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Antifa: Trump to designate group that fights against racism and white supremacism as terrorist

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 31, 2020
The United States will be designating left movement Antifa as a terrorist organization, President Donald Trump announced.
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Trump made the announcement on Twitter Sunday following tweets that accused the movement of perpetrating violence during protests over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn.

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"The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."

“Congratulations to our National Guard for the great job they did immediately upon arriving in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night,” Trump wrote.

Some Antifa groups date the origins of their movement to fights against European fascists in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Anti-Fascist Handbook, says the modern American Antifa movement began in the 1980s with a group called Anti-Racist Action. Its members confronted neo-Nazi skinheads at punk gigs in the American Midwest and elsewhere.

Neo-Nazis, Neo-fascism, white supremacists and racism, and these days the movement that encapsulates some of those ideas: the alt-right.

Antifa look to disrupt alt-right events and far-right speakers. They use a variety of tactics to do this.

Antifa groups also use more traditional forms of community organising like rallies and protest marches. The most extreme factions will carry weapons like pepper spray, knives, bricks and chains and they don’t rule out violence.

Antifa have been directly and sometimes physically confronting the far right on the streets and, in some cases, they have been successful in postponing, cutting short or cancelling rallies and speeches up and down America.


 

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