Martin Gugino, 75, was shoved while approaching riot police in Buffalo causing him to stumble backwards and hit his head, resulting in a melt-down of intense fury on social media. Far from being an innocent old man as being portrayed by some, it turns out that Gugino is a longtime hard left agitator.
At the time of this writing, it appears that Gugino’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have been deleted. The accounts, which were researched by RAIR Foundation USA, revealed a seasoned leftist activist who had a self-described “obsession” with Cuba. Gugino has ties to radical socialist Catholic Worker Movement, which is behind the “Witness Against Torture” program, formed in 2005 to “build awareness about torture and indefinite detention, focusing on Guantanamo prisoners.”
Before deleting his account, some screenshots were archived:
As Gugino approached one of the officers before he was shoved, he appeared to be waving his phone oddly around their badges. Vlad Tepes reports that this was a deliberate attempt to scan information, also highlighted by The Last Refuge.
- CLAIM: Martin Gugino Brought ‘Camera Crew’ to Protest; Made Call after Incident with Buffalo Riot Police
- CLAIM: Martin Gugino ‘trained’ Verizon union strikers how to fall backwards
It also has been revealed that Gugino was arguing with fellow protesters before the event.
According to Heavy, the video of Gugino being shoved was “viewed more than 58 million times”.
Buffalo’s mayor, Byron Brown, called Gugino an ‘agitator’ who was ‘trying to spark up the crowd of people,’ adding, ‘He was in the area after the curfew. One of the things that happened before was conflict among protesters and there was a danger of fights breaking out, and police felt it was important to clear that scene for the safety of protesters.’ There had been violence, looting and fires, and Brown alleged that Gugino was ‘a key and major instigator of people engaging in those activities.’
On June 3, before the incident in the video, Gugino wrote on Twitter, ‘The cops should not have clubs. And should not be in riot gear. The National Guard should arrest the police.’
Buffalo Police Officers Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski were suspended without pay, prompting 57 members of the Buffalo riot squad to resign in protest. The two officers were charged with felony assault, to which they plead “not guilty.”
It is amazing how much media attention Gugino has received, but hardly any coverage has been given to the victims who were murdered during the riots this week.
UPDATE: Removed reference to Terrence Bisson.
UPDATE #2: In the wake of publication, Gugino restored his Twitter account but set it to private.