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Buffalo massacre: They point the finger at racial hatred and investigate a manifesto that makes an unusual reference to Argentina

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the community of Buffalo is still shocked by the murder which happened at a local supermarket on Saturday, where an 18-year-old shooter killed ten people with an assault rifle while streaming the whole thing live on Twitch. She had planned everything, every step, every movement. researchers point to racial hatred as the motive for the attack, while trying to confirm the authenticity of a manifesto circulating on social networks, which would have been written by the murderer.

The text is a pamphlet loaded with messages of hatred, anti-Semitism, racism, conspiracy theories, memes and even an unusual mention of Argentina. It also contains a sketch of the scene of the slaughter, as well as a step-by-step planning of the execution, from the start of the live broadcast to the weapons chosen.

Police sources have investigated the veracity of the text, although they preferred not yet to confirm whether it was the authorship of the shooter. What they were able to tell AP is that they are working with the parents of the detained boy, identified as Payton S. Gendron, who surrendered to authorities after the attack.


Ten people died in the attack on a supermarket in Buffalo, in the United States, they point the finger to an attack by racial hatred. Photo: Reuters.

In the manifesto, the author had planned that he would surrender in the event of an encirclement.

So far, the preliminary investigation has determined that Gendron I’ve seen white supremacist websites and racist conspiracy theoriesand had researched the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand in 2019 and the massacre in Norway in 2011, the source said.

Moreover, it turned out that the young man had already threatened to massacre at school, for which he was taken to psychological treatment, according to sources in the case reported to the AP agency.

A text full of hate

The alleged Buffalo shooter’s manifesto began circulating on social media shortly after the massacre. is about a text of 180 sheets charged with anti-Semitism and racismwhere the author tries to justify the attacks based on an alleged advance against the “white population”, relying on the conspiracy theory known as “The Great Replacement”.

Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron arrested by police.  (Erie County District Attorney Photo/via REUTERS)

Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron arrested by police. (Erie County District Attorney Photo/via REUTERS)

He argues that Western society is under attack from the low “white” birth rate, which is also overtaken by the high “immigrant” birth rate, which — according to the author — they will replace them in the next few years. This is a very popular point of view among far-right forums American and even in some mass media.

Proponents of this theory also support the dangerous theory that it is part of a scheme orchestrated by a ruling elite, made up of bankers and Jewish communities, who fund a “leftist” agenda to eradicate white populations.

In the midst of this delirium, the author of the manifesto gives as an example on several occasions the Argentina, since it considers itself to be “a white country”, a fact that is not compatible with the multicultural reality of the nation. Already on the first page it indicates that this is the only “white” place in the West where the birth rate exceeds the 2.06 births necessary for this race not to lose the predominance of “migrants”.

A fragment of the Buffalo shooter's purported manifesto, where he mentions Argentina as

A fragment of the alleged Buffalo shooter’s manifesto, where he mentions Argentina as “a white country”

According to these data, whose source is Wikipedia, the country has an index of 2.24. Throughout the manifesto, the author draws on a series of alternative sources and dubious data to support building a story which, he claims, motivated him to carry out the massacre.

“Have been undergo an invasion on a level never seen in history. Millions of people crossing our borders, legally. Invited by the state and companies to replace the whites who have failed to reproduce, ”explains the terrorist.

In his rationale, races “biologically belong” where they were “made to be”. “Whites don’t belong in Nigeria for the same reason blacks don’t belong in England,” she said. Even here, he makes a conspiracy pirouette, considering that Argentina is one of the few exceptions, along with Uruguay, Australia or the United States, where the territory “now belongs to the whites”.

The author considers it to be “a war” and “a genocide to the descendants of Europeans”, which takes place all over the world. He further states that he “wasn’t born a racist”, but rather “became a racist after meeting ‘The truth’“.

The plan of the supermarket that included the author of the manifesto.

The plan of the supermarket that included the author of the manifesto.

He also adds that he became aware of these postulates in the 4chan forums, during the months of the pandemic. The text has many similarities to the manifesto produced by Brenton Harrison Tarrant, author of the Christchurch mosque massacre in New Zealand in 2019. Even the author of the text mentions it as “one of his inspirations”.

Throughout the 180 pages, the author publishes an enormous number of antisemitic memes, a “questions and answers” section on the motivations for the massacre and a detailed map of the supermarket where the shooting took place, with a step-by-step of what his attack would be, which he planned to end in a black area of ​​the neighborhood.

Also the list of weapons used and a call to action for others to “follow their task”.

how was the attack

Gendron, who lives in the Conklin area of ​​New York, drove over 300 miles to Buffalo to attack the supermarket Top market friendly. For the investigators, this is a clear sign of the racist nuance that the aggressor wanted to give him, since the premises were located in an area where African-American communities predominate.

Pain at the site of the attack.  (Photo Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

Pain at the site of the attack. (Photo Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

Dressed in a bulletproof vest and a helmet, Gendron was equipped with an assault rifle on which he had the names of other shooters who inspired him. Descend started shooting accurately at people of African descent. He entered the supermarket and continued the massacre. She knew where to go.

Among those killed was Aaron Salter, a retired police officer and security guard, who shot Gendron multiple times, Buffalo Police Chief Joseph Gramaglia said. A bullet hit the attacker’s armor, but did not penetrate it. Gendron then killed Salter, before shooting the other victims.

Also deceased was Ruth Whitfield, 86, the mother of retired Buffalo Fire Chief Garnell Whitfield, who in a statement to the Buffalo News praised her mother as “a mother of orphans”. She was “a blessing to all,” he added.

Another victim was Katherine Massey, who had gone to the store to shop, according to the newspaper.

Erie County Sheriff John Garcia specifically called the shooting a hate crime. “It was pure evil,” added Garcia. Twitch said in a statement that it ended Gendron’s stream “less than two minutes after the violence began.”

Gendron, confronted by police in the store lobby, put the gun to his neck, but officers convinced him to drop it. He was charged later Saturday with murder and appeared before a judge in paper overalls.

A crowd gathered to mourn those killed in the shooting (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A crowd gathered to mourn those killed in the shooting (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The authorities believe that Gendron investigated the demographic makeup of the area around the supermarket Tops Friendly Market and was looking for communities with large African American populations, the source said.

Yvonne Woodard, a resident of Buffalo, broke down outside the AP agency. “It’s too much. I try to pull myself together but I can’t. You can’t even go quietly to a store, it’s madness,” she said.

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