After CNN guest questions whether Atlanta riot’s property destruction counts as violence, Americans weigh in

WASHINGTON – After a fiery protest broke out in Atlanta over the weekend, most Americans in the nation’s capital who spoke with Fox News said they believe property destruction is a form of violence.

“It is violence,” Ramona said. “I believe in peaceful protesting without destroying property.”

But Ronald, a D.C. resident, disagreed.

“I don’t think property damage is violence,” he said. 

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Anti-police protests broke out in Atlanta on Saturday resulting in explosions, damaged businesses and a burnt-out police vehicle. That evening, a CNN guest suggested property destruction didn’t amount to violence.

“I would call that violence,” another man in D.C., Severin, told Fox News. “Violence doesn’t have always to be physical. Violence can be loss of income, loss of money, loss of property to where people have to rebuild.”

Michael said: “Property damage is violence. The only reason we will destroy the property is to try to lash out or rebel.”

A burned police car sits on the street following a violent protest, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Atlanta, in the wake of the death of an environmental activist killed after authorities said the 26-year-old shot

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