🇺🇸 This is Antifa: Behind the mask of the US anti-fascist movement | Fault Lines

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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

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many basements where empty during these protest

Author — RUSS BOTT

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“The fascist of the future will call themselves antifascist”

Author — Speedtime121

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Watching these tools train to fight is like watching Napoleon Dynamite fight Kip

Author — jaue82

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The problem with violence is it breeds more violence.

Author — David Hill

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“we love people” so i guess stopping an old lady from going across the street is love

Author — Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Btw I take issue with them hiding their faces. They want to act so self righteous but then don't even have the courage to show their faces?

Author — tosheatower

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

Author — jimbuur

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These Antifa are delusional. Its dangerous because they truly believe the lies.

Author — R.J. Greene

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U are all puppets!the real criminals pulling ur strings.

Author — Kjell Köttö

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I am living in the US for the past 25 years.
I have never met a “white suprematist”
..not once. I asked friends, colleagues and people if they know any, ..nobody - not a single one.
I am not saying that there is not a single one in the country. But they are extremely rare. Especially in Washington state let alone Seattle.
So it’s sounds like a bunch of BS.
On the other hand, I see these masked thugs terrorizing everyone else. They are terrorists.

Author — Spearomen

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Where are all of these “white supremacists?” I’m sure there are a couple, but I’ve never seen one.

Author — Ben Toal

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Imagine a building on fire. Then the fire fighters show up, but instead of using a fire hose or extinguishers, each one has a flamethrower and they attempt to take out the fire with them. That's Antifa's method of "fighting against racism and hate"

Author — Tomb Raver

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Yes they’re very violent, but don’t worry, they’re not very good at it.

Author — Billy Buckshot

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Behind the masks of an "antifascist fascist group".

Author — Nicholas Greer

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They hide their face so they don’t have to endure the consequences of their beliefs or acts. Also known as being a coward

Author — V LM

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"Masked crusader" more like a coward who sucker punches and runs. Little cowards can't fight. *also he says half full. Lies it was clearly full and more were coming*

Author — MusicMan420

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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

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

Author — Arfabiscuit

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"News" is your basic mix of propaganda. You do an excellent job...

Author — TheSynthZone