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Ever since the video of a black-clad anarchist punching white supremacist leader Richard Spencer went viral on the day of Donald Trump's inauguration, the loosely-knit anti-fascist movement known as Antifa has gained new popularity and scrutiny in the United States.

Antifa is a fringe movement, a loose collection of organisations and ideas with no party line and no formal leadership, but their fight against the far right has found centre stage in the polarised climate of Trump's America.
"When the fascists stick their head out of the ground, and say, 'we're going to be here on this day, to march in support of our white greatness', that's gross. And that's when people organise, get together, and bash the fash," says a medic who tends to the wounded at street protests.

The first year of Trump's presidency saw an increase in hate crimes and racist violence, and Antifa has often responded to that threat with violence of their own.

The rise of violent conflict across the country "is not surprising when we have a president who openly talks about beating people up and is fanning the flames of hatred and division," says Jesse Arreguin, the mayor of Berkeley, California. His city has seen a number of clashes between Antifa and right wing activists.

Fault Lines travelled to Berkeley, Portland, and Seattle, to get a rare glimpse behind the mask of Antifa - whose activists are determined to fight the rise of white supremacist groups in the US by any means.

And while Antifa's unique brand of resistance has lent the movement new fame, their high-profile acts of political violence and controversial street tactics to counter hate crimes present strategic dilemmas for the left.

"Punching people in the face or advocating censorship or the abolition of free speech is a very dangerous road to begin to walk down," says Chris Hedges, who has written multiple essays criticising Antifa and believes that the real fight is not with fringe groups but with corporate and government forces. "It's always the left that pays."

"We have very dark, sinister, totalitarian forces that are snuffing out the last vestiges of American democracy. And we better revolt, we better respond. Carrying out these kinds of street confrontations, plays right into the hands of these centres of power," says Hedges.

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I am torn between Chris hedges and Natasha's opinion. Both seem right in their own ways. Violence will not be helpful for the LEFT - We need to be outspoken and confronting but violence has to be the VERY VERY last
Thanks Al Jazeera for this wonderful presentation....

Author — amrit bansal


When I look into the eyes of Antifa I see only hate or damaged people seeking vengeance .

Author — Arfabiscuit


Antifa, the anti-fascists that use fascist ideology and act like fascists to stop fascists that don't act like fascists.

Author — Leah Hunter


Antifa are just Cucks who hate free speech

Author — Wjdjdjhdjsjz Jdjjx


They are literally the American face of ISIS

Author — #trollingtrolls


These people want to tear down the system that allows them to gather/protest and tolerates their rioting, intolerance, and militarism. I don’t want any part of these people vision of a free country.

Author — Andrew Swango


If Antifa behaved like this in any non-Western nation they’d have been put down long ago. By firing squad, torture, whatever they do in non-Western nations.

Author — Penguin Queen


back to gaming guys.. this is clearly not working out.

Author — jimbuur


This video does promote a terror group. It makes Antifa look so reasonable and thwy are not.

Author — Go Gan


She Defended her husband by shooting that communist glad no one died

Author — Chris Cisneros


many basements where empty during these protest

Author — RUSS BOTT


yes, they have found the best of the strategies, punching people they don't agree with because they know their views are wrong

Author — Synthex will eat you


“that’s gross”

That says it all. That’s the level of their intellectual maturity.



Antifas are silly cowards they just want attention they need it in prison

Author — TRUMP 2016!!!!!;!


There not fighting Nazi's but anyone with a different view, Patriot's don't mean white supremacists that's BS

Author — PIB ThoughtCriminal


Antifa is the closest the world has to real Nazi's these days. What they really want is totalitarian government.

Author — John Edwards


If you're gonna go around "punching adams apples" at random because you disagree with them, do expect to get shot... Amazing they act surprised when using violence to incite violence results in violence.

Author — kylefer


Antifia is just a anti america they depend on there feelings and push facts away. They are the real nazis.

Author — J Wimbish


2:46 probably the smartest thing said in this doc

Author — Synthex will eat you


It's funny how antifa and Isis have the same look and tactics.

Author — Miles Christi