We will declare Antifa as a terrorist organization

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2020

"In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized, and driven by far-left extremist groups and anarchic groups using Antifa-like tactics". It was back in 2017 when they first gained real attention in Portland, Oregon when they clashed with white supremacists at the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally.

The group campaigns against homophobic, racist and fascist actions and views.

A man looks on as a bank burns after a protest over the death of George Floyd in La Mesa, California.

Anti-government and anti-capitalist Antifa members are sometimes seen as extra intently aligned with anarchists than the mainstream left, US Attorney General William Barr stated in a statement.

A protester carries an Antifascist Action flag at a rally following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Boston Massachusetts U.S

But it's unclear how big its involvement is.

While speaking at the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday (May 30), President Trump accused the group of inciting violence during the George Floyd protests.

President Trump tweeted on Sunday that "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization".

Why are we talking about antifa, again?

But despite Trump and Barr's fixation with ANTIFA, longstanding research shows that the biggest domestic threat now facing the USA, ranking even higher than foreign aggressors like the Islamic State and Al Qaeda, is white supremacy - the very ideology that ANTIFA seeks to eradicate. Those groups, which include Islamic extremist organisations and the Real Irish Republican Army, are based overseas rather than in the US.

But "there is not a domestic equivalent", said Joshua Geltzer, a former senior counterterrorism official in the Obama White House and founding executive director at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at the Georgetown University Law Centre.

There have been periodic calls, particularly after mass shootings by white supremacists, to establish a domestic terrorism law, but none has passed.

Even if antifa is not a designated terror organisation, FBI director Chris Wray has made clear that it's on the radar of federal law enforcement. She claims that it is not under the POTUS to declare any domestic group a terrorist organization.

Agency, the anarchist public relations effort, said in its statement that when "the President of the United States incites people to shoot 'looters, ' he is attempting to divide the country and encourage racist violence", and that the USA state has the "legal monopoly on violence and are responsible for the most violence perpetrated on civilians".

"Any attempt at such a designation would raise significant First Amendment concerns", added McCord, who previously served in the Trump administration.

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