Antifa, the far-left militant movement that calls itself “antifascist,” has no defined organizational hierarchy or membership process. The collection of autonomous Antifa groups in mostly left-wing cities sees itself as a descendant of the European anti-Nazi movements, and generally agrees that the best way to combat ideas they find odious is not through speech or debate but by direct action and physical confrontation.
The first modern Antifa group traces its roots back to Portland, Ore., in 2007, and more than a decade later that city has proven a hotbed for many Antifa members’ preferred activities: threatening and violently assaulting journalists, declaring that all police officers should be killed or at least fired, wearing dark clothing and ski masks that sometimes obscure their artificially colored hair, and even engaging in performative clashes with right-wing groups to dull the monotony of typical suburban life.
Jeffrey Dean Garten, then-28 and of Oakland, was arrested at a violent antifa riot in Berkeley in August 2018. He was charged with carrying a banned weapon. At the riot, extremists threw explosives at police and set a car on fire. https://nypost.com/2018/08/06/berkeley-police-arrest-20-seize-dozens-of-weapons-from-alt-right-and-far-left-protesters/ … #AntifaMugshots
Antifa was present during the infamous and deadly August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. The event saw violent clashes between white supremacists, individuals protesting the removal of a Confederate statue, and left-wing groups. In a haunting moment caught on video, a neo-Nazi drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one.
President Trump quickly condemned white supremacists, while noting that not everyone protesting the statue removal was necessarily a neo-Nazi or white supremacist. However, his comments were widely misinterpreted as praising white supremacists, galvanizing Antifa and bolstering its momentum.
Following one of many clashes between Antifa and right-wing groups, Trump tweeted last year that “major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION of TERROR.’” Nevertheless, Antifa has remained one of the most visible and violent left-wing groups in the United States.
In May 2020, Trump said the U.S. would indeed designate Antifa a “terrorist organization,” after a rash of violent protests following the in-custody death of George Floyd. The move gives authorities more tools to track and prosecute criminal members of Antifa.
It remained unclear exactly who was behind the escalation of what began as peaceful protests against police over Floyd’s death, with accusations lobbed against both far-left extremists and white nationalists. The president has been forceful in pointing the finger at the former. “It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others!” Trump tweeted.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was less decisive in stating who is behind the looting, arson, and violence that has taken place. While he called rioters “Antifa-like” during an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” he said, “I think it still remains to be seen exactly how” the situation devolved from peaceful protests to something entirely different.
Amid the mayhem, the son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison tweeted that he is declaring his support for Antifa. Jeremiah Ellison, who is a member of the Minneapolis City Council, noted in the tweet that he believes “white power” terrorists are actually the ones engaging in the looting, arson and other riot activities. Democrats have made scattered claims that the Russians and outside white supremacists are leading the violence, despite contrary evidence indicating that most arrested individuals are local.
Also in late May, Twitter suspended an account claiming to belong to Antifa. The suspension came after the small account urged members to go into “white hoods” and “take what’s ours.” The account, it later emerged, was actually set up by a known white supremacist group. (Twitter and President Trump have sparred over censorship.)
Although several videographers and reporters have covered Antifa, Portland-based independent journalist Andy Ngo has perhaps most extensively documented attacks by self-described Antifa members on journalists, police officers, and even other Antifa members and left-wing supporters in recent years.
Last June, Ngo himself was attacked by Antifa while covering their confrontation with the far-right Proud Boys group, and suffered a brain injury.
“During today’s events, there were multiple assaults reported, as well as projectiles thrown at demonstrators and officers,” the police said in a statement after Ngo’s injury. “There were also reports of pepper spray and bear spray being used by people in the crowd. Officers deployed pepper spray during the incident. There were reports of individuals throwing ‘milkshakes’ with a substance mixed in that was similar to a quick-drying cement. One subject was arrested for throwing a substance during the incident.”
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Ngo told Fox News that Trump’s efforts to consider Antifa a terror group “will provide a framework for local authorities and, especially, federal authorities to start investigating this criminal cartel for the street thugs that they are.”
“In addition to the street hooliganism that we see over and over on the streets of America, this movement also has a political ideology that is agitating for a violent political revolution,’ Ngo added.
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A few weeks later, an individual who said he was associated with Antifa upgraded from cement to molotov cocktails and an AR-15, as he waged an assault on a federal immigration facility in Washington state. Willem Van Spronsen, 69, was shot dead quickly by responding authorities.
Calls for reform
Top Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, sought a federal investigation of the episode, saying Portland’s mayor and police department are incompetent and failing to adequately protect citizens’ civil rights.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., joined Cruz in advancing federal legislation to take on Antifa.
“It would give law enforcement greater tools, greater permission to use tools, in order to combat Antifa. Antifa is spreading from the West Coast, where it started, to different cities. Their intimidating tactics should be stopped where they are and not allowed to spread,” Cassidy said on “Fox & Friends.”
Local authorities, meanwhile, have shown little interest in the matter.
“We’re not going to come out and save you,” police told a journalist last week as Antifa militants chased him away with pepper spray.
Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner released a statement last year after a flareup of Antifa violence, blaming Portland Mayor Wheeler for lack of enforcement and saying the mayor must “remove the handcuffs from our officers and let them stop the violence through strong and swift enforcement action.”
In response, Wheeler distanced himself from responsibility for the police response to Antifa — and took a shot at Cruz for calling for the feds to step in.
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“I thought it was beneath a United States senator,” Wheeler told the outlet. “The truth is, I wasn’t even here. I wasn’t even in the United States. I was with my family in Ecuador on a wildlife tour.”
He added: “One of the things I would like the public to know, is there is a unified incident command center that’s engaged during these demonstrations.”
Antifa attacks people on a bus. They try to pull them out and hit them with a hammer. #PortlandProtests
Three people were arrested in early February after a demonstration in downtown Portland turned “violent” and a war memorial was vandalized.
The Portland Police Bureau said the protesters gathered to counter a demonstration outside the Multnomah County Courthouse that was abruptly canceled.
Police did not provide details about the previously planned demonstration, but Oregon Live reported it was rumored to be a Ku Klux Klan white supremacy rally at a downtown park. Counter-protesters, including members of Antifa, still showed up even though police said the original event was scrapped.
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“While the rally was being held and was peaceful, Portland Police officers stayed away,” the police bureau said. “However, some people in the group began acting in a violent, threatening manner against attendees who were legally capturing photos and videos.”
According to police, some people used metal-tipped umbrellas to “jab toward people and chase them down the street.” Other objects, such as rocks, concrete, batons, cans and food were thrown at members of the public and officers.
At least two incendiary devices, believed to be flares, were thrown into nearby traffic, police said. The event spanned nearly four hours and required a “large police response” that limited the department’s ability to respond to calls for service citywide.
Messages reading “Punch Cops,” “Kill Cops,” and “All Cops are Bastards” could be seen on the memorial in photos released by police.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said Willy Cannon, 25, was charged with a misdemeanor for abusing a memorial and a felony for criminal mischief. In addition to Cannon, the sheriff’s office said Brandon Farley, 31, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and Heaven Davis, 19, was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief.
14 Thoughts to “What is Antifa, the far-left group tied to violent protests?”
I like it that our youth are taking a stand against a corrupt govt.
If police responded in an agressive manor, violence would stop. Since the autorities will not respond, their cities will be destroyed. Therefore, I don’t care, and when those cities cease to exist there will be less garbage to burn.
Why hasn’t the National Guard taken control of these looters, rioters and antifa-terriosts?
Many articles, and a lot of hot air…but, nobody lifts a finger to stop them. They slink around with their expensive soros-paid equipment and weapons, then run like babies when a citizen (that hasn’t been blind-sided) stands up to them. ACTIONS>WORDS!
Turn the Hells Angels loose on Antifa and Antifa will be no more!
They want a violent revolution or civil war
GIVE IT TO THEM. NO MERCY NO QUARTER NO PRISONERS!! TORTURE THEM TO GET INFORMATION AND INTELLIGENCE. CONFISCATE ALL THEIR ASSETS. USE OVERWHELMING FIREPOWER IF ANY SORT.
AND PERMANENTLY DEPORT THEIR SYMPATHIZERS
THEY WANT DESTRUCTION THEN
LET THEM HAVE IT IN FULL
This morning I was watching Fox news and they had a woman guest who read the ANTIFA manifesto. She even said it’s on ANTIFA’s website. After she read through the manifesto I realized the world had seen a bunch of these warped minded jerks before. But then the manifesto was called Mien Kampf. And brown shirted punks took over a country and started the most deadly and destructive war in history. Their 1000 year empire only lasted 12 years.
It is past time for rounding up the thugs and ANTIFA criminals and putting them into Federal Prison for these horrible riots and assaults. All good people mourn the awful death committed by rogue cops — that is their crime not the fault of regular hard-working American people. I, other like minded citizens cannot abide that type of bias and racial targeting. And, with full knowledge of past history — we do NOT agree with the rioters and the mobs. That does not solve anything — it only hurts black and white alike.
A bounty should be placed on any Antifa member dead or alive.
This article should be reproduced and given to all Americans. This is truth and may wake the younger people up to the control effort being put out there by the leftist media, the leftist politicians, the leftist educational institutes. All of this violence and hatred is being spread with billionaire money on the left.
this group needs to shut down and spanked
AMERICANS WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK OUR AMERICA FROM THE EVIL CRIMINAL ACTS OF DEMOCRATS………………………..TO SOLVE AMERICAS PROBLEMS MAKE THIS CHOICE WE THE PEOPLE’ HAVE THE POWER OF OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES, TO VOTE OUT THE ENTIRE LYING,CORRUPT, TREASONOUS DEMOCRAT PARTY COME NOV 2020, VOTE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND TO END ALL CORRUPTIONS IN WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).
AND WE KNOW THT ANTIFA HAD BEEN SUPPORTED BY THE LEFT LIBERAL DEMS. AND THAT IS A SIGN THAT WE NEED TO GET THEM REMOVED FROM OUR COUNTRY. AND THROW THEM IN TO PRISON FOR THE TERRORIST THAT THEY ARE.!!! THIS IS NO TIME TO PLAY AROUND OR PUT OFF FOR ANOTHER DAY THEY ARE DANGEROUS TO ALL OF US. AND JUST READ WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO SPARTA IN ILL. TO BURN FARMS AND ANIMALS NOW WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU. AND THEN READ IN CALIF STUPID PEOPLE GOT ON THEIR KNEES TO THEM — THAT TURNED MY STOMACH. DAMN COWARDS.! OUR COUNTRY HAS NEVER BEEN COWARDS ITS NOT IN OUR BLOOD. WE ARE STRONG PEOPLE AND WE WILL FIGHT TO KEEP WHAT WE HAVE AND THATS OUR FREEDOM.!!!!
of group The US needs to put their foot down on this group at once. If left alone it will grown more and be harder to get rid of. This type of group is no good. Cut them up fast.
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