A student at the University of Florida (UF) received an email on Tuesday from a far-right group in which they threaten to persecute her if she does not vote for the Republican candidate and current president, Donald Trump, in the US general election on November 3.
“She is scared and does not want to offer her identity,” confirmed to EFE Lisa Zayas, communication director for the Latin market at Florida Watch. This organization was the one that denounced the threatens the student from UF, a college located in the Florida city of Gainesville, in Alachua County.
According to the complaint, the mail was sent by Proud Boys, the group that Trump asked during a presidential debate to remain “prepared” for the US elections, although he later said he did not know it.
Proud Boys is one neo-fascist and supremacist organization created by Canadian journalist Gavin McInnes, founder of “Vice” magazine, who in recent years has been noted for attacks against indigenous people, people of color, Muslims and women.
“Nobody knows anything, many things can happen, it is intimidation and that’s not right, “said Zayas, who said the student” is American. “
In the email allegedly sent by Proud Boys, the screenshot of which was shared with the complaint, the sender urges the student to “change” her “party affiliation” and threatensly claims to possess several personal information of the student.
Apparently, the student is not the only one who has been threatened, he said. Florida Watch, which is defined as a progressive organization that educates citizens about aspects and policies that affect them in their daily lives.
A statement dated Tuesday by the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office indicates that it is “aware of multiple instances of voter intimidation via email”.
He adds that “we are working in conjunction with agencies at the local, state and federal level, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “.