Local artist Chris Rogers painted a cool mural of Beto O’Rourke in an alley between East 2nd and Cesar Chavez. So naturally a group of Maoists vandalized it.
Photo courtesy of AustinPolitics.NET reader Martin Russell, who was on a bike adventure Monday morning with his grandson.
I don’t think most of the press that has covered the story can quite wrap their heads around the folks responsible for the vandalism. Notably, the two local articles –– one by Spectrum and one by KVUE –– didn’t notice or mention the hammer & sickle that appears on Beto’s left hand.
Rogers tells KVUE that somebody has taken credit for the vandalism, but that person is not identified in the article. But it likely has something to do with the small contingent of anoynmous malcontents who call themselves the Red Guards of Austin, a self-described “Marxist-Leninist-Maoist collective.”
The same self-proclaimed revolutionaries have also hijacked Defend Our Hoodz, turning a group begun by a longtime East Austin activist to raise concerns about gentrification into another beyond-parody advocate for communist revolution. It’s a shame the whole thing isn’t a joke, because the lengthy treatises on the Red Guards’ and Defend Our Hoodz websites’ that detail their grievances against various class enemies, including the Austin DSA, the Austin Creative Alliance, and, above all else, the Blue Cat Cafe, would otherwise make excellent satire of early-20th century Soviet propaganda. Here’s the Red Guards explaining putting severed pigs heads outside of a DSA meeting:
Militants placing pigs heads outside of DSA events is but an act of protest, exposing them for the pigs they are and treating them as such. To play victim after their track record of anti-people activity is just in their nature. The contradiction between revolutionaries and the DSA is the contradiction between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. It is an antagonistic contradiction, and we will not mistake it for anything less. Pigs’ heads are expressed politics. We exist to undertake politics by other means against the bourgeoisie of this country.
Rogers, the artist, is planning on fixing the mural on Tuesday between 4-8 p.m. and is asking people to come out and help.