Antifa

What is Antifa? Antifa is a militant (using extreme violences in support of political or social cause) political movement of autonomous, self-styled and anti-fascists groups. According to Salon “it is an organizing strategy, not a group of people”. While its membership numbers cannot be estimated accurately, the movement has grown since the election of Donald Trump; 200 groups currently exist in the US, of varying sizes and levels of engagement.

What does this movement want? They want to stop neo-Nazis and white supremacists from gaining a platform rather than to promote a specific antifa agenda.They are large socially leftist( a person with left-wing political views) and anti-capitalist. Although Antifa activist engage in mutual aid such as disaster response, they have been known for physical violence in public against the police. On the day of the removal of Robert. E. Lee’s statue. Tensions started to grow and name calling turned to shoving which turned into a skirmish. Leaving one person dead and dozens injured due to a car striking a crowd. Members have been spotted at high-profile, right-wing events across the country, including Milo Yiannopoulos’ appearance at the University of California, Berkeley in February. Milo Yiannopoulos is a political commentator, a blogger and a journalist. They also protested President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. Unlike the KKK and white supremacy,  Antifa does not support the belief of white people being superior to other races. Antifa are anti-racist, anti-sexist and anti-homophobic.

Members usually dressed in all dark clothing with hoodies covering their head with masks or bandanas to cover their identity, The movement firmly believes in anonymity(Being anonymous) and the Black Bloc tactic of full-face covering seems to be best way to obscure individual identities of protesters and provide a unified front in the form of a sea of black-clad marchers.

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