“We have been repeatedly speaking out about the state’s repressive response to people who are exercising their First Amendment right to protest. We oppose the domestic terrorism statute that the state of Georgia passed. We are certainly outraged that something like Black Lives Matter and George Floyd protests would be referenced in the indictment. George Floyd protests occurred all over the state of Georgia and were overwhelmingly peaceful. In this indictment, it’s referenced as something that was a criminal conspiracy. I think this is another indication of a political party using its power to intimidate people and suppress legitimate dissent,” ACLU of Georgia Executive Director Andrea Young told Atlanta Daily World.
Here’s more of what we had to say in response to the indictment: