What the “manifesto” says against “Hispanic invaders” attributed to the Walmart massacre suspect.
Shortly before Patrick Crusius sneaked into an El Paso store to shoot at the crowd, a bewildering document appeared on the controversial 8chan platform.
The site, a haven of freedom for white supremacists, soon erased its contents, but minutes later, Crusius began his rush: he began firing at the hundreds of people who, according to the authorities, were at the Walmart store in that moment.
In the text, which the United States media attributed to him since after the tragedy, the author assures that he would probably die that same day, but the truth is that Crusius gave himself shortly after to the police without resistance.
But before he killed at least 20 people and left another 26 wounds in which he is already considered one of the worst shootings in recent US history.
The suspect told authorities shortly thereafter, according to ABC television, that his goal was to ” kill as many Mexicans ” as possible, something that follows from the document attributed to him by the El Paso authorities this Sunday.
As a result, district attorney Jaime Esparza said police will treat the case as “domestic terrorism” and seek the death penalty for Crusius.
Earlier, authorities had explained that the document was loaded with “hate, intolerance and fanaticism” and that it could show a connection of the suspect with “hate groups.”
“We now have a manifesto of this individual that indicates to some extent a connection with a possible hate crime,” said El Paso police chief Greg Allen.
But what does the “manifesto” that has led the US authorities to consider what happened as “domestic terrorism” and a “hate crime”?
The “manifesto” begins with a statement of sympathy towards the author of the shootings in the mosques of Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 51 people died in two consecutive attacks in March.
The suspect, who allegedly followed the same pattern as the author of the attacks in New Zealand to leave a document with his ideas and justifications, says the attack was a response to what he calls a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”
Texas, like most southern states in the US, belonged to Mexico until the late 19th century.
Also, like the attacker Christchurch, he alleges a popular idea among white supremacists: that foreign people were displacing “white people” of “European origin.”
This racial theory called “the great replacement” was promoted by a French writer named Renaud Camus and argues that elites in Europe have been working to “replace” white Europeans with immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa.
Crusius’ diatribe, with four folios and 2,300 words, is titled “The Uncomfortable Truth” and not only attacks Mexicans and Hispanics, it also claims that “Jews will not take” the place of “white Americans.”
Democratic congressmen are also part of the criticism, because according to the attacker, they have a strategy to achieve a permanent majority to accommodate the growing Hispanic population.
He also blames the politicians of both parties for the “rot in the United States from the inside out,” while lamenting that “the huge Hispanic population in Texas” would return to the state “a Democratic stronghold.”
In his anti-immigration speech, he also repeats another common idea among the supremacists: that immigrants are taking jobs from the “natives” and that freeing themselves from them can make life better in the United States.
“If we can get rid of enough of them, then our way of life can be more sustainable,” he says.
In one of the tensest moments of the manifesto, the attacker enters into meticulous details about the pros and cons of the AK-47 and AR-15 weapons, their ammunition, the bullet design and the “penetration” they would have on the bodies of His victims
The suspicion also tries to take responsibility for Trump’s speeches about immigrants and ensures that his position precedes the current president’s government.
“My opinions about automation, immigration and others precede Trump and his campaign for president,” he says.
However, like the president, he attacks the media for spreading “fake news.”
“The media are famous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will probably confirm it,” he wrote.
A Twitter account with the name of the suspect contains tweets that include a hashtag “BuildTheWall” (Build the wall, the phrase of the followers of the president of the United States), a photo with guns that form the word “Trump” and Paul’s publications Joseph Watson, an extreme right youtuber who works with Alex Jones on InfoWars .
The president, who has been questioned by his adversaries for inspiring such acts with his anti-immigrant speeches, wrote on Twitter that what had happened was like an “act of cowardice.”
Although this Sunday, like many Republicans, attributed what happened to alleged mental illnesses of the attackers.
Another form of “terrorism”
As was the case during the New Zealand attack, several analysts have pointed out how the perpetrators of these shootings have gone unnoticed by governments fighting other types of “terrorist acts.”
Robert Evans, a journalist studying radicalism on the internet, wrote that the El Paso shooter’s manifesto shows how “terror” becomes part of a game and how certain platforms, such as 8chan, are used for radicalization towards supremacism White.
Gordon Corera, a BBC security correspondent, also believes that the shooting in El Paso is in line with a growing and disturbing trend of extreme right-wing violence at the international level.
“Like the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, the alleged attacker fits a particular profile: an individual who may have acted alone but visited an international online site that links to the subculture of extremism, in that others incite and encourage violent acts, “he said.
Last April, another attacker who opened fire on a synagogue in Poway, California, also posted an anti-Semitic tirade in 8chan.
According to official data, the number of Americans who have died since September 11 at the hands of such attacks is greater than those who have lost their lives in acts associated with “international terrorism.”
However, despite the security and multiple international campaigns to combat “international terrorism” carried out by the US, no agency in that country is responsible for identifying “terrorist organizations” nationwide.
There is also no criminal offense associated with this type of acts, which causes individuals considered “domestic terrorists” to be charged based on other existing laws, such as “hate crime” or violation of laws related to firearms. or criminal association.