Is this a real anarchist recruiting flyer?

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In May 2020, as protests raged in cities across the United States over the death in police custody of George Floyd in Minnesota, social media users circulated an image claiming to be a reproduction of a recruitment flyer looking for “professional anarchists”:

The flyer, which apparently offered to pay anarchists up to $200 (“funded by George Soros” and the Open Society Foundations), included an email address and phone number for the Thurston County Democrats organization. (Thuston County is in the state of Washington and includes the capital city of Olympia.)

Although the comedic nature of this image makes it largely a parody, the president of the Thurston County True Democrats took to Facebook to discredit this:

Fake and falsified images are spreading across the country that say, “Get paid to be a professional anarchist.” This misinformation displays TCD’s phone number and an incorrect TCD email/web address. THESE IMAGES ARE FALSE TO DISCREDIT DEMOCRATS. But some people believe them. TCD has received phone calls from gullible people asking for “George Soros” and other conspiratorial Trumpian nonsense.

IF YOU SEE IT, DON’T SHARE IT. DO NOT COMMENT ON THE PAGES THAT SHARE IT. If you do either, you increase its visibility on Facebook (or Twitter, Tik Tok, etc.) and inadvertently help spread false right-wing propaganda of an anti-democratic and anti-Semitic nature. You may be endangering your fellow Democrats.

HELP prevent the spread of disruptive nonsense by reporting it to Facebook as FAKE NEWS and assuring people it’s not from us. Use the 3 dots in the corner of each post, select “Find help or report a post” and report it as FAKE NEWS.

The images are Nazi-style disinformation intended to incite violence against Democrats. We condemn those who would undermine our democracy by spreading lies to our fellow citizens. Reject the lies and embrace reality.

Share this widely. Thurston County Democrats need your help to fight fascist misinformation. Thanks.

The graphic used in this flyer image is a reproduction of an artwork called “Rage, the flower throweror “Love Is in the Air” by famous street artist known as Banksy, who appeared in 2005 on Ash Salon Street, Bethlehem, West Bank.


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