ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Graham Evatt was one of six left-wing protesters arrested after riots broke out in Atlanta on Saturday, January 21, 2023. The six Antifa extremists were arrested after a peaceful protest turned into a “night of rage” in an Atlanta forest following the death of Manuel Esteban Paez Teran. Teran, a climate activist, was killed after police opened fire on the 26-year-old protester after he shot and killed a Georgia State Patrol soldier.
The six protesters were arrested for starting violent riots, smashing windows, setting fire to a police vehicle and vandalizing walls covered in graffiti. Five of the six arrested came from abroad to wreak havoc. According to police chief Darin Schierbaum, many demonstrators were armed with explosive devices, which they used to carry out the violence. Activists were reportedly masked and dressed all in black and threw rocks and set off firecrackers in front of a building housing the Atlanta Police Foundation, damaging three businesses.
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Schierbaum said: “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a lawyer to tell you that breaking windows or setting fires isn’t protest, it’s terrorism. They will be charged accordingly and they will find that this police agency and the partnership have an equal obligation to stop this activity.” He also said in a press conference: “We can now say at the beginning of this investigation that tonight was not about that , smashing the windows of three buildings and setting fire to a police car. The intent was to continue causing damage and that didn’t happen.”
Who is Graham Evatt?
Graham Evatt, 20, is one of six rioters and activists arrested for the riot. They are from Decatur, Georgia, and have been charged with multiple counts, including second-degree criminal damage to property, first-degree arson, domestic terrorism, encroachment on government property, and several other misdemeanors.
According to her Facebook account, Evatt is a pool lifeguard at Emory University’s Woodruff PE Center. They studied at EF International Language Campuses and attended Decatur High School. According to their Twitter bio, they use “they/they” as their pronouns.