A Facebook group called Wisconsinites For Safe Mining says it has initiated a “shoot on sight” order against four female mining opponents, at least three of whom are now calling for a criminal investigation.
Emotions have been running high over the Gogebic Taconite mine in Northern Wisconsin ever since a video surfaced last week of masked protesters raiding a drill testing site and threatening workers.
“That kind of behavior doesn’t belong in the State of Wisconsin and going forward I hope it will stop,” said Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) at a stop in Watertown on Monday.
Lisa Wells doesn’t agree with Gov. Walker on much, but she does on the raid, which resulted in a felony charge of robbery with force against a 26 year-old Stevens Point woman named Katie Kloth.
“I think what they did was stupid, I think that the woman who took the phone and camera was lucky the geologist didn’t clock her one,” said Wells, referring to Kloth.
But now Wells says she is being targeted with similar threatening behavior from the other side. Wells’ name appeared on a list of mining opponents with three other women on Facebook last week.
A man named Terry Dipper listed them on the Wisconsin Reporter’s Facebook page, citing their opposition as a reason armed guards are needed at the Gogebic Taconite site.
In response to Dipper’s post, Wisconsinites For Safe Mining wrote: “We have initiated a shoot on site order for the malcontents you have listed. Trespassing on a mining site = genocide.”
And because so many of the trolls that populate Wisconsin’s right wing are too ashamed to put their actual names behind their idiotic, infantile, and threatening comments, we have this:
Someone answering messages for Wisconsinites For Safe Mining’s Facebook page told 27 News that the post was meant to be satirical, but would not reveal his/her identity.
Hiding behind the anonymity of the internet? Yep, that’s a predictable part of the right-wing troll’s repertoire.