The Antifa group is many things, but most of all they are ironic.
They claim to be anti-fascist, but the Department of Homeland Security has deemed them a “domestic terrorist” organization and they mimic the behavior of well-known fascist groups (e.g. American Nazi Group, Aryan Brotherhood, etc). They encourage group members to “build a culture of non-cooperation with law enforcement” and to use “all manner[s] of physical violence” to destroy fascism.
Here’s how the Rose City Antifa group located here in Portland, Oregon describes fascist movements on its website:
“Fascism is marked by its reliance on violence or threats of violence to impose views on others, and its propensity to create compliance through terror” [Read more here]
And there it is…a big ‘ol stinking pile of IRONY. Reports of extreme violence by this group has been well documented. For instance, according to writer Matthew Vadum at Capitalresearch.org, “On March 25, Antifa launched a counter-protest at a pro-Trump event in Philadelphia. They chanted, “Any time, any place, punch a Nazi in the face!” and forced the cancelation of the rally. Antifa hurled bricks at Trump supporters during a march in Portland, Oregon, on June 4. Police relied on tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the mob.”
The anarchist group’s decrees, mission statements, and tweets sound like something straight out of The Purge (a 2013 American dystopian horror film) more than anything else. See the tweet below from the group’s Twitter account, @It’sGoingDown
What makes this even more concerning is that the group uses a seemingly honorable idea-the abolishment of fascist groups-as a front to cause destruction, do harm against people with different views and to spread their radical views (which inspires more hate and violence).
Recently, Antifa has been using the public outcry over the recent immigration crisis as fuel for their anarchist agenda. In Portland, Oregon there has been weeks of protesting at the ICE (U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement) building, leading to its closure. Activists are protesting both the Trump administration’s policies and the enforcement of those policies by ICE. The conflict has led to arrests and has sparked a nationwide movement, #abolishICE. Don’t get me wrong, ICE isn’t a gem themselves. Some of their tactics have been borderline barbaric (read this article in the Washington Post). But as good the intention of abolishing fascism is, the way Antifa is trying to accomplish it is just fighting fire with fire, which rarely (if ever) works.
We believe there is no place in politics (no place anywhere really) for hate and violence. Neither is the answer when it comes to making positive change for the world!
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