On Monday, the Red Guards of Austin, a self-proclaimed Marxist-Leninist-Maoist collective, posted an update on Facebook:
Huh. So does that mean their project concluded successfully? I was at City Hall yesterday and the scene was just as bourgeois as ever. Nobody was seemed too worried about an insurrection of the peasantry.
In all seriousness, I hear that the Red Guards were frustrated by their inability to be taken seriously. They are thus abandoning their central project to focus on their various front groups, perhaps most notably Defend Our Hoodz, the anti-gentrification group that Chris Ledesma and other radicals took over from a longtime East Austin activist. They have disrupted Planning Commission meetings and town hall meetings associated with Project Catalyst, a major development on E. Riverside. In some cases they appear to have convinced otherwise normal people to support their cause, including residents of the Ballpark Apartments, which would be demolished as part of Project Catalyst.
Then there are a few other groups that seemingly consist of the same people: Stonewall Militant Front ATX, the Revolutionary Alliance of Trans People Against Capitalism (I’m not seeing them on FB anymore) and some other identity-based groups that share the same communist memes on Facebook.