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An injured Trump supporter holds a sign during a free speech rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California, United States of America on April 15, 2017. Emily Molli | NurPhoto

Are all Trump supporters violent white supremacists? Clearly not. But you might not know that based on some of the reporting flying around this week.

The mainstream media are oversimplifying what happened this past weekend when riots broke out in Berkeley, California, during a rally for free speech put on by Trump backers. In doing so, the reporting implies that those supporting the president were prepared for violence while those in opposition are simply opposing fascism.

Twenty-one people were arrested Sunday after fistfights broke out near Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, where a rally for free speech put on by a pro-Trump group Liberty Revival Alliance was scheduled. Rocks were thrown, and sticks and skateboards were used to beat people. Of course, the MSM reporting is slanted.

The Los Angeles Times report on the fighting, for example, takes pains to show how a member of a citizen militia group originating from Montana who came to the rally to protect Trump supporters mightve been looking for a fight. I dont mind hitting the counter-demonstrators, one man tells the Times. In fact, I would kind of enjoy it.

The paper also interviewed a woman on the Left fed up with the violence, a vendor selling organic produce, and a guy handing out empathy kisses. The message, clearly, is that those on the Right were looking for trouble and those on the Left responded.

What the Times and other outlets dont tell you is this was not simply a clash of Trump supporters and counter-protesters.

Just who are the groups involved?

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As some in the mainstream media tell it, on the one hand you have racist white nationalists in support of Trump. This is true. Alt-Right activists such as Nathan Damigo who founded the white supremacist organization Identity Europa can be seen delivering a vicious right-hook to a woman (who, in turn, was assaulting him). But by no means was every Trump backer at this rally for free speech a violent neo-Nazi.

On the other hand, as SFGate reported, several liberal groups were there to counter protest in opposition to Trump. But these were not just milquetoast liberals there to oppose a president they dont like. Specifically, as the Los Angeles Times notes in a different piece, officials raised concerns about the militant black bloc of anti-fascist (Antifa for short) rioters. But dont take the term anti-fascist on its face, as the mainstream media is wont to do. Understand who these people actually are.

Antifa is made up of self-described anarchists radical left-wing thugs who employ violence and intimidation to advance their beliefs.

Theyve shown up previously at Berkeley to shut down a free speech event hosted by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, leaving damaged property, fires, and assault victims in their wake. They also violently disrupted a March 4 Trump event in March. But you arent hearing as much about Antifa violence as you are about the Alt-Right.

In fact, some outlets are offering outright praise for Antifa.

Ask Esquire magazine and Antifa rioters are noble, anti-racist counter demonstrators a sort of Justice League vigilante group dedicated to shutting down fascist protests.

But this is a radical movement that traces its roots back to World War II, as Mother Jones recounts in The long history of Nazi punching. They employ so-called righteous violence against what they consider to be the forces of fascism. What fascism is nowadays seems to be a subjective definition belonging to whichever particular Antifa thugs show up en force.

One might say Antifas violent tactics, employed around the world, are fascist.

Here in the contemporary U.S., waves of Antifa-driven riots are on the rise in in an effort to silence President Trump and his supporters by any means necessary. Antifa thugs show up at left-wing demonstrations to breed chaos, destruction, and bloodshed. They blend in with and are sometimes aided by the crowd, as National Reviews David French explained in the aftermath of Yiannopoulos Berkeley event in February:

What youll notice (and what youll experience, if you ever find yourself in the middle of violent left-wing protest) is that the rioters and the peaceful protesters have a symbiotic relationship. The rioters break people and destroy things, then melt back into a crowd that often quickly and purposefully closes behind them. Theyre typically cheered wildly (to be sure, some yell at them to stop) and often treated as heroes by the rest of the mob almost like theyre the SEAL Team Six of left-wing protest.

The Battle of Berkeley, as some are calling it, was a dangerous, violent, bloody mess. Instigators, Antifa and Alt-Right, should be roundly condemned.

But at the moment, the American people are only getting one side of the story from the mainstream media. The majority of the MSMs intense focus is applied to white nationalist groups, while Antifa is being cast in a heroic role opposed to the Alt-Rights violence.

The mainstream media wax poetic on the dangers of the nationalist populist Alt-Right. They ought to be wary of normalizing Antifas brand of radical Alt-Left violence.

Editors note: The title to this piece has been updated to correct a grammatical error.

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Antifa protesters dubbed the ‘Berkeley Five’ on trial today

A group of five Antifa counter-protesters will face trial today over their alleged involvement in an attack at a Trump rally last year. The group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) has dubbed them the Berkley Five and is encouraging supporters to pack the courtroom to support them. From the Daily Californian:

Dubbed the Berkeley 5 by local activist group By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN, Taylor Fuller, Scott Hedrick, Nathan Perry, Jeff Armstrong and Dustin Sawtelle are being broughtto trial on charges of attacking Trump supporter Daniel Quillinan on March 4, 2017

They came to the protest united in their opposition to Trump and the physical danger that his most loyal and violent neo-fascist supporters present to the Bay Area and particular to its black, Latina/o, Asian, Arab, and immigrant communities, said Ronald Cruz, a lawyer for the defendants, in an email.

According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the five men were arrested for beating Quillinan while paramedics were attempting to stitch up an injury:

In another case from March 4, witness testimony from police and firefighters convinced prosecutors to charge five people Nathan Perry, Jeffrey Armstrong, Dustin Santelle, Scott Hedrick and Taylor Fuller with misdemeanor counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.

As paramedics stitched up Daniel Quillinan, a right-wing demonstrator who had suffered a cut, the five defendants allegedly attacked him with kicks and punches.

BAMN put out a press release encouraging people to pack the courtroom Wednesday. In their version of events, police are part of a pro-Trump conspiracy:

In the era of Donald Trump, fascists are feeling emboldened and are attempting to grow. Courageous anti-Trump and anti-fascist protesters Taylor Fuller, Scott Hedrick, Nathan Perry, Jeff Armstrong, and Dustin Sawtelle (pictured above) are local heroes who stood up to neo-fascist attacks. But now they are being falsely charged by neo-fascists and local law enforcement to advance Trumps agenda in the direction of a police state. The old traditional slogan, cops and Klan go hand in hand applies all too well in this case.

Fill the courtroom for the trial of the Berkeley 5 to make sure the people of Oakland and the Bay Area are represented

On March 4, Quillinan violently attacked protesters and sustained injuries as a result. Now Quillinan, the Berkeley police, and the Alameda County Prosecutor are working together to target the Berkeley 5 with false charges for standing against Trump and his neo-fascist supporters.

This sounds similar to the claims made by attorneys for BAMN leader Yvette Felarca. She asked a judge to dismiss charges against her (based on a separate incident) claiming she was the victim of a political witch hunt. A judge disagreed there was any grand conspiracy involved and said the case against her could proceed.

Another Antifa member is also expected in court some time this month. Eric Clanton is the person caught on video smashing a man in the head with a metal bike lock at another Antifa rally. He has been charged with four felony counts and could face up to a decade in prison if convicted.

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Antifa | Definition of Antifa by Merriam-Webster

borrowed from German Antifa, short for antifaschistisch “anti-fascist,” in Antifaschistische Aktion (multiparty front initiated by the German Communist Party in 1932 to counter Nazism) and in other collocations

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The US has one of the highest rates of death by firearm in the developed world, according to World Health Organization data.

Our calculations based on OECD data from 2010 show that Americans are 51 times more likely to be killed by gunfire than people in the United Kingdom.

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The “Antifa” (short for “Anti-fascist action”), also known as the ARA (short for “Anti-Racist Action”) is a mob of far-leftists that seek to cause mayhem in the streets of America and Europe. Despite its name, the Antifa movement is itself a fascist and intolerant hate group, even using in its speeches direct quotations from Adolf Hitler.[1][2]

In the United States, they rose up at the University of California, Berkeley in response to Democrats losing the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. They claim that those individuals that support President Donald Trump and other conservatives are “Nazis”. In Europe, they claim that supporters of right-wing, anti-establishment figures such as Marine Le Pen in France[3][4][5] or the Alternative for Germany[6] are “fascists” and “Nazis.”

They dress in all black, wear black masks to hide their identities and attempt to disrupt rallies that are held in support of Trump. They use pepper spray on unsuspecting people, throw rocks, bricks, bottles, cement-filled soda cans, balloons filled with their own waste, punches, M-80s, march with flags and clubs, and commit vandalism and other criminal acts. They are militant, far-Left extremists that are a product of far-Left ideology, education, and funding.

The Antifa does not support the First Amendment and the freedom of speech, as seen in their illegal shutting down of scheduled conservative speakers on college campuses.[7]

Numerous liberals, such as Dartmouth professor Mark Bray, have described Antifa’s violence as a “positive” thing, casting it as necessary for a greater good “combating the far right.”[15] House Democrat minority leader Nancy Pelosi first condemned Antifa violence only in August 2017.[16][17] Tim Kaine refused to condemn Antifa.[18]

Mainstream media outlets promoted the false claim that violent left-wingers user their violence against conservatives to bring about “peace.”[19] Chuck Todd of NBC was criticized by conservatives for asking “softball” questions when interviewing Antifa sympathizers.[20]

On August 28, 2017, Tucker Carlson pointed out on his show that the Antifa is effectively the militant wing of the Democrat Party.[21]

Wikipedia editors have downplayed Antifa’s violence and far-left-wing ideology and portrayed it favorably.[22] The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled numerous mainstream conservative organizations as “hate groups” but is itself a hate group in its own right, has refused to label Antifa a hate group.[23]

The Antifa claims that its violence is necessary and legitimate to use in order to stop those who they believe to be “fascists” and “authoritarians.”[24]

Antifa groups have used violence in its anti-Trump demonstrations to the point where police in riot gear were needed, and protestors have used gas canisters and rocks.[27]

In June 2017, an Antifa website encouraged physical violence against Trump supporters, capitalists and others who hold conservative-leaning views.[28]

Since 2016, the FBI and DHS were warning local governments of Antifa violence and its increasing occurrences and labeled its activities as “domestic terrorist violence.”[29] The New Jersey State Office of Homeland Security has designated Antifa a domestic terrorist group. [30]

The Antifa was founded in 1988 in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as Toronto, Canada to counteract white supremacist groups and Neo-Nazi groups.

The organization can be traced to the united front of the Soviet Unions Communist International (Comintern) during the Third World Congress in Moscow in June and July 1921. The idea of the united front strategy was to bring together left-wing organizations in order to incite communist revolution. The Soviets believed that following Russias revolution in 1917, communism would next spread to Germany, since Germany had the second-largest communist party, the KPD (Communist Party of Germany).

It was at the Fourth World Congress of the Comintern in 1922 that the plan took shape. Moscow formed the slogan To the Masses for its united front strategy and sought to join together the various communist and workers parties of Germany under a single ideological banner that it controlled. Both the communist and fascist systems were based on collectivism and state-planned economies. Both also proposed systems wherein the individual was heavily controlled by a powerful state, and both were responsible for large-scale atrocities and genocide. In addition, the term “anti-fascism” was originally used by Stalin and the USSR prior to and during World War II as part of propaganda purposes to make the USSR seem mainstream by comparison to Nazi Germany.[31][32]

The 2016 annual report by Germanys domestic intelligence service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), notes the same point: From the viewpoint of the left-wing extremist, the label of fascism as pushed by Antifa often does not refer to actual fascism, but is merely a label assigned to capitalism.

While leftist extremists claim to be fighting fascism while launching their attacks on other groups, the report states the term fascism has a double meaning under the extreme-left ideology, indicating the fight against the capitalist system. Antifascism is a strategy, not an ideology. They argue that the capitalist state produces fascism, or at least tolerates it. Therefore, anti-fascism is directed not only against actual or supposed right-wing extremists but also always against the state and its representatives, in particular members of the security authorities.[33]

An Antifa group, “Refuse Fascism,” organized what it announced would be a series of major rallies in U.S. cities that would last until President Trump and Vice President Pence stepped down.[34] Rather than millions of people, as it intended, the protests saw very low turnout.[35][36]

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FACT CHECK: Is ‘Antifa’ Planning a Civil War?

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Law enforcement agents have announced that “antifa” is planning extended violent unrest or civil war beginning on 4 November 2017.

In August 2017, rumors began to spread on social media that anti-fascists (a name often shortened to antifa, which has become shorthand for a subset of protestors, usually clad in black and accessorized with bandannas and who are evidently unnerving bloggers and vloggers enough to be the pet topic of many an angry online rant) were planningextended unrest, riots, killing random citizens, or outright civil war beginning on 4 November 2017:

Depending on the source, antifa (always treated as though it is one homogenous, unified group) is purportedly planning extended riots, joint violence alongside Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers, or a coup of the American government.

The rumors seem to have originated from a video originallypublished on 30 August 2017 by an individual named Jordan Peltz.Peltz was widely (and incorrectly) identified as a U.S. Marshal in the video, which shows him wearing what looked like an official badge that is actually simply printed on his shirt. However, he is not actually law enforcement or military Peltz instead evidently works as some combination of bail bondsman and bounty hunter.

(Claiming to be a United States marshal is very popular among the sovereign citizen set; those involvedclaim to answer only to their interpretation of common law and maintain they are not subject to other legal conventions, including gettingdrivers licensesand payingtaxes. Local, state, and federal governments tend to disagree.)

OnInstagram, Peltz describes his work as #fugitiverecovery and #warrantservice:

Peltz published a video to clear the air on 27 September 2017 after reporter JJ MacNab, whose beat includes anti-government and sovereign citizen groups, wrote a thread on Twitter about how militia groups are being goaded into taking up arms against anti-fascists:

Peltzresponded bystating that his video, which gave an impression he was either predicting or calling for a November 2017 civil war, had been edited although he didnt specify when, by whom, or why, despite millions of views and thousands of comments, he had remained unaware it had been altered until he saw reports:

On 29 September 2017, InfoWars published an article using Peltzscivil war wording:

Antifa is planning a new round of nationwide riots on November 4 as part of a plot to start a civil war that will lead to the overthrow of the Trump administration.

Far-left militants plan to gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country in the hope of building momentum for civil unrest that leads to nothing less than domestic regime change.

Our protest must grow day after day and night after nightthousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millionsdetermined to act to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole regime be removed from power, states a call to action on the RefuseFascism website.

A longer screed posted on the Revolutionary Communist website makes it clear that Antifa is not prepared to wait for electoral change from Democrats, and will engage in a ferocious struggle, based on plans outlined in a book written by Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, which is called The Coming Civil War.

The page also cited antifa web sites, neither of which threatened violence. Oneprovided a list of Facebook events, and the otherreadin its entirety:

ON NOVEMBER 4, 2017:

We will gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country, at first many thousands declaring that this whole regime is illegitimate and that we will not stop until our single demand is met: This Nightmare Must End: the Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

Our protest must grow day after day and night after nightthousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millionsdetermined to act to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole regime be removed from power.

Our actions will reflect the values of respect for all of humanity and the world we wantin stark contrast to the hate and bigotry of the Trump/Pence fascist regime.

Our determination to persist and not back down will compel the whole world to take note. Every force and faction in the power structure would be forced to respond to our demand. The cracks and divisions among the powers already evident today will sharpen and widen. As we draw more and more people forward to stand up, all of this could lead to a situation where this illegitimate regime is removed from power.

Spread the word and organize now. Be a part of making history. Dont let it be said that you stood aside when there was still a chance to stop a regime that imperils humanity and the Earth itself. Join in taking to the streets and the public squares day after day and night after night demonstrating that In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America.

On November 4, 2017, we will stand together with conviction and courage, overcoming fear and uncertainty, to insist that: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must GO!

@AntifaChecker, a Twitter feed devoted to sniffing out phony antifa accounts, said it was not even aware of the call to action:

An articleinL.A. Weeklyreported on both the freeway protest and upcoming events:

Their placards bore letters that spelled out NOV 4 IT BEGINS. But they couldnt get enough volunteers to hold all 12 letters, so the tallest among them, the ones with the broadest wingspans, held up two letters each. The eight people werent enough to block the on-ramp, so some motorists were able to swerve around.

[Organizer and USC film professor Perry] Hoberman says the protest was conceived in part to get the word out about a Nov. 4 demonstration the group is planning. He says its being modeled on the Womens March held in January at Pershing Square and that organizers hope the action will include an encampment in a public place, la Occupy Wall Street, or at least a prolonged series of protests over several days.

At one point on Tuesday they knelt on the freeway, which organizer Michelle Xai says was to acknowledge black and Latino people who have been and continue to be murdered by police.

A video of the protest uploaded to the groups Facebook page has more than 700,000 views. Many of the 24,000-plus commenters ask for more information about Nov. 4. Plenty of others object to the groups inconveniencing motorists, and some appear to endorse running them over.

It is true that some groups linked to the antifa movement planned co-ordinated protests on 4 November 2017, but that had nothing to do with Peltzs video expressing disdain for the group in August 2017, nor did he appear to have any insider law enforcement knowledge, as he does not work as law enforcement himself.

When a wave of rumors about 4 November anti-fascist protests began, his clip became part of the claim as evidence that a federal officer warned of coming violence. In reality, a list of apparently peaceful protests were paired with an older, unrelated video to create the impression of a looming threat.Peltz himself walked the claims far back after his video brought him unwanted attention and scrutiny. There was an uptick in the rumors spread on 1 November 2017, when the groups advertised the 4 November 2017 demonstrations in theNew York Times.

[Updated] 3 November 2017: Added information about advertisements for the planned protests which appeared on 1 November 2017 in the New York Times.

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Smith IV, Jack. The Far-Right Thinks A Violent Antifa Overthrow Is Coming Nov. 4, But The Truth Is Far Stranger. Mic. 2 November 2017.

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DNC deputy chair Keith Ellison signals support for Antifa …

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was appointed deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee in February of last year. (REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry)

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, caused a stir on social media Wednesday when he posed with a book promoting the violent “Antifa” movement.

In a post on Twitter, Ellison said that he found the book “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” at a Minneapolis book shop and said it would “strike fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump.”

“Antifa,” written by former Occupy Wall Street organizer and current Dartmouth visiting scholar Mark Bray, is promoted on Amazon as “a smart and gripping investigation … of the full history of anti-fascism from its origins to the present day.” The book’s Amazon page includes complimentary reviews by The New Yorker, The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Since Trump’s election as president, Antifa activists have initiated violent clashes on college campuses and at other gatherings. The group has been accused of using coordinated violence against people they deem to espouse far-right ideology.

PELOSI ON VIOLENCE ANTIFA MEMBERS: LOCK THEM UP

In August, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., condemned what she called the “violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa” and distanced them from the Democratic Party.

“Youre not talking about the far left of the Democratic Party theyre not even Democrats,” Pelosi told the Denver Post editorial board. “A lot of them are socialists or anarchists or whatever.”

Ellison’s post drew a negative response from conservatives on Twitter. Jordan Schachtel of Conservative Review noted, “The FBI and DHS consider Antifa a domestic terrorist organization … Does the @DNC now support terrorist groups? Every Democrat in Congress should have to answer for this ON the record.”

Washington Free Beacon reporter Alex Griswold pointed out that Ellison was endorsing a book “that advocates for violence in the streets”.

However, others on Twitter responded approvingly to Ellison’s post, with one user writing, “ugh why is he not in charge of the dnc.”

Another posted, “that all Keith Ellison has to do is hold up a book with the word ANTIFA on it and it triggers millions of whiny MAGA babies into a rage means he should definitely do it more.”

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An injured Trump supporter holds a sign during a free speech rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California, United States of America on April 15, 2017. Emily Molli | NurPhoto Are all Trump supporters violent white supremacists? Clearly not. But you might not know that based on some of the reporting flying around this week. The mainstream media are oversimplifying what happened this past weekend when riots broke out in Berkeley, California, during a rally for free speech put on by Trump backers. In doing so, the reporting implies that those supporting the president were prepared for violence while those in opposition are simply opposing fascism. Twenty-one people were arrested Sunday after fistfights broke out near Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, where a rally for free speech put on by a pro-Trump group Liberty Revival Alliance was scheduled. Rocks were thrown, and sticks and skateboards were used to beat people. Of course, the MSM reporting is slanted. The Los Angeles Times report on the fighting, for example, takes pains to show how a member of a citizen militia group originating from Montana who came to the rally to protect Trump supporters mightve been looking for a fight. I dont mind hitting the counter-demonstrators, one man tells the Times. In fact, I would kind of enjoy it. The paper also interviewed a woman on the Left fed up with the violence, a vendor selling organic produce, and a guy handing out empathy kisses. The message, clearly, is that those on the Right were looking for trouble and those on the Left responded. What the Times and other outlets dont tell you is this was not simply a clash of Trump supporters and counter-protesters. Just who are the groups involved? How do we stop the mainstream media from warping the national narrative? We push back together. With the truth. Be the first to receive CRTVs free weapon against the worst the media has to offer. Introducing WTF MSM!? As some in the mainstream media tell it, on the one hand you have racist white nationalists in support of Trump. This is true. Alt-Right activists such as Nathan Damigo who founded the white supremacist organization Identity Europa can be seen delivering a vicious right-hook to a woman (who, in turn, was assaulting him). But by no means was every Trump backer at this rally for free speech a violent neo-Nazi. On the other hand, as SFGate reported, several liberal groups were there to counter protest in opposition to Trump. But these were not just milquetoast liberals there to oppose a president they dont like. Specifically, as the Los Angeles Times notes in a different piece, officials raised concerns about the militant black bloc of anti-fascist (Antifa for short) rioters. But dont take the term anti-fascist on its face, as the mainstream media is wont to do. Understand who these people actually are. Antifa is made up of self-described anarchists radical left-wing thugs who employ violence and intimidation to advance their beliefs. Theyve shown up previously at Berkeley to shut down a free speech event hosted by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, leaving damaged property, fires, and assault victims in their wake. They also violently disrupted a March 4 Trump event in March. But you arent hearing as much about Antifa violence as you are about the Alt-Right. In fact, some outlets are offering outright praise for Antifa. Ask Esquire magazine and Antifa rioters are noble, anti-racist counter demonstrators a sort of Justice League vigilante group dedicated to shutting down fascist protests. But this is a radical movement that traces its roots back to World War II, as Mother Jones recounts in The long history of Nazi punching. They employ so-called righteous violence against what they consider to be the forces of fascism. What fascism is nowadays seems to be a subjective definition belonging to whichever particular Antifa thugs show up en force. One might say Antifas violent tactics, employed around the world, are fascist. Here in the contemporary U.S., waves of Antifa-driven riots are on the rise in in an effort to silence President Trump and his supporters by any means necessary. Antifa thugs show up at left-wing demonstrations to breed chaos, destruction, and bloodshed. They blend in with and are sometimes aided by the crowd, as National Reviews David French explained in the aftermath of Yiannopoulos Berkeley event in February: What youll notice (and what youll experience, if you ever find yourself in the middle of violent left-wing protest) is that the rioters and the peaceful protesters have a symbiotic relationship. The rioters break people and destroy things, then melt back into a crowd that often quickly and purposefully closes behind them. Theyre typically cheered wildly (to be sure, some yell at them to stop) and often treated as heroes by the rest of the mob almost like theyre the SEAL Team Six of left-wing protest. The Battle of Berkeley, as some are calling it, was a dangerous, violent, bloody mess. Instigators, Antifa and Alt-Right, should be roundly condemned. But at the moment, the American people are only getting one side of the story from the mainstream media. The majority of the MSMs intense focus is applied to white nationalist groups, while Antifa is being cast in a heroic role opposed to the Alt-Rights violence. The mainstream media wax poetic on the dangers of the nationalist populist Alt-Right. They ought to be wary of normalizing Antifas brand of radical Alt-Left violence. Editors note: The title to this piece has been updated to correct a grammatical error. Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo. Send tips and hate mail to [emailprotected]

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Antifa protesters dubbed the ‘Berkeley Five’ on trial today

A group of five Antifa counter-protesters will face trial today over their alleged involvement in an attack at a Trump rally last year. The group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) has dubbed them the Berkley Five and is encouraging supporters to pack the courtroom to support them. From the Daily Californian: Dubbed the Berkeley 5 by local activist group By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN, Taylor Fuller, Scott Hedrick, Nathan Perry, Jeff Armstrong and Dustin Sawtelle are being broughtto trial on charges of attacking Trump supporter Daniel Quillinan on March 4, 2017 They came to the protest united in their opposition to Trump and the physical danger that his most loyal and violent neo-fascist supporters present to the Bay Area and particular to its black, Latina/o, Asian, Arab, and immigrant communities, said Ronald Cruz, a lawyer for the defendants, in an email. According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the five men were arrested for beating Quillinan while paramedics were attempting to stitch up an injury: In another case from March 4, witness testimony from police and firefighters convinced prosecutors to charge five people Nathan Perry, Jeffrey Armstrong, Dustin Santelle, Scott Hedrick and Taylor Fuller with misdemeanor counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. As paramedics stitched up Daniel Quillinan, a right-wing demonstrator who had suffered a cut, the five defendants allegedly attacked him with kicks and punches. BAMN put out a press release encouraging people to pack the courtroom Wednesday. In their version of events, police are part of a pro-Trump conspiracy: In the era of Donald Trump, fascists are feeling emboldened and are attempting to grow. Courageous anti-Trump and anti-fascist protesters Taylor Fuller, Scott Hedrick, Nathan Perry, Jeff Armstrong, and Dustin Sawtelle (pictured above) are local heroes who stood up to neo-fascist attacks. But now they are being falsely charged by neo-fascists and local law enforcement to advance Trumps agenda in the direction of a police state. The old traditional slogan, cops and Klan go hand in hand applies all too well in this case. Fill the courtroom for the trial of the Berkeley 5 to make sure the people of Oakland and the Bay Area are represented On March 4, Quillinan violently attacked protesters and sustained injuries as a result. Now Quillinan, the Berkeley police, and the Alameda County Prosecutor are working together to target the Berkeley 5 with false charges for standing against Trump and his neo-fascist supporters. This sounds similar to the claims made by attorneys for BAMN leader Yvette Felarca. She asked a judge to dismiss charges against her (based on a separate incident) claiming she was the victim of a political witch hunt. A judge disagreed there was any grand conspiracy involved and said the case against her could proceed. Another Antifa member is also expected in court some time this month. Eric Clanton is the person caught on video smashing a man in the head with a metal bike lock at another Antifa rally. He has been charged with four felony counts and could face up to a decade in prison if convicted.

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Antifa | Definition of Antifa by Merriam-Webster

borrowed from German Antifa, short for antifaschistisch “anti-fascist,” in Antifaschistische Aktion (multiparty front initiated by the German Communist Party in 1932 to counter Nazism) and in other collocations NEW! Time Traveler First Known Use: 1930 in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ANTIFA – Home | Facebook

… America’s unique relationship to gun ownership — enshrined as a right in its constitution — is also in the middle of an emotional and divisive debate about the meaning of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. … When it comes to gun massacres, the US is an anomaly. There are more public mass shootings in America than in any other country in the world. … The US has one of the highest rates of death by firearm in the developed world, according to World Health Organization data. Our calculations based on OECD data from 2010 show that Americans are 51 times more likely to be killed by gunfire than people in the United Kingdom.

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Antifa – Conservapedia

The “Antifa” (short for “Anti-fascist action”), also known as the ARA (short for “Anti-Racist Action”) is a mob of far-leftists that seek to cause mayhem in the streets of America and Europe. Despite its name, the Antifa movement is itself a fascist and intolerant hate group, even using in its speeches direct quotations from Adolf Hitler.[1][2] In the United States, they rose up at the University of California, Berkeley in response to Democrats losing the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. They claim that those individuals that support President Donald Trump and other conservatives are “Nazis”. In Europe, they claim that supporters of right-wing, anti-establishment figures such as Marine Le Pen in France[3][4][5] or the Alternative for Germany[6] are “fascists” and “Nazis.” They dress in all black, wear black masks to hide their identities and attempt to disrupt rallies that are held in support of Trump. They use pepper spray on unsuspecting people, throw rocks, bricks, bottles, cement-filled soda cans, balloons filled with their own waste, punches, M-80s, march with flags and clubs, and commit vandalism and other criminal acts. They are militant, far-Left extremists that are a product of far-Left ideology, education, and funding. The Antifa does not support the First Amendment and the freedom of speech, as seen in their illegal shutting down of scheduled conservative speakers on college campuses.[7] Numerous liberals, such as Dartmouth professor Mark Bray, have described Antifa’s violence as a “positive” thing, casting it as necessary for a greater good “combating the far right.”[15] House Democrat minority leader Nancy Pelosi first condemned Antifa violence only in August 2017.[16][17] Tim Kaine refused to condemn Antifa.[18] Mainstream media outlets promoted the false claim that violent left-wingers user their violence against conservatives to bring about “peace.”[19] Chuck Todd of NBC was criticized by conservatives for asking “softball” questions when interviewing Antifa sympathizers.[20] On August 28, 2017, Tucker Carlson pointed out on his show that the Antifa is effectively the militant wing of the Democrat Party.[21] Wikipedia editors have downplayed Antifa’s violence and far-left-wing ideology and portrayed it favorably.[22] The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled numerous mainstream conservative organizations as “hate groups” but is itself a hate group in its own right, has refused to label Antifa a hate group.[23] The Antifa claims that its violence is necessary and legitimate to use in order to stop those who they believe to be “fascists” and “authoritarians.”[24] Antifa groups have used violence in its anti-Trump demonstrations to the point where police in riot gear were needed, and protestors have used gas canisters and rocks.[27] In June 2017, an Antifa website encouraged physical violence against Trump supporters, capitalists and others who hold conservative-leaning views.[28] Since 2016, the FBI and DHS were warning local governments of Antifa violence and its increasing occurrences and labeled its activities as “domestic terrorist violence.”[29] The New Jersey State Office of Homeland Security has designated Antifa a domestic terrorist group. [30] The Antifa was founded in 1988 in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as Toronto, Canada to counteract white supremacist groups and Neo-Nazi groups. The organization can be traced to the united front of the Soviet Unions Communist International (Comintern) during the Third World Congress in Moscow in June and July 1921. The idea of the united front strategy was to bring together left-wing organizations in order to incite communist revolution. The Soviets believed that following Russias revolution in 1917, communism would next spread to Germany, since Germany had the second-largest communist party, the KPD (Communist Party of Germany). It was at the Fourth World Congress of the Comintern in 1922 that the plan took shape. Moscow formed the slogan To the Masses for its united front strategy and sought to join together the various communist and workers parties of Germany under a single ideological banner that it controlled. Both the communist and fascist systems were based on collectivism and state-planned economies. Both also proposed systems wherein the individual was heavily controlled by a powerful state, and both were responsible for large-scale atrocities and genocide. In addition, the term “anti-fascism” was originally used by Stalin and the USSR prior to and during World War II as part of propaganda purposes to make the USSR seem mainstream by comparison to Nazi Germany.[31][32] The 2016 annual report by Germanys domestic intelligence service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), notes the same point: From the viewpoint of the left-wing extremist, the label of fascism as pushed by Antifa often does not refer to actual fascism, but is merely a label assigned to capitalism. While leftist extremists claim to be fighting fascism while launching their attacks on other groups, the report states the term fascism has a double meaning under the extreme-left ideology, indicating the fight against the capitalist system. Antifascism is a strategy, not an ideology. They argue that the capitalist state produces fascism, or at least tolerates it. Therefore, anti-fascism is directed not only against actual or supposed right-wing extremists but also always against the state and its representatives, in particular members of the security authorities.[33] An Antifa group, “Refuse Fascism,” organized what it announced would be a series of major rallies in U.S. cities that would last until President Trump and Vice President Pence stepped down.[34] Rather than millions of people, as it intended, the protests saw very low turnout.[35][36]

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About us | NYC ANTIFA

Antifascists and Anticapitalists! Since 2010, NYC Antifa has been dedicated to research on, and action against, fascist cultural and political organizing in New York City. NYC ANTIFAnycantifa.wordpress.com General correspondence: nycantifa@riseup.net Tips: FascismWatchNYC@gmail.com Like Loading…

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Antifa | Category | Fox News

Fox News’ Bryan Llenas takes us inside an active shooter situation drill, filled with gunfire and smoke bombs. See how one small business is taking steps to prepare its employees for worst-case scenarios by hiring local law enforcement to train them on the proper techniques to survive a workplace shooting.

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FACT CHECK: Is ‘Antifa’ Planning a Civil War?

CLAIM Law enforcement agents have announced that “antifa” is planning extended violent unrest or civil war beginning on 4 November 2017. In August 2017, rumors began to spread on social media that anti-fascists (a name often shortened to antifa, which has become shorthand for a subset of protestors, usually clad in black and accessorized with bandannas and who are evidently unnerving bloggers and vloggers enough to be the pet topic of many an angry online rant) were planningextended unrest, riots, killing random citizens, or outright civil war beginning on 4 November 2017: Depending on the source, antifa (always treated as though it is one homogenous, unified group) is purportedly planning extended riots, joint violence alongside Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers, or a coup of the American government. The rumors seem to have originated from a video originallypublished on 30 August 2017 by an individual named Jordan Peltz.Peltz was widely (and incorrectly) identified as a U.S. Marshal in the video, which shows him wearing what looked like an official badge that is actually simply printed on his shirt. However, he is not actually law enforcement or military Peltz instead evidently works as some combination of bail bondsman and bounty hunter. (Claiming to be a United States marshal is very popular among the sovereign citizen set; those involvedclaim to answer only to their interpretation of common law and maintain they are not subject to other legal conventions, including gettingdrivers licensesand payingtaxes. Local, state, and federal governments tend to disagree.) OnInstagram, Peltz describes his work as #fugitiverecovery and #warrantservice: Peltz published a video to clear the air on 27 September 2017 after reporter JJ MacNab, whose beat includes anti-government and sovereign citizen groups, wrote a thread on Twitter about how militia groups are being goaded into taking up arms against anti-fascists: Peltzresponded bystating that his video, which gave an impression he was either predicting or calling for a November 2017 civil war, had been edited although he didnt specify when, by whom, or why, despite millions of views and thousands of comments, he had remained unaware it had been altered until he saw reports: On 29 September 2017, InfoWars published an article using Peltzscivil war wording: Antifa is planning a new round of nationwide riots on November 4 as part of a plot to start a civil war that will lead to the overthrow of the Trump administration. Far-left militants plan to gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country in the hope of building momentum for civil unrest that leads to nothing less than domestic regime change. Our protest must grow day after day and night after nightthousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millionsdetermined to act to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole regime be removed from power, states a call to action on the RefuseFascism website. A longer screed posted on the Revolutionary Communist website makes it clear that Antifa is not prepared to wait for electoral change from Democrats, and will engage in a ferocious struggle, based on plans outlined in a book written by Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, which is called The Coming Civil War. The page also cited antifa web sites, neither of which threatened violence. Oneprovided a list of Facebook events, and the otherreadin its entirety: ON NOVEMBER 4, 2017: We will gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country, at first many thousands declaring that this whole regime is illegitimate and that we will not stop until our single demand is met: This Nightmare Must End: the Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! Our protest must grow day after day and night after nightthousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millionsdetermined to act to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole regime be removed from power. Our actions will reflect the values of respect for all of humanity and the world we wantin stark contrast to the hate and bigotry of the Trump/Pence fascist regime. Our determination to persist and not back down will compel the whole world to take note. Every force and faction in the power structure would be forced to respond to our demand. The cracks and divisions among the powers already evident today will sharpen and widen. As we draw more and more people forward to stand up, all of this could lead to a situation where this illegitimate regime is removed from power. Spread the word and organize now. Be a part of making history. Dont let it be said that you stood aside when there was still a chance to stop a regime that imperils humanity and the Earth itself. Join in taking to the streets and the public squares day after day and night after night demonstrating that In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America. On November 4, 2017, we will stand together with conviction and courage, overcoming fear and uncertainty, to insist that: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must GO! @AntifaChecker, a Twitter feed devoted to sniffing out phony antifa accounts, said it was not even aware of the call to action: An articleinL.A. Weeklyreported on both the freeway protest and upcoming events: Their placards bore letters that spelled out NOV 4 IT BEGINS. But they couldnt get enough volunteers to hold all 12 letters, so the tallest among them, the ones with the broadest wingspans, held up two letters each. The eight people werent enough to block the on-ramp, so some motorists were able to swerve around. [Organizer and USC film professor Perry] Hoberman says the protest was conceived in part to get the word out about a Nov. 4 demonstration the group is planning. He says its being modeled on the Womens March held in January at Pershing Square and that organizers hope the action will include an encampment in a public place, la Occupy Wall Street, or at least a prolonged series of protests over several days. At one point on Tuesday they knelt on the freeway, which organizer Michelle Xai says was to acknowledge black and Latino people who have been and continue to be murdered by police. A video of the protest uploaded to the groups Facebook page has more than 700,000 views. Many of the 24,000-plus commenters ask for more information about Nov. 4. Plenty of others object to the groups inconveniencing motorists, and some appear to endorse running them over. It is true that some groups linked to the antifa movement planned co-ordinated protests on 4 November 2017, but that had nothing to do with Peltzs video expressing disdain for the group in August 2017, nor did he appear to have any insider law enforcement knowledge, as he does not work as law enforcement himself. When a wave of rumors about 4 November anti-fascist protests began, his clip became part of the claim as evidence that a federal officer warned of coming violence. In reality, a list of apparently peaceful protests were paired with an older, unrelated video to create the impression of a looming threat.Peltz himself walked the claims far back after his video brought him unwanted attention and scrutiny. There was an uptick in the rumors spread on 1 November 2017, when the groups advertised the 4 November 2017 demonstrations in theNew York Times. [Updated] 3 November 2017: Added information about advertisements for the planned protests which appeared on 1 November 2017 in the New York Times. Got a tip or a rumor? Contact us here. Smith IV, Jack. The Far-Right Thinks A Violent Antifa Overthrow Is Coming Nov. 4, But The Truth Is Far Stranger. Mic. 2 November 2017.

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DNC deputy chair Keith Ellison signals support for Antifa …

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was appointed deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee in February of last year. (REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry) Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, caused a stir on social media Wednesday when he posed with a book promoting the violent “Antifa” movement. In a post on Twitter, Ellison said that he found the book “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” at a Minneapolis book shop and said it would “strike fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump.” “Antifa,” written by former Occupy Wall Street organizer and current Dartmouth visiting scholar Mark Bray, is promoted on Amazon as “a smart and gripping investigation … of the full history of anti-fascism from its origins to the present day.” The book’s Amazon page includes complimentary reviews by The New Yorker, The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. Since Trump’s election as president, Antifa activists have initiated violent clashes on college campuses and at other gatherings. The group has been accused of using coordinated violence against people they deem to espouse far-right ideology. PELOSI ON VIOLENCE ANTIFA MEMBERS: LOCK THEM UP In August, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., condemned what she called the “violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa” and distanced them from the Democratic Party. “Youre not talking about the far left of the Democratic Party theyre not even Democrats,” Pelosi told the Denver Post editorial board. “A lot of them are socialists or anarchists or whatever.” Ellison’s post drew a negative response from conservatives on Twitter. Jordan Schachtel of Conservative Review noted, “The FBI and DHS consider Antifa a domestic terrorist organization … Does the @DNC now support terrorist groups? Every Democrat in Congress should have to answer for this ON the record.” Washington Free Beacon reporter Alex Griswold pointed out that Ellison was endorsing a book “that advocates for violence in the streets”. However, others on Twitter responded approvingly to Ellison’s post, with one user writing, “ugh why is he not in charge of the dnc.” Another posted, “that all Keith Ellison has to do is hold up a book with the word ANTIFA on it and it triggers millions of whiny MAGA babies into a rage means he should definitely do it more.”

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