrested on numerous occasions. The details of juvenile cases are not available to the public.
As previously reported by The Post Millennial, Kealiher was filmed in recent years fighting at left-wing protests and threatening journalists who had cameras at public demonstrations. On numerous occasions, he was also seen travelling with members of the Red and Anarchist Skinheads, or RASH, a violent gang-like group known for brawling with right-wingers at riots. It is unknown if Kealiher was a member of the group. But aside from his known street militantism, The Post Millennial can now report that he also authored extreme literature calling for terrorist acts against schools, law enforcement and the public.
An excerpt from a September 2014 zine by Kealiher titled, Why Break Windows reads: From the simple smashing of windows to the placement of a bomb or the robbing of the bank, our actions are heard and felt rather than ignored and treated as everyday life.
The zine continues: The attack is the most beautiful moment an anarchist can undertake. Feeling the adrenaline of rushing to a window with a rock in hand, or the moments before striking a cop with your fist. Planting the bomb, pulling the trigger, shouting f the police!
In 2015, an 18-year-old Kealiher tried to stop a police officer from investigating an incident of suspected domestic violence, according to a report by Portland Police. The officer notes that Kealiher physically obstructed the investigation, cursed at him and resisted arrest. The officer says the domestic abuse suspect likely used the distraction to flee. Kealiher was found guilty for interfering with a police officer and sentenced to 15 days in jail.
Two weeks after his death, Kealihers extremist zine romanticizing violent extremism was distributed at a memorial potluck in downtown Portland attended by his mother. Several masked individuals acted as security.
Beyond that tract, Kealiher would go on to author more pieces urging explicit terrorist attacks. On his blog, the Lumpen Prole Distro, he uses the pseudonym Armeanio Lewis and suggests that his writings may have inspired real-world attacks in Portland.
Shortly after the publishing of this essay, 15 [Aramak] Trucks, the company that supplies school lunches and prison lunches, were sabotaged, reads the new preface in a November 2014 update to Kealihers Manifesto Against Schools. The 12-page document continues: Shortly after that, an entire condo complex was burned to the ground. This fire was the biggest fire seen in Portland, and everything was torched.
In August 2013, a 46-unit building under construction in northeast Portland was destroyed in a large fire. The flames spread to surrounding apartment buildings, leading to emergency evacuations of residents and further damage. The heat was so intense on the block that cars parked nearby appeared melted, according to media reports. Though the fires were among the largest in the citys history, causing around $6m worth of damage, nobody was injured. An investigation by authorities determined the fire was started through an arson attack. The Federal Bureau of Investigation offered a $5,000 cash reward for information at the time. The incident is listed by the Department of Homeland Security as an instance of far-left domestic terrorism.
Beyond the manifestos preface, Kealiher explicitly called for others to engage in violent attacks. Its time to get off your knees, unclasp your begging hands and pick a weapon, because those on the other side have already done so, it reads. The other side references current society. My side, hopefully our side, has so many weapons to choose from. Be it the power of a pen, the strength of a rock, or the power of a gun.
The manifesto continues: You can craft your own destruction. Be it burning down a school, smashing a banks window There is so much to destroy, and so much for you to choose.
Elsewhere on the blog, Kealiher expressed unapologetic support for killing law enforcement and destroying buildings with fires. Most of the blogs essays were written between 201415, when Kealiher was 18 and 19 years old.
He also made efforts to export his ideas into real-world training sessions. In December 2013, a 17-year-old Kealiher organized a training event with the intention of introducing minors to extremist anarchist ideas, according to the flyer for the event. He spoke at The Red and Black Cafe, a now-defunct left-wing Portland cafe, using the pseudonym John Cracklemore.
Kealihers extreme views were also published on various social media platforms. On Reddit, using a different pseudonym, he recounted a time where he says he trained high school students to fight police officers.
Kealihers extremism may have eventually landed him under the investigation of federal authorities, however.
In January 2017, Kealiher posted on Facebook that two DHS agents showed up to his mothers house to try and speak with him. The details of that alleged investigation are unknown. DHS did not respond to The Post Millennials request for comment. His mother, Laura Kealiher, declined to comment for the story.
More than three months have passed since Kealihers death but Portland Police have not released any new details in their investigation. What is known is that Kealiher was struck by a vehicle following an argument outside the Cider Riot pub. The attorney for Hyatt Eshelman, who was with Kealiher at the time of the incident, says Eshelman pulled out a handgun and fired at the SUV. The vehicle crashed outside the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon, where the driver and passengers fled on foot.
A vagrant who witnessed part of the incident says Eshelman, 26, and another man dragged Kealihers body away, leaving a bloody trail. Emergency responders were never called to the scene by those involved. Eshelman has not spoken publicly about the incident himself but his far-left activism is documented. In November 2016, he was arrested at a violent antifa riot in Portland against Trumps election win. He was charged with one count of failing to obey a police officer, but the charge was subsequently dismissed. He is also a member of the Rum Rebellion, a radical anarchist punk band.
Online, various antifa activists and groups instructed their comrades to scrub their messages with Kealiher and to not cooperate with police in their investigation. Kealihers mother has also come out publicly to demand that nobody associated with her son speak to the media.
While his history of extremism online was known only to his comrades, his violent actions offline were well-documented through law enforcement and the press. Despite this, local mainstream Democrat politicians joined various antifa activists to publicly mourn his death. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler tweeted: This is alarming and heartbreaking. Our deepest sympathies go out to family and friends of the victim.
And on the Sunday night following his death, Kealihers comrades responded by vandalizing the Democratic Party of Oregon building with antifa propaganda and spray paint. The graffiti messages encouraged others to kill law enforcement, among other things.
Brad Martin, the executive director for the Democratic Party of Oregon, downplayed the graffiti and expressed support for the vandals at the time. He told KATU: We know that [pain] expresses itself in a lot of ways, including the graffiti on the building and we understand that. Its just paint.
But for Sean Kealiher, vandalism was never just paint.
In the final paragraph of his Manifesto Against Schools, it reads: We all die anyway, and we will be miserable somehow and somewhere, so why sit by when you can burn? Why sit in your room, dreading going to school? You need not have to, especially when you can BLOW IT UP OR BURN IT DOWN.
A true hero to the left.
Forget it, Jake. It’s Portland.
That’s why they’re called “useful idiots”.
Sounds like a young man any girl would be proud to bring home....
I don’t think ANTIFA gets as much credit for it’s terroristic goals as it deserves.
Something big will happen, and then the officials will say, “We just never knew!”
A second grader understands these dynamics on the playground.
I have a family member that thinks ANTIFA isn’t anything more than a legit activist group.
Why did he hate the schools... didn’t they help to make him who he was?
What did his parents teach him? Did he have ANY positive role models?
We’ll eventually see something akin to the Baader-Meinhof Gang.
Well eventually see something akin to the Baader-Meinhof Gang.
Haven’t we already seen that. Didn’t Bill Ayers (Obuma’s Buddy) bomb a building as part of the Weather Underground.
Now we have Antifa, and BLM.
All are part of the radical socialists, but wear different masks.
A true, homicidal psychopath. He must have died from in-fighting inside the radical left. Why else would his friends drag his body off and not tell police?
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Wonder what that was about.
This reminds me of an old lawyer joke, but it’s better with these evil thugs:
Q: “What do you call a dead Antifa terrorist?”
A: “A good start!”
txnativegop suggests that this is infighting within the leftist group. It does look that way, especially as all his friends have been told not to speak to the media and to erase messages.
But the low-key police response is also surprising. Why no progress in the investigation, and a description of the suspects? Was that car they were driving their own car? If so, who are they? Or, if it was stolen, from where?
Is this a case of police agents within Antifa? Was the dead man, himself, an agent? Anything is possible.
an undercover would make himself sound like the most extreme person just to gain entry. Sheesh it might like the radical groups in ‘60’s where almost the entire were FBI agents or their snitches. LOL
Why did he advocate burning down schools when they are teaching his views?
Ho-hum, Just Berniebro Bolsheviki blackshirts going after ‘moderate’ Menshiviki for now.
See my tag line.
I don’t know the details of the organization.
I wouldn’t be surprised if ANTIFA is very close to matching that model.
Do not underestimate the power of Tingles for Bad Boys.
(”He’s *so* misunderstood and tragically heroic. All he NEEDS is a good woman’s love— like *mine*!”)
Antifa should be shot on sight. If they come around here, they will be.
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