Hi. All I wanted to do was transfer a Twitter thread I made over on to MINDS. Since I was deplatformed from Twitter, I wanted to make sure my work didn't go to waste. So I did that. Yet, I knew I could flesh things out a bit more. That's how we got here.
There's a proven imbalance in reporting left-wing extremism. Christopher Mathias of HuffPost is an openly biased cheerleader for Antifa. He will never cover the Far Left in a negative light. This is my attempt to fix that. I collected as many instances of Antifa attacks and protests throughout the past three years. NOTE: I have SOME international cases added, just enough to establish that the Far Left is an international issue. I'll be adding more later.
It's worth noting that modern Antifa groups have their roots in Black Lives Matter protests and the Occupy movement. My point of focus is mostly the reaction from Donald Trump winning the 2016 election, as that's when everything intensified.
I also want to note if it was up to me, Richard Spencer would get the electric chair. I fully understand the threat of right-wing extremism. I simply take the opinion that we all don't have a proper understanding of what's going on without considering Antifa violence.
July 14th 2012: Bristol had an eventful day as (roughly) 300 EDL “Far Right” did a protest march objecting to islamification of the city. Opposing them were 500 Far Left “Antifa” counter-demonstrators partaking in a campaign they called We Are Bristol. “WE WILL NOT TOLERATE RACISM IN BRISTOL” was their message. “NOT RACIST-NOT VIOLENT-JUST NO LONGER SILENT” rebutted an EDL banner. Two EDL supporters received death threats prior to the day’s protest. Number estimates will always vary with political events. Often there are quips about which crowd size was bigger. When it comes to what some of Bristol’s townspeople think, they saw the EDL as a nuisance. Many bought into the belief their crowd were a bunch of racists. The sooner they got out of town the better.
On the other hand, the Muslim community of Bristol released a statement that made the EDL look pretty good:
In a proactive manner, the Muslim community leadership have met with the EDL to create a pathway for future dialogue. This was the first of its kind in the UK and positive assurances were given by the EDL representatives. We have also met with UAF and We are Bristol to clarify our position on the counter protest requesting them not to confuse and entice Muslim youth to join their counter protest. They have not proactively engaged with the Muslim community leadership so we are not assured on any matters whatsoever.
It cost the police £500,000 and 1000 officers to make sure these two groups stayed apart. A massive operation considering the annual Bristol Pride celebration happening simultaneously. Dogs on hand to help. Boats. Horses. Helicopters. The city needed cops from other cities to have enough manpower. Bristol erected barricades to better corral the flow of people. This was necessary because even before the day’s events began there were clashes between the Far Left and EDL. Police arrested an anti-EDL march organiser named Martin Smith. The cops had to kettle Antifa to stop the fighting.
Thankfully for the cops their job was made easier with both the Far Left and Far Right planning to keep their rallies intentionally apart from one another. This isn’t a luxury that’s usually granted with the clashes of these two factions. The Far Right marched from Redcliffe Wharf to Queen Square, while the Far Left had their thing in Castle Park. But the opposing rallies certainly weren’t at the same exact times. The We Are Bristol rally in Castle Park was much earlier in the day than the EDL’s thing. It was a Unite Against Fascism joint. A group called Unison was there too. A group called Sikhs Against The English Defence League brought a large banner. UAF leader Weyman Bennett made an appearance.
Marvin Rees spoke at the We Are Bristol rally too (Labour member who was vying for Mayor). He called for the city to be an example of peace. It comes off as naive given what the Far Left had planned. The timing allowed Antifa to position themselves at various points to intercept the right-wingers. Simon Childs of VICE tweeted: “Antifa arrested. Shouts "I'm probably going to Trinity" as he is bundled into cop van.”
On their way to Queen Square, the EDL had a police escort. It came in handy as throngs of Far Left protesters tried blocking the march’s path. Bristol Bridge being a choke point where the cops had to step in to prevent the Far Left’s disruptions. According to Childs: “Haha. Fleet footed antifa sprints past me, followed by wheezing cops failing to arrest him.”
What was the rally like? What did the EDL do here besides protesting Islam? One of their rallies wouldn’t be complete without countless England flags everywhere. People bought EDL merchandise and listened to music. Speeches were made. The Left thought the EDL were all bigots but they had a transgender speaker featured in their show. Kevin Carroll defended the army. The anti-EDL side believed the EDL people had low intelligence. “If you can read this you shouldn’t be in the EDL,” read one protester’s sign. “STAY CALM & MARCH AGAINST FASCISM” said another.
Violence broke out after the EDL’s Queen Square rally. The riot cops had to come out then. Objects were thrown. Antifa and EDL lobbed rocks at one another. It’s for such reasons that helmets are customary at these events. Bloggers complained about being blocked access but the cops disagreed. Despite all that, this was between Antifa and police as the former had tried to provoke confrontation from the EDL. A glass bottle shattered upon impact on a police van. The smell of burning trash in the air. An Antifa protester was arrested for refusing to remove their face mask. They were one of the grand total of sixteen detained overall.
“I HAVE HAD IT WITH THESE MOTHER****ING FASCISTS ON THIS MOTHER****ING ISLAND” read one of Antifa’s homemade signs.
The police didn’t slack off immediately after the rally was over. They needed to get everyone home too. The EDL needed a police escort to their buses too. The “Far Right” couldn’t leave the area without Far Leftists coming after them. With that said it seems strange for the police to describe the day as “calm.” The Antifa Twitter accounts relishing their day’s battle begs to differ. (BBC) (Bristol Post) (Guardian) (HuffPost) (Independent) (ITV) (II) (III)
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September 1st 2012: A showdown by Antifa and EDL in Walthamstow. To start, the latter went to pubs around King's Cross Station. They got a bit rowdy amongst themselves before officially kicking off things. Their adversaries monitor them every step of the way.
The anti-EDL people started their day by having a rally. Unite Against Fascism and We Are Waltham Forest put it together, taking place in the town center. The Socialist Workers Party thought it was a nice place to set up another booth.They got some people to buy into trying socialism out. Meanwhile, UAF made signs that depicted Norway killer Anders Breivik and Tommy Robinson as one in the same.
The event had speakers like the local MP, Stella Creasy. Owen Jones told the crowd that having a debate with “fascists” is off the table. Mark Campbell came on behalf of London Metropolitan University’s UCU union and his speech sheds light on the Far Left’s mindset at this time. Mark said there was a connection between things like the potential deportation of up to 3000 international students by the UK Border Authority, and the EDL: “Racist policies by the government give confidence to racist thugs on the streets. That’s why trade unionists have to stand up against racism and fascism.”
From the rally, a crowd of anti-EDL set out towards Blackhorse Road Station to oppose the EDL’s march. "Whose streets? Our streets!" they chanted as they went. How did they know where to go? Hope not Hate said they had spotters at both of the nearby stations. Twitter became a useful tool to target people like that.
A key point of the opposition’s approach was their sit-in protest at the intersection of Hoe Street and Forest Road. The EDL planned to march down that way. But now it was blocked. The police had to improvise in where they chaperoned the group. It bought Antifa time to position themselves, as the cops took everyone on a detour through the side streets of Walthamstow.
While Simon Childs of VICE typically favors Antifa in his event coverage, this time he broke his habit. Childs documented the arrest of an anti-EDL protester who came packing with a hammer and knife. "WALTHAMSTOW RESIDENTS - Punch a member of the #EDL as they wander past gurgling and groaning." read one Antifa tweet. Such cases (and arrests) put a damper on the narrative VICE was trying to spin. That it was some kind of grassroots effort with the community coming together to oppose the EDL. This is not meant to erase the interviews with locals from HuffPost and Socialist Worker. Just pointing out there was more to this day than that.
Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll had been waiting around at Town Hall for the march to show up. The Antifa sabotage was unexpected. The former made a rant about how Iraqis and Afghans didn’t serve in the military, and the latter said Antifa were the real fascists for getting in the way of the EDL’s rally.
Reportedly 400 Antifa found their way to the EDL’s planned rally location outside Walthamstow Magistrates court. UAF’s people cut off access for the marchers. It brought everything to a stop. The yellow vested cops aplenty. Riot gear too.
So you have the EDL, the cops, and a mob of Far Left all at the same place. The clash that followed was inevitable. The police kettled and isolated the anti-EDL when they could. But it didn’t last forever. A tussle happened and a barrage of objects were thrown Tommy Robinson’s way. The EDL were surrounded. Antifa pushed up against police lines, accusing them of “protecting the nazis.”
Eventually the cops got the EDL crowd out and back home. Getting the EDL to leave was a bit of a challenge. The police decided to “Section 60” (stop and search) some of them. Some of the EDL refused to allow that and got arrested.
The Far Left celebrated as if they had just won a sports game. The joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism, Weyman Bennett, was thrilled. He told the Socialist Worker: “We came, we saw, we defeated the EDL. This magnificent alliance that brought together anti-fascists, trade unionists, faith and community organisations is a model that can defeat the racists.”
“Muslims still rioting in Walthamstow, burning cars and smashing windows,” said Nick Griffin trying to pull off one last plot twist for the day. However this was just a rumor and quickly established as unsubstantiated. (HuffPost) (Metro) (Socialist Worker) (Waltham Forest Guardian) (VICE)
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April 21st 2013: The March for England in Brighton became a tradition for the area. But as the years went by it became more of a platform for the EDL and For Britain to protest Islamic culture. Given how in 2012 there were fights and arrests, the police came into this next year more prepared to deal with that sort of thing. In these early days the tone of the politics had a different vibe. The people of Brighton were simply annoyed at all the fuss and didn’t want these MfE people in their town. Especially given the liberal reputation of the area. They saw the march’s display of nationalism as racist. One even accused EDL of targeting gays. But there was more waiting in the wings than these locals who turned up.
They’re called Antifa. They hate cops. Antifa is the name given to the nebulous Far Left groups around the world who decide to take their protective zeal against the so-called “fascists” and actively go wherever needed to oppose them. Their organization(s) started in the UK back in the 1930s with the dawn of Oswald Mosley and the Battle of Cable Street. The Antifa ideological faction has been around since then in one shape or another (through Communist/Socalist outlets). Rising to the public spotlight and ebbing way back into the political background in the decades since Mosley’s time. They see any form of right-wing nationalist belief as a significant enough threat as to what Oswald’s people became. The gateway to that Far Left lifestyle is seen here in Brighton via organizations like Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and the Socialist Worker.
“SMASH THE FASH” read one tapestry hanging off a window. To Antifa today’s Brighton march was another round in their game. One that became increasingly organized on social media. The Far Left organization Hope not Hate gave a play by play of the political bloodsports. Obviously with a viewpoint bent towards their bias.
Before the 2013 rally Brighton had six years of MfL under their belts. It didn’t help that at the same time as the March for England, there was also a car show going on. It meant bad traffic for the day. Hundreds of people turned up on either side in the ‘13 year. It was estimated to be a 250 March for England vs. 1000 Antifa protester split. A 2012 estimate had 140 MfL vs. 400 Far Left, so attention had definitely grown.
Brighton’s MP Caroline Lucas joined with those opposing the EDL. This year a protest group called the English Disco League (a tongue-in-cheek parody namesake) organized the MfL’s opposition. Police demanded both groups keep peace so they had them in separate spots. The cops weren’t taking any chances. They recruited help from five other police forces. Dogs. Helmets. Horses. They even searched members of the UK press as they rolled into town. It was temporarily a place where authorities set up makeshift barricades in order to prepare for the day’s march.
These political marches boil down to walking from one place to another. Straightforward enough. The captivation to these events doesn’t come from that, obviously. Back in 2013 Twitter didn’t have video uploads either. In this case, it would’ve helped explain how one guy had blood gushing from the back of his head. Alas, all we have on hand are YouTube clips that survived since then.
To this lot it’s about the fighting. Moreover it’s about seeing how close in each other’s faces either side can get without brawling. It was never perfect. Usually, and in cases like Brighton here, the physical bouts happened via splinter groups that broke away from their main crowds. Ambushes that the cops had to correct. The anti-EDL side had a taste of the police’s infamous kettle tactic. Which is ultimately a crowd control containment situation. Sussex Police made 19 arrests on grounds of people possessing weapons, theft, public orders offences, and other criminal damage. It’s unsurprising, given there was at least one report of the Far Left throwing around furniture.
But Antifa groups won’t talk about things like that. Instead, UAF’s summary of the day was much more glamourized:
The people of Brighton won another excellent victory today as over 1,000 anti fascists came together and humiliated the racist March For England. MFE had a motley crew of ex C18, BNP and National Front, it was interesting to see ex C18 hooligans as well as ex BNP councillors, so much for the MFE 'family day out'. A ridiculous amount of money was wasted policing just 100 racists and fascists. Well done all! and great to see unity in action between the different strands of the anti fascist movement.
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September 7th 2013: The EDL lost their High Court fight to march through Tower Hamlets in east London on grounds of the potential “serious public disorder” it’d cause. But they weren’t prevented from holding a demonstration altogether. That’s what both MPs representing the Tower Hamlets borough wanted. Labour MPs Rushanara Ali and Jim Fitzpatrick asserted “this march…[poses] a serious threat to both individuals and wider Tower Hamlets community cohesion.”
The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Luftur Rahman, submitted a formal application to the Home Secretary and High Court, demanding the EDL’s march be banned. But that was rejected.
The EDL’s desire to gather in the first place was two-fold:
The first thing is that Tower Hamlets is an area that has become, some would say, subject to Sharia law and the EDL wish to highlight that fact by demonstrating in Tower Hamlets. The second point is that there are occasions when individuals in the Tower Hamlets area have been subject to assault for failing to comply with Sharia law.
Basically Tower Hamlets is home to one of Britain’s largest Muslim populations. EDL’s legal counsel Jamas Hodivala emphasized how the European Convention on Human Rights honors freedom of expression and assembly. The rebuttal by lawyer George Thomas on behalf of the Metropolitan Police was that such a march would be “unreasonably” provocative. He played into the inevitable counter-demonstration that’d pop-up to oppose the EDL. 1,000 to 2,000 people showing up like that would lead to chaos.
But the EDL march was allowed to go on. The closest official estimates indicated it was 600 “Far Right” EDL. The UK coppers formed a “security envelope” around the group to restrict the chances for violence. Some of the standouts included a supporter dressed in an England flag cape. Another chap wore crusader armor. It was limited to a few hours from midday until 3 PM. It went from Queen Elizabeth Street, through Tower Bridge, and into Aldgate. The EDL vowed to remain peaceful. A message on their website said: "We're returning to Tower Hamlets! Our reasons haven't changed and neither has our commitment to peaceful protest. Only by working with the police can we make the return to Tower Hamlets a success and get our voices heard."
This reassurance didn’t stop East London Mosque assistant executive director Shaynul Khan from saying the EDL march announcement “shot a feeling of fear” among the Muslim community.
Given the build-up, an estimated 3000 officers were deployed to the surrounding Tower Hamlets area. There was particular attention given to the borders of Tower Hamlets proper, to make sure the EDL didn’t overstep their bounds. They tried balancing preventing “serious disorder, damage to property, and the disruption to community life” with upholding the right to protest.
Unite Against Fascism organized the anti-EDL rally at Whitechapel’s Altab Ali Park (with Libcom and London Antifa helping signal boost). It was a symbolic gesture given how it was named after a 25-year-old Bangladeshi clothing worker murdered in 1978 by three teenage boys, as he was walking home from a day at work.
Lutfur Rahman participated, serving as the rally MC. His reasoning was being annoyed at having to deal with these EDL demonstrations in the first place: "We are celebrating peace and tranquillity. We are not espousing violence. The people who want to talk about violence and inflict violence and hate on others can just go back to their nests and their holes. "We are a united community and we are a diverse community. Young people are not coming out today because they are frightened."
A police helicopter stood vigilant in the skies above. Several different academic unions and student groups arrived with large banners. There was a big union presence overall. The English Disco Lovers showed up again. Sisters Against the EDL. Sikhs Against the EDL as well. That UNISON group made an appearance. It was a crowd of roughly 4000. It’s unclear for sure but the “thousands” label was thrown around. But alleging it was 7000 to 8000 people seems doubtful. A sea of signs saying “STOP THE RACIST EDL” and “SMASH THE EDL & BNP.” The Socialist Worker people had a booth. A great place for Tower Hamlets Green Party candidate for Mayor Chris Smith to do a photo-op. In part this could be because some famous faces showed up. People like Peter Tatchell and Michael Rosen.
Owen Jones got swept away in the moment, telling the crowd: “Wherever the menace of Islamophobia emerges, we must drive it back. Today this is our message to the EDL; we are one community. We will not rest until we drive this poison off the streets of this community.”
Max Levitas, a 97-year-old survivor of the 1936 Battle of Cable Street. The infamous birthplace of the Antifa movement where they went up against Oswald Mosley’s supporters. “This today is taking me back many, many years to the battle of Cable Street,” Levitas said in a speech. There were worries about some kind of “second Battle of Cable Street” as reportedly the EDL wanted to have their march end up at that historic site.
UAF was satisfied with the Tower Hamlets turnout. The organizer Stuart Curlett said “Black, white, Muslim, Jewish all came out, and we have shown the EDL what east London actually looks like, which is a multi-cultural community.” UAF’s Weyman Bennett said to the anti-EDL masses: "The EDL will never come to the streets of east London. Who stopped them? We stopped them! Let’s continue to stand together in solidarity."
Beyond having a rally, a group of Far Left and Antifa went on their own march to block the EDL’s route. “THEY SHALL NOT PASS” read the South London Antifa’s banner. They set their sights on Tower Bridge where the EDL group was to pass through. A couple hundred of the Antifa crowd got kettled near there. The black masked activists clashed with police making the Far Left’s intended PR message less glamorous. They had to bring in buses in order to arrest everyone. Even legal observers and media people got thrown into the mix. The police announcement of 150 being arrested, with a total of 14 EDL people getting arrested for public order offences, gives us an idea of how many were in this kettle.
Tommy Robinson got arrested. According to a Metropolitan Police spokesman: "A 30-year-old man was arrested for breaching section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 and inciting others to breach section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986. He has been taken to a central London police station where he currently remains."
The closest the EDL got was Aldgate station. They were within viewing distance of the protest at Altab Ali Park. Eventually the EDL left the Tower Hamlets area.The time constraints in place made them have to turn back around. The Far Left and socialists considered their day’s mission accomplished. (BBC) (II) (Channel 4) (II) (East London Advertiser) (East London Lines) (Evening Standard) (HuffPost) (II) (IB Times) (II) (Metro) (Sky News) (Socialist Worker) (The Guardian)
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April 27th 2014: Back to Brighton for another March for England event. There were reportedly 200 MfE attendees and anywhere from 400 to 500 counter-protesters (Hope not Hate claimed 1000, while Antifa claimed 2000). On paper it’s a celebration for national pride since it happens around St. George’s Day. But the past few years made it a routine battleground between the EDL and Antifa. This year it cost police £500,000 to keep the two sides apart. As usual, they showed up in large numbers stationed everywhere possible around the city. Road closures and traffic diversions came back.
The March for England crowd arrived with their flags. A pub called The Bright Helm was a point of friction between the MfE and Far Left early on in the day. The right-wingers went there to drink. Things got ugly. “To all the people smashing the fash in Brighton today give them hell ¡No pasarán!” and other tweets like that popped up.
The Stop MfE protest group used Twitter to coordinate the Far Left opposition (complete with lawyers to call). Their purpose, according to this statement: “Neo-Nazis, Friends of Golden Dawn, supporters of the swastika waving Greek fascist party, have stated they will be attending March for England. “We believe that ideologies of hate flourish when they are ignored and want the people of Brighton to show that the religious prejudice, racism and fascism of the English Defence League isn’t welcome here or anywhere.”
Brighton MP Caroline Lucas pleaded for locals to oppose the march beforehand. Her statement alongside the Brighton Trades Council said: “When groups like this come to Brighton it is because our multicultural city in all its diversity proves that their own doctrine of hate is wrong, and they want to damage our unity. [...] In Brighton we all stand together. And when someone tries to threaten our community we must stand together even more firmly.”
“March For England Here Again? Frankly This is TIRESOME Please go away” read one handmade sign. The return of the EDL meant the return of the English Disco Lovers protest group too. As always when it comes to protests, Unite Against Fascism was involved. They had plenty of “NO TO THE FASCIST MFE DON’T LET RACISTS DIVIDE US” signs handed out.
Police were proactive in forming barriers around the Antifa people this time. Their goal in part was protecting the MfE from attacks by the Far Left. It rained too. Nonetheless the marchers persisted under the watchful eye of the cops. One guy even painted an English flag on his face. One pro-Antifa reporter said the marchers threw coins at the protester crowd. At some point two of their different groups came together into one mass. The police ended up forming a wall of their manpower and van power to keep both sides divided. “NAZI SCUM OFF OUR STREETS” the Antifa people chanted. The authorities played their part of neutral arbiters: willing to take away any rabble-rousing MfE member, but also capable of using horses to shoo off the Far Left all the same.
Then came the part where the police had to get the March for England people home. The counter-protesters decided to try and stop that from happening. Wielding middle fingers, Antifa made street barriers to block the path to Brighton Station. "Who killed Mark Duggan? Police killed Mark Duggan,” the Far Left shouted at the cops. Bottles were thrown. Antifa held aloft a big “No pasarán” sign. Queens Road became a battleground. Tensions flared up a short time earlier when the MfE and locals had a taunting back and forth. But the cops got a handle on the Far Left. The power to detain people proved handy.
Sussex Police made a total of 27 arrests for various public order related offences. In their opinion the day was (relatively) peaceful given the lower turnout numbers and few injuries. Antifa largely ignored the fact they fought against the cops and patted themselves on the back for a job well done. (Channel 4) (Mirror) (ITV) (The Argus)
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January 30th 2016: By 2016 the migration debate was heating up in Britain. Dover was symbolic given how its port is close to Calais, France. At this time thousands of immigrants were gathering there after leaving Africa and the Middle East. Many of them tried entering the UK from Calais via boat or train. With that said, the Dover march was planned as a rally to support Calais truckers. There were reports that they were attacked when coming through from Dover.
At the end of January the city became a left vs. right-wing battleground. “200 Nazis with their flags outside the Priory Hotel,” tweeted Hope not Hate with a snapshot of the location. The Far Left and Far Right clashed earlier on in the day before any marching even began. At a service station on the M20 outside Maidstone, coaches carrying members of the opposing sides had unfortunately arrived together. According to Antifa protester Anindya Bhattacharyya a group called Combat 18 attacked the area. The facility had to close over the ordeal. In terms of grizzly visuals, at least one of the Far Left coaches had a swastika painted on it with someone’s blood. Six people ended up arrested over this incident alone as the vehicles were damaged.
The local police mobilized to keep order for the “far-right” march through town. By the end of the day, they ended up fighting Antifa. What did the counter-protesters believe? According to the Kent Anti-Racism Network: "We now see across Europe a climate of bigotry and hatred is on the rise - the scapegoating of migrants, attacks on the Muslim community and an increase in anti-Semitism."
Other Far Left factions in attendance included: Unite Against Fascism, Dover’s Stand Up to Racism branch, the Corby Anti-fascists, Labour/Green parties, and the Socialist Worker. Diane Abbott gave a speech to the crowd. She told the protestors: “migrants have helped build this country … we cannot let the fascists divide us!” Another speaker was South East Green MEP Keith Taylor. He told the crowd that "you can't put wire fences around the 21st century." A group called Radical Housing Network was in attendance advocating for homes for all, including migrants. Alongside them was this Lesbian and Gays Support the Migrants organization who joined together with the Momentum group to chant that the “Nazis get thrown in the sea.”
What is there to say about the Far Left’s rally aside from the direct confrontation with their political enemies? Of course there were Dover’s locals who turned up to protest racism. They saw these people throwing up Hitler salutes and wanted to oppose that. “No to the Nazis” read signs distributed by UAF. “REFUGEES WELCOME HERE” was written on signs with Socialist Worker logos on them. The socialists was happy that George Binnett from Camden Unison showed up to support the anti-EDL crowd.
In comparison, the other camp had signs clearly labeled “refugees NOT welcome.” The leftists had a harder time understanding right-wing concerns about the likes of ISIS. With reportedly 150 people on the Far Right side there were: the North West Infidels, the East Kent English Patriots, the National Front, a group called Combat 18, the Scottish Defence League, and the South East Alliance. Their side was against the migrants. In response to Diane Abbott, Martin Corner had a lot to say in that regard. "These lands belong to the white, indigenous British,” for starters. He told Abbott’s crowd to "pack your bags and go back to where you're from." Corner laid a lot of the blame on politicians. "David Cameron and the Tories prefer to let more and more of these rapists, paedophiles and murderers into our lands. We've got enough in Westminster." Their desire was for the UK to close the borders.
Before the march the South East Alliance wrote on their Facebook page: “Remember we are there for a purpose. To highlight certain issues we face. We are not there to have a kick-off with the red scum but we do know they will attack us and we shall defend ourselves without hesitation.” In contrast North London Antifa urged their side: “If going by public transport to #Dover be safe & sane, don't start fights with any fascists you may bump into, not worth the arrest pre-demo.”
The tenuous peace of the initial rally was derailed after a contingent of Antifa went away from Market Square at around 12:30 PM. They went towards the train station to confront a group of South East Alliance and National Front supporters being guarded by the police. By 1:20 PM the Far Right march began with an escort of riot police close by.
Here’s testimony from KentOnline reporter Sam Lennon: “These were mainly young people dressed in black and wearing masks. They crossed Priory Road and headed to the railway station, where the far-right were due to emerge. It was at Folkestone Road, at the junction with Efffingham Crescent, that they were stopped by a line of police.”
It climaxed in a standoff. Video recordings became more common by 2016 so see it all for yourselves.There were reports of smoke bombs with bricks and bottles thrown (a flying traffic cone too). Chunks of stone were acquired from street tiles. Masked mobs running around city streets. Countless police stationed around town in bright yellow uniforms serving as boundaries. Dogs at the ready. All day, the Far Left had a goal. Antifa set out to block the roads on the march’s route. A battalion of law enforcement lined up to kettle the Far Left crowd from causing harm. Some claimed the right-wing rally goers huddled behind the cops for protection. The Far Left chanted "The police protect the fascists, The police protect the fascists." The anti-cop sentiment was echoed by Weyman Bennett of the UAF. “The other force that acted to facilitate the Nazis were the police,” he told the Socialist Worker.
This completely ignores the crowd control the UK authorities applied to the right-wing side. However, seeing that Antifa actively hunts their ideological opponents, it’s easy to see why the Far Right wanted some help. The Far Left managed to break through police lines.
Hope not Hate kept tabs on the day’s events. Duncan Cahill told The Guardian: “'What we have today and for the past few months [in Dover] is massive call-outs by just about every Nazi group in the country and everyone involved in anti-fascism has gone down there today for what looks like a massive punch-up.”
That is to say, Antifa saw this as a sport like Football. “SMASH” they say. “MASH” they say. Regardless, Nick Lowles of HnH claimed the day was all “nazi violence” even though the fighting first came from an Antifa ambush. It’s not really a shock that an Antifa supporter like Vyara Gylsen told the Guardian the Far Right threw the first punches.
The two sides fought until blood was drawn. Worth emphasizing again that Hope not Hate has a bias toward smearing the Far Right almost exclusively. "Fascist Andy Royston has been hit by a brick thrown by his own side," HnH tweeted. This so-called charity actively cheered on Antifa attacking the cops. “Police are struggling to hold back antifascists. The Nazis might just have to get in the sea.”
Take Hope not Hate’s two reports with a grain of salt. What did local residents think about this riot? According to one caught in the day’s crossfire: "I've lived in Dover all my life and I've never seen anything like this. This just doesn't happen in our town. Go back home. We don't want you here." The Far Right crowd threatened at least two demonstrators. They told a female reporter from the LBC that “she should be raped,” and said to a Breitbart London journalist he was a “Marxist” and that they hoped they were “raped by Muslims.”
In addition to the six arrests from earlier in the day, three more were arrested by the end. They include: a 28-year-old man on suspicion of a public order offence, a 32-year-old guy from Bristol for breaching the peace, and finally a 41-year-old male from Gillingham who reportedly had an offensive weapon. Kent police seized more than 20 weapons, among them was a knuckle duster. Multiple hammers and a knife, too. The final police round-up ended being 17 overall in relation to the Dover event. One person broke their arm and five others suffered minor injuries.
Dover’s MP at the time, Charlie Elphicke, expressed disappointment about protest violence. "I am shocked and saddened that people were hurt in Dover today. It was irresponsible and wrong to allow two opposing demonstrations to happen. The Chief Constable and Police Commissioner have serious questions to answer why these demonstrations were not banned after violence last time."
The cops eventually shooed everyone home. A Kent Police spokesperson said the operation ended by 5 PM. Antifa became battle hardened by this point. They flaunted “war trophies.” (BBC) (Breitbart) (II) (BuzzFeed) (Daily Mail) (Daily Star) (Evening Standard) (II) (Express) (II) (HuffPost) (II) (Independent) (ITV) (Kent Online) (Metro) (Mirror) (II) (Reuters) (RT) (Sky News) (Socialist Worker) (Telegraph) (The Guardian) (II) (The Times)
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February 27th 2016: The North West Infidels did a switcheroo. Instead of holding a demonstration in Manchester they quickly switched it to Liverpool. This was intentional. The NWI wanted to evade the Far Left who’d no doubt try and ambush them. But this ended up happening anyway. This is likely because the Liverpool Echo and Manchester Evening News picked up on it. Hope not Hate and Nick Lowles on Twitter giving Antifa a helpful nudge to make sure they picked up on the last minute news.
The cops were between a rock and a hard place. A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "Merseyside Police would like to make it clear that while it will facilitate peaceful protest it will not tolerate disorder, criminal or anti-social behaviour during any demonstration.” Given the fireworks unleashed, disorder is the only thing the cops were going to get this time.
The “march” began after 1 PM at the Crown Hotel on Lime Street. It was the perfect place for Antifa to show up and surround them inside the building. Nick Lowles of Hope not Hate gloated about NWI’s predicament. Officers quickly arrived on scene to prevent things from getting uglier. The North West Infidels somehow went from the pub and up to St George’s Hall. Obviously Antifa’s goal for the day was to stop this sort of thing. With their usual slogan shouts of “NAZI SCUM OFF OUR STREETS.”
The cops followed them there to keep NWI separate from the Far Left encroaching on them. Riot police were called. It was quite the spectacle. As a bystander you’d see these two sides fighting among a cloud of smoke. One faction higher up on the Hall stairs shielded by the police. NWI was trapped there.
The classic sort of stand-off. A boiling point where tension spilled over to bouts of fighting. Glass beer bottles got tossed around. The Far Right side scavenged cobblestones from St. George’s plateau to lob at the Far Left. But Antifa gladly fired back and managed to hit someone. The Far Right side had injuries. Some mistook the demo as the EDL’s doing. But no it was the North West Infidels. We can be sure of that since the group unveiled a “WHITE PRIDE WORLD WIDE” banner at one point. That wasn’t their only prop. They held up smaller pieces of paper with “REFUGEES NOT WELCOME” scrawled on them.
Labour Councillor Andrea Wall was among the Far Left protesters. She told the media her account of the day: "They had come armed with things to throw. I got hit in the throat with a gas cylinder and the man I was standing next to was hit in the face. Blood sprayed everywhere and he needed stitches. The situation wasn't helped by police moving them to St George's Hall, it meant they were boxed in and led to a few clashes as they kept trying to get across the police line. "People don't want them in this city and we don't want them in the North West. People out doing their shopping stopped to join us to say we don't want these fascists in Liverpool."
The NWI tossed up a few Nazi salutes and drew swastikas on St George’s Hall. Liverpool’s mayor Joe Anderson responded to the graffiti by saying the NWI were a “dishonour on the human race.” An estimate by Radio City News said NWI had just 30 people, whereas Antifa’s crowd had “more than 500.” Another claim said NWI’s opposition had hundreds. People were forgetting that in the end all that remained was a lot of garbage.
Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland said: “Our officers acted quickly to deal with the situation, separate groups of protestors and contain them in a single area to try to minimise the disruption caused to members of the public and local businesses.” Holland stated that one of her officers was hit by a brick and taken to the hospital to deal with a concussion. She vowed to reprimand whoever was responsible for inflicting that harm.
It’s a miracle that the Greater Manchester Police and British Transport Police were able to escort NWI away from the Far Left mob. 34 people ended up arrested. (Daily Star) (Express) (HuffPost) (Liverpool Echo) (II) (Manchester Evening News) (Mirror)
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June 3rd 2016: A group of roughly 100 anti-Trump protesters showed up to a Trump rally and went after Trump supporters. They threw eggs. A Black Muslim chased and tackled a White Trump supporter. Someone burned the American flag. Blood poured off a man's head after being bludgeoned. The incompetent San Jose and California police response was heavily criticized. But the police chief defended the restraint. Obama told Democrats to not act like Republicans. Trump called them "a bunch of thugs." Hillary Clinton blamed Trump for creating such an environment. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo did too. (ABC News) (NY Post) (AJ+) (Breitbart) (CNN) (The Guardian) (Fox News) (Washington Post) (BuzzFeed) (Twitchy) (CBS) (Business Insider) (Hot Air) (Daily Mail) (The Atlantic) (Free Beacon) (MSNBC) (Twitter Moment)
October 8th/9th 2016: Philip Thaler and eight other right-wingers are attacked in Halle, Germany by over 30 left-wing extremists. Several of them were injured by stones, bottles, and pepper spray. (Einprozent)
November 11th 2016: Anti-Trump protest declared riot in Portland after the election of Donald Trump cost over $1 million in damage. 25 people arrested. "Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!" Trump tweeted. (Mic) (BuzzFeed) (KPTV) (VICE) (Zero Hedge) (Associated Press) (OregonLive) (NBC News)
January 19th 2017: Mike Cernovich threw a party called the Deploraball the night before Trump was sworn into office. It could've ended really badly if Project Veritas didn't catch a group of D.C. Antifascist Coalition people conspiring to use acid against attendees. This Butyric acid is known for its foul odor. If it was deployed (along with pulling fire alarms), Deploraball attendees would've inevitably had to face an angry mob of Far Left protesters outside. Paul Kuhn, Colin Dunn and Scott Charney were all arrested. They went to great lengths planning this attack, going as far as to scope out the area in advance to ensure success. DisruptJ20 organizer Lacy MacAuley had to scale back her plans after O'Keefe's pre-emptive meddling.
How did it go otherwise? Not so good, in terms of protest violence. This was the first time anyone met Antifa whatsoever. This Far Left mob of roughly 200 folks showed up to protest the Deploraball event, held at DC's National Press Club. People learned that night what Antifa was all about as they blocked the entrance. Take a guess, when you hear things like: "Fuck your order / fuck your wall / we will make your system fall."
Shouting. Burning stuff. Like MAGA hats (and in this case you can see five or six different people taking pictures of it). Wearing black masks. But again lots of fire. They even brought a 15-foot-tall elephant balloon that said "RACISM" on it. All organized by a group called "Refuse Fascism." Who happened to be doing exactly what one would expect the so-called "Fascists" to do. Antifa threw bottles and trash at police and people leaving the event. One protester even threw a police bike. Antifa chased after attendees as they left the event. There was this growing perception divide. Simply supporting the President of the United States was being made equivalent to advocating for white supremacy. Same accusations thrown at Deploraball. Even though Richard Spencer was kicked out. "They did not bill this as an alt-right event and uninvited several people whom we recognized as objectionable and could be the walking epitome of yelling fire in a crowded theater, to invoke a Supreme Court decision," said the National Press Club President. The Far Left wrongly thought that people like Richard Spencer helped organize the event. For what it's worth it looked like the Deploraball was really fun. People like Peter Thiel, Sean Hannity, Sheriff Clarke and James O’Keefe were there. Oliver Darcy somehow got in too. The new breed of Republicans were asserting themselves at the start of a new political era. Cernovich was adamant on distancing themselves (both him and everyone in attendance) from the "Alt-Right" label.
"RESPECT EXISTENCE OR EXPECT RESISTANCE," read one sign. "Impeach the Predatory President" said another. It would get harder to see these whenever Antifa set off their smoke devices. Get used to hearing "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA" a million times over. This becomes the regular tagline for Antifa at any protest event. Same goes for "NAZI SCUM OFF OUR STREETS." It's what people would say to express their anger that Trump became President. Antifa protesters got physical. Beatings. Gavin McInnes had to fight through the crowd to get in.
James Allsup was severely injured. He got targeted beforehand with Antifa trying to steal his hat. That time they punched him. But that wasn't the last of it. "I was wearing my ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, and a white male came up behind me and swung at me with a flagpole – I kind of blacked out for a minute,” Allsup told Fox News. "Before I knew it, my head was gushing blood — there’s blood on my Trump hat."
On the other end are people who thought this. "These people are Nazi apologists," said protester David Whipple. "I want to show everything they stand for, I stand against."
Something that would become standard is Antifa anarchists fighting the cops and vice versa. The Far Left think police are allies of white supremacy since they're protecting folks like those who attended the Deploraball. The authorities formed a line of protection separating the party inside from the angry people outside. The boys in blue deployed pepper spray to subdue the crowd. Antifa gets used to the taste of it.
The media's focus is divided. Some focus on the party itself, others on the protests outside. This small gap will become a wider divide as the months and years roll by. (BPR) (Breitbart) (Daily Mail) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (II) (III) (Los Angeles Times) (NBC) (National Post) (Newsweek) (New York Times) (PJ Media) (II) (Politico) (Raw Story) (Red State) (Rolling Stone) (RT) (Slate) (The Atlantic) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (The Independent) (The New Republic) (The Root) (TMZ) (Washington Post) (Washington Times) (Wired) (WSJ) (WUSA9)
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January 20th 2017: Remember Trump's Inauguration Day? There were Left-wing riots. All because the Orange Man got elected. This was "bad" enough cause for people to lash out. "NOT MY PRESIDENT" read their banners. To clarify, what I'm referring to is not the Women's March. There was a separate thing going on, called "#DisruptJ20."
217 people were arrested and charged with rioting. A few journalists got sucked into that vortex, but later both freed. Some argued that these protests were "pockets." But on the other hand, there's that limo someone set on fire. I mean come on, this was a mob. Many trash cans lost their lives that day. Perhaps some people didn't intend for the protest to become a riot. But that's what happened. The use of fire is a symptom. Loud boom noises that sound like explosions are usually a bad sign. Also, same goes for when police feel obliged to use crowd control equipment. It was meant to rain on Trump's parade, thus the mob burning an American flag. But we can interpret "Disrupt J20" literally too. Since protesters blocked entrances and checkpoints to the Inauguration event. "I respect your right to peacefully protest but the damage that has occurred today is unacceptable and not welcome in DC," tweeted DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
These people fought against the police. Three Metro DC cops were injured by the mob, with two of them getting hit by rocks. Get used to me mentioning pepper spray throughout this article. It's as common occurrence for Far Left protests, as Salt and Pepper are for meals at the dinner table. The same goes for tear gas and broken glass. The term fascism quickly became their common lingo to describe their political enemies. "They're just here to stir up trouble," said a Trump supporter who worked as a public school teacher. "It upsets me a little bit that people choose to do this, but yet again it's one of the things I love about this country."
Someone punches Richard Spencer mid-interview and it starts a viral craze.
Somehow the idea of political violence was planted in people's heads that day. "Punching Nazis makes us GOOD like Captain America!" was the excuse some told themselves. Inauguration Day is obviously a high-density moment all around, though. Shutting down a highway being a clear sign of that. This was the best opportunity to "stick it" to the man. The huge turnout inevitably boosted the confidence of Trump's detractors moving forward. (ABC) (BBC) (Bloomberg) (Fox News) (Hollywood Reporter) (Mother Jones) (NY Times) (The Blaze) (The Hill) (RT) (Washington Post)
February 1st 2017: Milo Yiannopoulos decided to speak at UC Berkeley in California for the finale of his tour. What a finale it was. The talk in particular was slated to be on sanctuary campuses used for protecting illegal migrants. But Milo's views on transgenderism and Black Lives Matter were on people's minds. Nobody knew what to fully expect. UC Davis had nasty protests and someone got shot at Milo's University of Washington stop. There were calls from school staff to try and cancel it, but that didn't work. A strong effort was made to separate general "freedom of speech" from the actual things Milo said. The Berkeley College Republicans prided themselves on that. But afterward? "The Free Speech Movement is dead," read a statement on their website. What happened? Police prepared as best they could. Something was coming. Then onward came the fireworks. An angry mob organized by a group called "Refuse Fascism" happened.
UC Berkeley cancelled Milo's talk. Debra Messing clapped like a happy seal. It was a full two hours before it was set to begin. But the police could no longer guarantee Milo's safety, given the 1500 protesters that showed up. “As a black Muslim woman, all three of those identities have been targeted throughout (Trump’s) campaign,” UC Berkeley junior Fatima Ibrahim told the SF Chronicle. “To have someone like (Yiannopoulos) come into my campus and affirm those people’s beliefs, it’s very, very hurtful.”
They weren't all Antifa. Just to make that clear. But what do you think sticks more when there's "KILL TRUMP" written in red scribbled graffiti. When a MAGA hat wearing young lady is pepper sprayed right in front of the media? “For 30 years, the left has been able to bully people into silence by name calling and they’ve forgotten how to argue," Milo told Fox News.
Antifa was there. "The violence was instigated by a group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise non-violent protest," said UC Berkeley's official statement. 6 people were injured. By what? Paramilitary tactics. By this Black Bloc army that attacked Berkeley cops with rocks and Molotov cocktails. The latter of which qualifies Antifa as a mob in the Hollywood mafia movie stereotype sense. The more ambitious of these rabid far left protesters attacked people in cars. All of this combined makes the police's use of rubber bullets and tear gas feel lenient.
“It’s absolutely acceptable to use violence. They are 100% certain to use it against us," one protester told The Guardian. I'm going to make that quote bold so you know it's important. It all becomes a blame game in the aftermath of any of these events. But here we have Antifa starting that cycle by saying violence is ok. This isn't hard to understand.
The Mayor of Berkeley tried calling Milo a white nationalist, but then quickly apologized soon after the public backlash rolled in. The Cowardly Mayor also blamed the police for the whole disaster. The term "Black Bloc" to define these Far Left extremists began taking root. It became harder to write this off as a one-time Trump related spout of anger. The birth of understanding "Antifa" as we know it today. Milo's name crossed out on a piece of rubble, surrounded by fire. The nearby Student Union? Shattered. The bank, trashed. Not even the Starbucks was spared. A black mass of chaos that disrupted anything in its path. Light poles were toppled. The barricades set up were torn down and hurled at buildings.
A tweet from Trump added another media shock wave. "If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?" tweeted the President. It'd be a huge blow since federal funding accounted for $370 million of its annual budget. Kellyanne Conway thought the protesters acted like children. As for the reactions of other politicians, which is worse: the silence of GOP leaders, or a Democrat Representative calling the riot a "beautiful sight"?
It was the end of Milo's tour. But the beginning of a new era of modern political violence. A fuller timeline is available via Breitbart. (ABC) (BBC) (CBS) (CNN) (Federalist) (Forbes) (Free Beacon) (Hot Air) (HuffPost) (IB Times) (IJR) (Jezebel) (Newsweek) (New York Times) (NBC) (NPR) (People) (Quillette) (Reuters) (RT) (Spectator) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (The Independent) (USA Today) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post) (WSJ)
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Fuck. "We will fight fascists. We will dismantle the state. This is war." Yvette Felarca was one of the protest organizers. "No regrets," was her response to the violence. It was now inevitable. A lot of more of this was going to come. By that I mean things like chasing down a man and beating him.
February 2nd 2017: Gavin McInnes did an event for NYU's College Republicans, and Antifa showed up to heckle him. Also to attack people. They made it nearly impossible for McInnes to get in, let alone leave. They set MAGA hats on fire and tried pepper spraying Gavin's face. At least one alleged nutty professor entered the fray, angry when the cops showed up. Eleven were arrested as a result of clashing with police. This diary from an Antifa member shows that not only do the Far Left believe Gavin is a "Nazi," but also that they see the police as their enemy. (BPR) (Breitbart) (CBS) (Daily Caller) (Daily Mail) (Daily Wire) (FOX News) (Gateway Pundit) (Gothamist) (Hot Air) (IB Times) (Metro) (NY Post) (Reason) (Red State) (Town Hall) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Times) (Zero Hedge)
March 2nd 2017: "A conservative author tried to speak at a liberal arts college. He left fleeing an angry mob." His name was Charles Murray. What was meant to be a modest exchange of ideas wasn't allowed to happen. Murray was invited to Middlebury College to talk about his book "Coming Apart: The State of White America." Charles is also famous for his 1994 book The Bell Curve, which explores the potential for a link between race and intelligence. As you can imagine, in 2017, this topic was seen as taboo. The SPLC labeled Charles a white nationalist and the Associated Press ran with that narrative. On the night of Murray's talk, there was a clash between attendees and people spooked by the boogeyman of white supremacy. "DANGEROUS IDEOLOGIES." A professor who was going to moderate the Q&A session ended up physically injured by angry protesters. They pulled her hair and twisted her neck. She had to wear a brace. Protesters attacked Murray's car and blocked his way as he tried to leave the campus. Murray noted that school administrators were welcoming and that this was a student body problem. In an open letter, 450 Middlebury alumni called Charles Murray a "threat." (Associated Press) (Daily Caller) (Daily Wire) (Free Beacon) (Hot Air) (Reason) (Time) (Twitchy) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Times)
March 4th 2017: The son of 2016 Vice President contender Tim Kaine arrested for protesting a Minnesota Trump rally. "Woody" and four other people tried lighting a smoke bomb (or fireworks?) inside the Capitol. He ran from three cops and they tackled him. Kaine's son was ready to fight with police, resisting arrest. “We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues. They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully,” Woody's parents said. He was arrested for second-degree rioting but released based on insufficient evidence. VICE and Jezebel tried making it sexual for some reason. (ABC) (BBC) (Breitbart) (CBS - Minnesota) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Daily Caller) (Daily Mail) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (HuffPost) (NBC) (Newsweek) (Orlando Sentinel) (Red State) (Reuters) (Seattle Times) (The Blaze) (The Hill) (The Independent) (Toronto Sun) (Twin Cities) (USA Today) (Washington Times)
March 4th 2017: A "March 4 Trump" rally at Berkeley turns into chaos. Physical fighting was common. It's wild, seeing Antifa try to rip an American flag from a young girl's hands. A war was born. With two factions engaging in physical conflict. Kapow! Bam! Blap! Smash! Whaam! Smack! "This isn't a Trump rally anymore. It's the anarchists," remarked journalist Lizzie Johnson. Trump supporters started using shields, for goodness sake. Strategic choice. Good for blocking eggs that Antifa threw at people. Poetic that Antifa burnt a free speech sign that day, given the course of destiny they set themselves on. It wasn't just "Proud Boys" or "Fascists." Your average Trump supporter was more than happy to come out to the event. They too got caught in the crossfire. One poor old Trump supporting man was pepper sprayed. A kid got yelled at. "Thank you for the great rallies all across the country. Tremendous support. Make America Great Again!" Trump tweeted. The whole Russia conspiracy theory was freshly born, so people argued about that. 10 people were arrested, and at least 7 injured. It's surprising the cops bothered to arrest anyone, given how hands-off their presence was. The rally's organizer Rich Black tweeted "the police betrayed us." Blood spilled. Flags aflame. The commies tried burning an American flag, but one bold old lady patriot came to the rescue. A reliable source when it comes to Antifa's perspective is a site called It's Going Down. I'll refer to it throughout this article every so often. They did a blog post about the March 4th protest. It mentions that one right-wing extremist got arrested. The author of the blog post says this is "PROOF" that justifies Antifa's militant tactics going forward. Completely ignoring the fact one of their own ran from the cops. A play-by-play by the hour is available on East Bay Times. (ABC) (BPR) (Breitbart) (CBS) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (HuffPost) (IJR) (LA Times) (NBC) (Newsweek) (Reuters) (RT) (SFGate) (The Blaze) (The Hill) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post) (Washington Times) (Zero Hedge)
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March 4th 2017: UK. Kevin Crehan was sentenced to jail for 12 months because he was part of a group that left bacon sandwiches outside a mosque in Bristol. He died in prison in December 2016. Around 100 people staged a protest for the "disproportionate sentence" and a "corrupt judge." A counter protest by local Antifa gangs was SUPPOSED TO take place over in Castle Park but they moved it to be close to where the Crehan protest was happening. The EDL was blamed for the escalation in tensions, and a pub closed their doors for the duration of the demonstration. (Daily Mail) (Express) (ITV)
March 17th 2017: An angry mob of student protesters crashed Jordan Peterson's talk at McMaster University. They deployed megaphones and various noise-making objects in order to try and drown out Dr. Peterson's voice. "SHUT HIM DOWN" the protesters chanted. Highlights include one professor who believed taking "photos will hurt you." An attendee was reportedly assaulted. It was supposed to be a panel, but other members backed out over targeted harassment. The club that hosted Peterson in the first place had the College's approval for this. Nonetheless, the official campus "safe space" brigade was on standby to help anyone who was offended by Peterson simply showing up. A coalition of far left groups at the college had a different idea about what free speech means. (Breitbart) (CBC) (National Post) (Toronto Sun)
April 7th 2017: A Conservative writer named Heather Mac Donald had to livestream her speech for Claremont McKenna because a crowd of 250 protesters blocked the auditorium. Even then, further efforts were made to silence her."This is not just my loss of free speech. These students are exercising brute force against their fellow students to prevent them from hearing me live," she told Fox News. What was the overly controversial topic that got students riled up? Heather was a critic of Black Lives Matter and wanted to make an argument in favor of the police. For that, protesters labeled her an ally of white supremacy. They called her an "anti-black fascist." An event the day before at UCLA had protester blowback, but at least Mac Donald was allowed to speak her piece. Claremont McKenna refrained from arresting protesters because it would've created a more dangerous environment, all around. The protest organizers requested white people be a "buffer" between colored students and the cops. Campus Reform has the best breakdown of the full story. (Breitbart) (Daily Caller) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Hot Air) (LA Times) (National Review) (Reason) (The Daily Signal) (The Root) (Washington Post) (Washington Times) (WSJ)
April 15th 2017: "The Battle of Berkeley." The big one. There's a two-hour video of the event by Tim Pool, if you prefer to see for yourself. Everyone saw the fighting twice before and decided to put all their marbles in for this event on Tax Day. This is on top of the long history of free speech protest culture the city of Brekeley is known for. This next pro-Trump event was called "Patriots Day" and featured guest speakers like: Baked Alaska, Brittany Sellner, Irma Hinojosa, Kyle "Based Stick Man" Chapman (who got arrested at the event), Lauren Southern, and Vaughn Neville. Rich Black raised the cash via WeSearchr. The Antifa side was organized by BAMN (By Any Means Necessary). It's Going Down published a hit-piece about the event speakers, to get the far left crowd riled up before the big day.
It was sponsored by the pro-Trump group Liberty Revival Alliance. A group called the oath keepers showed up to Civic Center Park too. But when it comes to the conflict, pro-Trump vs. anti-Trump turns into "Antifa" vs "White Nationalists." I put those two terms in quotes because their usage as a label is stretched to hell and back at this point. The question slowly becomes: is it a debate of ideas or just an excuse to get physical?
There were anywhere from 500 to 1000 people according to a Reuters estimate. To a battle with the usual fireworks and smoke bombs, but also now bear spray this time. I can't sugarcoat the fact that actual white supremacists showed up doing Hitler salutes. Antifa had a chance to validate their far left paranoia (and attack garbage cans). Especially when Nathan Damigo punched a far left chick. There are two versions of the photo that show either party as the one punching first. Media outlets picked up the punch as its own story. Blue checkmarks got mad too. That argument hits an impasse. However the Antifa girl wanted to collect "100 Nazi scalps" and went into this looking for a fight. The problem is that all the chaos of Berkeley resulted in it being impossible to tell the difference. At least, to some. In the blog post by It's Going Down, you can see how broad of a brush Antifa's perception of "extremists" are.
That's where this blood came from.
That's why innocent people like Lauren Southern and Brittany Sellner got caught in the crossfire. (Disclosure: I'm friends with both of them. But I acknowledge this openly and am capable of looking past that as a source of bias.) Neither of them are lovers of the leader of Germany in World War II, but Antifa blindly started to jump to such conclusions. The far left can't tell the difference between parody and reality (see: Kekistan).
One daring man thought to take the piss out of that Kylie Jenner Pepsi advertisement. He went around offering cans of the beverage in hopes of being the ultimate peacemaker. Who else would rise to the occasion? The police? Hahaha. Nah they let people kick the shit out of each other. People noticed the cops cowering out in their vehicles as mayhem ensued. Look at this bloody mess. No "Empathy Tent" can save you from a cloud of pepper spray. But in all fairness, it was a herculean-sized task trying to keep the peace with a chaotic day like this one. Some estimates put the number of cops at a staggering 250 after the situation spiraled out of control. Twenty-one people were arrested that day. Eleven injured. A hefty stack of confiscated weapons, too. Although for that day, Berkeley classified anything that could be used as a possible weapon whatsoever as banned. (ABC) (Big League Politics) (Business Insider) (BuzzFeed) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Caller) (Daily Kos) (Daily Mail) (Esquire) (Fox News) (HuffPost) (LA Times) (Mercury News) (NBC) (NY Post) (Reuters) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (TMZ) (The Root) (VICE) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post)
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A professor named Eric Clanton smashed a Trump supporter in the head with a bike lock. We didn't know who it was until the rascal's mask slipped in a separate video. Given the fact that he left his victims bleeding, Clanton faced jail time, right? Nope. No jail time for the Far Leftist who made people bloody. Just three years probation.
May 1st 2017: An ugly riot of Far Left anarchists that happened back in a time where "optics" didn't matter. A mob of angry, bitter people were still mad that Donald Trump got elected. Sure, there was a march for labor rights. As is customary for the Communists. They mocked "big bad" landlords. They even had these giant spider floats. Portland Police live-tweeted the event from start to finish. It went fine at first. Then people threw some rocks at cops. Then more rocks. Protesters threw Pepsi cans at the cops in a nod to the Kendall Jenner commercial. One of them hit a paramedic who worked for the city. Thankfully he wasn't injured. But soon after that, smoke bombs were popping off. Windows were broken. By 4:30 in the afternoon the cops revoked the official permit and declared the gathering a full blown riot. "You're full of shit! We are the people! You cannot cancel our rights," one Black Bloc Antifa shouted in a megaphone at the cops. The Far Left rioters set fires in the middle of streets. "STAY RELENTLESS AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACISTS" read one sign. Another: "STRONG COMMUNITIES BREED STRONG RESISTANCE." But that was at the start. When things went to hell, the spray painted messages read things like "KILL COPS" and "TEN THOUSAND NAZI SCALPS." A police cruiser was vandalized and damaged. It was chaos. But Rose City Antifa represent, am i right? 25 people were arrested. Antifa put out fundraiser calls for legal aid to their "comrades." Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler made a lukewarm statement condemning the riot. "In Portland we respect peaceful protest, but we do not and cannot support acts of violence and vandalism. That's not political speech. That's crime." (ABC) (BBC) (Daily Beast) (CNN) (Daily Caller) (Gateway Pundit) (KPTV) (NBC) (NPR) (NY Daily News) (RT) (The Guardian) (The Hollywood Reporter) (Washington Times) (Willamette Week)
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May 23rd 2017: This is when the Evergreen College mutiny by students became a riot. The college "snowflake culture" is mentioned throughout this piece because it represents a far left mob in its natural environment. The debate of "Free Speech vs. Hate Crime" is taken to a extreme. In a three-part series, former staff member Bret Weinstein explains the upheaval of the campus. Administrative faculty, the teaching staff, and the student body were essentially all put on the same level when it came to authority. It led to a mutiny on the part of the students.
According to Washington Examiner:
At Evergreen State that has actually meant: invading a professor's class to taunt him with charges of racism; occupying the library and the college president's office while the campus police, ordered to stand down, barricade themselves in their headquarters; delivering F-bombs, derision, and assorted demands—firing the police chief, confiscating the guns of the rest of the police, setting up mandatory race-oriented "cultural competency" training for the faculty, excusing the protesters from their end-of-term assignments, and providing free gumbo for a radical potluck [...] If a photo posted on Instagram is to be taken at face value, it has also meant wielding baseball bats and posing ominously on the balconies of student apartments.
That's the end result of something that started when George Bridges became Evergreen's president in Fall 2015. He clung on to diversity as an appeasement solution to ensure job security. But things got out of hand by November 2016 when Evergreen's Equity and Inclusion Council turned their focus to the school's hiring practices. Accusations of racism were levied against folks like Bret Weinstein for not towing the "woke" lines now demanded of him. This inner faculty turmoil culminated with this so-called "Day of Absence" tradition. Up until 2017, black students voluntarily left for the day to send a message about their importance to the student body. But in April 2017 this was now being "requested" of white students and staff to participate in.
On May 23rd 2017 a group of 50 students showed up to Bret's classroom. They were fueled by an email exchange had between himself and Rashida Love about the Day of Absence. They demanded he resign. The cops tried getting involved but the mob shored up their position in a nearby building. The next day the situation evolved into full blown protests against institutional racism. They demanded the removal of Evergreen Police Chief Stacy Brown.
There was a meeting between the protesters and Evergreen's President. He became their lapdog. You can read the statement by George Bridges here. Rioters barricaded the doors to make sure cops couldn't come in. The faculty had no choice but bend the knee to appease this mob. The police chief had to even tell Bret not to come to campus because students were hunting him. The anarchists took over and Evergreen's President ended up kicking Weinstein out. He said this happened because society let this toxic Anarchist mindset fester until it was too late. The "my truth is as good as your truth" mantra eroded the stability of everything.
The administration held negotiations with protesters and made them essentially bow down. "WHITE SILENCE IS VIOLENCE" they told them. The student rebellion was made known nationwide thanks to this viral video. They weren't happy to see the most cringeworthy moments caught on film and wanted it taken down.
It was one of their demands to George Bridges:
“We demand that the video created for Day of Absence and Day of Presence that was stolen by white supremacists and edited to expose and ridicule the students and staff be taken down by the administration by this Friday.”
One of many. The bootlicker agreed to investigate it. If diversity is a strength, how come only 350 freshmen enrolled to Evergreen the following year? (Breitbart) (Daily Caller) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (New York Times) (OregonLive) (Spiked) (The Blaze) (The College Fix) (The Olympian) (USA Today) (Washington Times) (WSJ) (Zero Hedge)
Things crossed into dangerous territory when people began making anonymous threats against Evergreen. The school had to close for days at a time because of it. One caller left a message saying he had a Magnum and was going “to execute as many people on the campus as I can get ahold of.”
June 11th 2017: It was a week after Manchester had this benefit concert in support of the victims of the arena bombing. Tommy Robinson (and Kevin Carroll) organized a march in response to the tragedy. No longer a part of the EDL, he formed a group called UK Against Hate for this event. He laid out the intent of it on the group’s website: “It has now been left to us, the ordinary people of the United Kingdom to stand up to hate, to unite and in one voice say 'no more'. 'That's why on Sunday the 11th of June, we will stand together in Manchester in opposition to hate. 'We will say 'no more', we will walk in silence through the city to honour the dead, we will rally to demand action, we will make ourselves impossible to ignore.”
A group called Gays Against Sharia also repped themselves for this event. It hit the point about how the tenets of Islam conflict with the intersectionalist political culture that took over society. It was all in all a stand against “the establishment’s tolerance of hateful ideology.” Opposing them were the Queers Against Islamophobia who ended up getting kettled by police.
So it was supposed to be a silent rally. You can imagine when the Far Left shows up to oppose Robinson it’s anything but a quiet time. 400 police officers (made possible with people from other forces showing up) were tasked with maintaining order in the Piccadilly area. Tommy tried to coordinate with them directly.
It was said that the GMP tried holding back the UK Against Hate march in a tunnel under Piccadilly Station. But at some point the crowd managed to break through containment and get to the Piccadilly Gardens area. Other videos showing the procession being orderly. The city square was filled to the brim with everyone. A three-way standoff. Also a traffic nightmare.
In terms of numbers, the UK Against Hate march had about 1000 people. That being on the conservative estimate, as the generous one claims 2000 to 5000 attendees. “FEMINISTS RESIST REAL RAPE CULTURE” one sign said. Scottish, English, and even American flags stood out above the masses. But the opposition? They had a Communist flag. A mob of Antifa showed up for a fight. A lot of media coverage focused on Tommy’s crowd fighting the cops. Although that in itself happened. Smoke bombs and other objects wizzed in the air. But you can clearly see a “¡No pasarán!” banner in this photo where the police are holding back a large crowd. Unite Against Fascism egged them on. Labour Councilor Tamoor Tariq was spotted opposing Robinson’s march. With signs saying “EDL NOT WELCOME HERE” it demonstrates how the Far Left still believed Tommy Robinson was with the group (this is refuted). Even though he wasn’t, anymore. At this point the EDL label simply became slang to villainize right-wingers. It overlooks the moments like when Manchester Stand Up To Racism was manhandled by the cops.
The chaos temporarily brought the trams to a halt at the Piccadilly Gardens stop. “Please avoid Piccadilly Gardens area, as a protest has turned nasty. Some disruption to public transport too,” city officials tweeted out. People criticized Robinson for making the police waste their time with his so-called antics. In the aftermath of the attack, the public’s attention to the cop’s resources was still at the forefront.
TfGM's Transport and Event Planning Lead John Fryer said: "“A small minority of those in attendance have shown a complete disregard for the travelling public and by their actions have made it clear that their sole intention was to cause trouble and be as disruptive as possible."
There were eight arrests for public order offences. Hope not Hate pouted that Tommy Robinson was a fake journalist. The Anti-Fascist Network was angry that he came back with a successful effort. (Daily Mail) (Express) (joe.co.uk) (Manchester Evening News) (Metro) (Mirror) (The London Economic)
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June 15th 2017: A group called Patriot Prayer, led by Joey Gibson, faced off against Antifa at Evergreen college. The right-wingers showed up in defense of free speech (one lady wanted Evergreen defunded). A small army of riot police showed up beforehand in preparation for any fighting. They stood between both groups to make sure that didn't happen. Antifa weren't fans of cops. One crazy hippie played a flute in front of the cops line. There were about 150 people on the Far Left side. Beforehand they made signs and buttons emphasizing "community love." "HATE SPEECH IS NOT FREE SPEECH" read another. Anarchist flags were ready to go. Patriot Prayer showed up late. Antifa sprayed silly string at people, threw bananas. They went after folks and tried lighting fireworks. A Patriot Prayer supporter had to stop a man with a knife. "IF YOU THINK WE ARE RACIST, YOU HAVE BOUGHT A LIE" said a Patriot Prayer sign. A Pepe flag was waved. Joey Gibson was injured when he got hit with a can and pepper sprayed. The whole event was very loud to say the least. Joey Gibson and others had their tires slashed at day's end. Patriot Prayer tried asking Antifa for compensation. Two years later, it looks like the guy who had the knife is trying to sue Patriot Prayer. (Campus Reform) (New York Times) (The Guardian) (The Seattle Times)
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August 10th 2017: Einprozent employee Simon Kaupert has his car attacked by left-wing extremists. The windows were smashed and tires were slashed. They reportedly have done it before. Kaupert's research on Mediterranean NGOs made him a prime target for politically motivated damages. (Einprozent)
August 12 2017: Charlottesville. The most extreme right-wing vs. the most extreme left-wing. I would be remiss if I didn't lead off with the fact that Heather Heyer died. That's the most egregious and long-lasting impact of this event. However two police officers lost their lives too. Their sacrifice is often overlooked. Their names were Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates. They died because of Charlottesville. It's worthwhile for their sake to assess the situation they too had before them.
It was called "Unite The Right." A rally held on August 12th, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the eyes of Antifa the event was going to be "hundreds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Alt-Right trolls, and KKK members will reconverge at Emancipation Park in order to hold a protest to “Unite the Right” and in support of a statue of Confederate general, Robert E Lee, which is slated to be removed."
This was all over Confederate statues. Southerners see it as a reminder of their heritage. But anti-racism activists despised what it represented. It was thanks to Richard Spencer that Antifa got all fired up. He held rallies in May 2017. The KKK did the same thing that July. The provocation was successful.
Antifa showed up. Black Lives Matter did too. "We have replaced you," they chanted. It's only appropriate that someone held prayers given what was to happen over the next few hours. A collision course. Richard Spencer was there. People were walking around in militia gear. There was a huge amount of Antifa. The brawling began. The brawling continued. Police used tear gas and declared the event an unlawful assembly. Clashes happened even as people tried to leave. It seemed possible for things to calm down. But they didn't. James Fields of Ohio ran his car into a crowd of Charlottesville protesters. Heather Heyer included. She lost her life because of it.
Authorities tried saving her. But it was too late. Feel free to watch the car attack from as many angles as you want. It won't change what happened. Alongside Heather's death, 19 others were injured by the car. On top of 15 injuries elsewhere the rest of the day.
"I have a message to all the white supremacists and Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple. Go home." Governor Terry McAuliffe said in a statement.
Half of this story is the public fallout afterward. The cops hauled off Richard Spencer. The Detroit Red Wings had to disavow Charlottesville because some people used the logo on their shields. They felt obliged. Far Right people went around chanting "BLOOD AND SOIL". David Duke was at event. Shouting "Hitler did nothing wrong" and beating up some black kid in a parking garage is just all around bad. Duh. But so is bear macing Baked Alaska. Luckily he wasn't shot with arrows. I'm pointing out the obvious to balance the fact I focus so heavily on the Far Left in this piece instead of Far Right.
The balancing act of keeping the peace is part of the difficulty with this whole conversation. People will probably get mad at me for doing it. On the day of Charlottesville, President Trump found himself in such a spot.
We're closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, this has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society. And no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good time. I just got off the phone with the governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, and we agree that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now.
It wasn't just Trump saying this. People who were there thought the same. From a piece by The Atlantic: "Cliff Erickson leaned against a fence and took in the scene. He said he thinks removing the statue amounts to erasing history and said the 'counterprotesters are crazier than the alt-right. Both sides are hoping for a confrontation.'"
"Where were you when the fucking car hit us?" someone shouted at the cops. The rally was declared an unlawful assembly before it even began. The police had been hands-off for most of the morning until then. After that, riot cops cleared out the park. That caused a lot of fighting that spread out across a larger radius. Which in turn led to the horrific car attack. "The Left started a lot of the fighting but the Right were definitely more prepared for it this time," said Ford Fischer. The National Guard showed up. A State of Emergency was declared. It was now on the radar of the Department of Homeland Security. The FBI got involved.
Tim Kaine obviously condemned it since he's the state's senator. Same goes for Rep. Don Beyer. GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel condemned it. Paul Ryan did. First Lady Melania Trump did. Vice President Mike Pence did, and President Trump did. I know it seems like I'm pointing out the obvious, but for some reason people have forgotten. They make it seem as if Donald Trump cheered on the violence in Charlottesville. But the truth is President Trump was tasked with keeping America together as best as possible that day, and that means everyone. People wanted him to just go after white supremacists and that's it. The John McCain route. They didn't want Trump to acknowledge Antifa in any shape or form. Various politicians were pissed at President Trump's particular remarks. Speaking of piss, people threw urine at Katie Couric's producers. Reporter Taylor Lorenz got punched in the face by Antifa because she was recording the immediate aftermath of the car attack. The Mayor of Charlottesville blamed Trump for what happened. Personally I think Dan Bongino said it best. "Once you've engaged in violence you've forfeited your right to engage in responsible political activism."
The death of Heather Heyer sparked other protests. In places like Boston, Pennsylvania, NYC, and Atlanta, Georgia. Especially that last place though. The Far Right accomplished the exact opposite of what they set out to do. People frowned upon the American South. The Far Left became further radicalized because of Heyer's death. Finally it fueled the agenda to get rid of the statues that everyone fought over in the first place.
Richard Spencer was super angry about how the day turned out. (ABC) (Associated Press) (BBC) (Business Insider) (BuzzFeed) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Gizmodo) (Hollywood Reporter) (HuffPost) (LA Times) (Mother Jones) (NBC) (New York Times) (NY Mag) (People) (Politico) (Raw Story) (RT) (Salon) (The Atlantic) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (The New Yorker) (The Root) (The Telegraph) (TIME) (TMZ) (TPM) (USA Today) (Variety) (VICE) (Vox) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post) (WSJ)
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August 18th 2017: CNN releases an Antifa piece titled "Unmasking the leftist Antifa movement." It used to be "Unmasking the leftist Antifa movement: Activists seek peace through violence," but CNN took out that second half. The Root was much more straightforward. Their Antifa article is called "Yes, Anti-Fascists Are Violent ... and Necessary."
August 20th 2017: A "far-right" group named La Meute and Antifa duke it out in Quebec City, Canada. La Meute wanted to protest migration following a sudden increase of new arrivals. One of them participated in Charlottesville and La Meute kicked them out. But it definitely contributed to tensions, nonetheless. Antifa assaulted a journalist, Jean-Vincent Verveille of Global News. His camera was smashed to bits. Mike Armstrong was a witness and also assaulted. "On the masked figures that assaulted us today... It was a violent faction of anti-racists. La Meute hasn't even come out of the garage yet," he tweeted. Do you think Antifa came out to condemn the violence against journalists? No. They justified it and called for more. "Sometimes, it is necessary to go against what the mainstream considers “acceptable”, to break the law in order to do the ethical thing. Those who mask up to fight the racist far-right have decided, at great personal risk, that they will use any means necessary to shut down fascist organizing."
Over 200 Antifa and police fought each other as La Meute sat things out in a parking garage. In the end La Meute came out looking like the better group because of that. Police declared the Antifa demonstration illegal. At least one counter protester got arrested as the cops dealt with the crowd. Antifa threw bottles and other objects at the police. Counter protesters surrounded the building and boxed La Meute inside. Antifa lit a dumpster on fire, and shot off fireworks and smoke bombs. They were confrontational. One man was beaten (and then treated?) by them, targeted with bricks for carrying a flag. A few people got sprayed by Antifa ink. Trudeau didn't commit on the violence against journalists, but called La Meute racist. Let's go over this one more time just so it's clear. Antifa fought police while La Meute waited in a parking garage for four hours. After that, La Meute had a peaceful march with zero issues. (CBC) (CTV) (Global News) (II) (Globe and Mail) (Montreal Gazette) (RT) (The Star) (Toronto Sun) (Tva Nouvelles)
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August 27th 2017: The first clash in Berkeley since Charlottesville. The circumstances that led up to it are rather confusing. First we had Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer cancelling his planned rally at Crissy Field Beach in San Francisco. He didn't feel like people were going to be safe. Over in Berkeley came the planned "No to Marxism in America" event. But organizer Amber Cummings too didn't think that'd end peacefully. So she cancelled. So any Trump supporters showing up in the area were coming to some kind of anti-hate event. Both sides showed up to fight over the issue of Marxism. Groups like the DSA were there. The Antifa Black Bloc too. Hard to miss that pitch black mass. It was the first significant reappearance of Antifa since then. Their numbers went into overdrive. It was a crowd of Far Left that surrounded a number of right-wingers who braved into the fray of showing up. At times, an entire crowd of protesters could surround one MAGA guy. "Why would they bother showing up?" you might ask. Simple. To differentiate themselves from the fringe extremists of Charlottesville. The concerns of White Supremacy was widespread now. The Antifa types knew about it beforehand. But post-Charlottesville it hit the "normies." It was also evident in a literal sense. Dump trucks were set up to prevent any potential car attack from happening again.
Antifa did work ahead of time, setting up highway displays to ward off incoming problematic people. The police were at MLK Park at the beginning of the event. They did their best to keep the peace, doing things like removing people with battle gear and stopping any fights that appeared. One Antifa whined about not getting any warning when the cops cuffed them. To be clear though, there were run-of-the-mill protesters there too. As in, not Antifa. People that participated for the stated purpose of "NO HATE" as advertised. At one point they all tried marching. "No Walls! No Registry! Stop White Supremacy," they chanted. Not as catchy as their usual "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA." The Far Left were certainly more emboldened. "Resist like it's 1933" displayed one sign. It's unfortunate things like that or creative political street art get lost in the chaos. The singing of political voices gets muffled. Sometimes with literal noise, in the case of Antifa whistling loud to nullify any hope for constructive conversations.
Then the arrests started getting more intense. Police assisted in pulling away injured people, like this photographer that Antifa presumably thought were MAGA. For some reason, three different professional cameramen all captured various stages of this attack. 1.) A single Far Leftie zeroes in on their prey. 2.) Multiple Far Leftists beat the man. 3.) Police carry the injured man away to safety.
But maybe they knew it was a photographer. "Don't take pictures," Antifa shouted at one point. Heck. Antifa didn't like any media people. "Take his camera, take his phone," they shouted at one journalist. They were also paranoid of folks possibly posing as reporters. In another noteworthy occasion, Berkeley police arrested a lady with a service animal. Yesania Mendez threw an apple at the cops and tried using her dog "as defense to evade arrest," reportedly.
But then the police were gone. One video shows Antifa forming a line with giant "NO HATE" shields, facing off against the cops. The Far Left like to break down all kinds of barriers. Especially the literal ones set up for protection during protests. Ask yourself. If they're "NO HATE" what about this Antifa guy pulverizing a victim that he thought was a "MAGA"? That happened. Attacking an individual is a step beyond the ceremonial burning of MAGA hats. It certainly ain't about discourse. Antifa celebrated their hostile takeover of the park. Chasing out people, including one transgender Trump supporter. Here's the Far Left mob that is Antifa, attacking a father and son, dragging them away. If that's not enough for you, here's Antifa assaulting a KTVU cameraperson. To top it all off we got a sky cam that captures the Far Left Antifa extremist swarm violently beating their prey. Antifa literally chased the police away from the park.
Berkeley police chief Andrew Greenwood defended how police handled the protest, saying they made a strategic decision to let the anarchists enter to avoid more violence.
13 people arrested. One of them was not Joey Gibson, despite what so-called journalist Jack Smith tweeted at the time. Gibson and others were assaulted by Antifa, and that led Joey to run towards the cops for safety. It's confirmed by police they cuffed him to help him escape. 4000 people attended according to the LA Times. A full timeline of the day's events is available at San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeleyside, and LA Times did a longer one about the events of that weekend. (Associated Press) (ABC) (Breitbart) (CBS) (Daily Mail) (Fox News) (LA Times) (NBC) (Newsweek) (NY Post) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (TMZ) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post)
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Bad optics, Antifa!
September 14th 2017: Ben Shapiro went to UC Berkeley to give a talk. Titled "Say No to Campus Thuggery." Antifa went to great lengths to prove Ben's point. "WE SAY NO TO YOUR WHITE SUPREMACIST BULLSHIT" barked one sign, regarding the Jewish political commentator. Angry students wrote messages in chalk to say Shapiro was not welcome. "YOUR 'FREE SPEECH' KILLS" said one. There was an army of police with pepper spray on hand. Even a bomb unit and SWAT. The school erected concrete barriers for the occasion. Metal detectors. Bank of America ATMs boarded themselves up in preparation for potential chaos. Same with some stores. People expected another riot. Public interest in attending was high. The lines to get into Ben's show were super long. The protesters were against a "fascist America." There was an obvious friction between attendees and naysayers. "Hey hey ho ho, white supremacists have got to go," they shouted. Three protesters were arrested even before Ben Shapiro began his show. One left-wing activist hijacked the police press conference to bash Shapiro.
"Free speech isn't free. It costs over $600,000 thanks to Antifa," Ben tweeted. At that price, it makes sense that Shapiro had helicopters flying above. There were at least 200 cops by one reporter's estimate. Yvette Felarca and BAMN were mentioned in the Milo section. They had a hand in organizing the protests against Shapiro, along with RefuseFascism.org and Sunsara Taylor. It was a total crowd of roughly 1000 people. Guess what? The talk went fine. “I have spent my entire career standing up to fascism,” Ben Shapiro told the crowd. “Antifa is fascist. I am not a fascist.” There were shouting matches outside. But it wasn't the end of the world. People were just on edge given the recent history of how chaotic protesting was in 2017. Nine people arrested. The full speech is in video and transcript form. (Al Jazeera) (CNN) (Daily Caller) (Daily Signal) (Fox News) (Los Angeles Times) (NBC) (RT) (The Hill) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Times)
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September 24th(ish) 2017: The failed "Free Speech Week" in Berkeley put on by Milo Yiannopoulos is largely forgotten about. But that makes it a perfect example of how the Far Left makes much ado about nothing. I name the day as the 24th because that's when Milo showed up to Sproul Plaza for 20 minutes to give a speech and left soon after. That was what the event boiled down to after a wave of drama scared speakers away.
A group of 35 to 50 people heard Milo speak. But there was a crowd of 700 to 800 people that showed up to whatever this was. Ann Coulter and Steve Bannon were supposed to appear. In Ann's case she seemed convinced the University was going to block the event, and therefore didn't bother following through on it. People on the schedule like: Charles Murray, Heather MacDonald, James Damore, and Michael Malice, were reportedly not even invited to begin with or turned the offer down. Gateway Pundit's Lucian Wintrich pulled out. Berkeley Patriot, the conservative campus group that was in charge of coordination, failed to get proper permits and other necessities required for the event. They ended up cancelling. “For the last few days, we’ve been concerned about threats the university had been making and the potential of violence,” Berkeley Patriot President Mike Wright told LA Times. A group of more than 200 professors and other university pupils tried organizing a boycott. “Words can be like rape — they can destroy you,” Professor Scheper-Hughes said to The New York Times. But Milo promised a show anyway. He laid a lot of the blame on the University's doorstep, but in response the school reassured the Washington Post they tried their best to accommodate. Berkeley's Mayor would've been a better scapegoat, honestly. He too tried getting the event cancelled.
"Try to be braver" an old school activist told Antifa. What? It's Going Down directing the Far Left mobs to harass right-wingers at restaurants ain't brave enough? Signal boosted by Christopher Mathias of HuffPost, as well!
I'm certain they didn't want to debate. "Punch a Nazi, stop yelling about it."
It cost the UC Police Department at least $800,000, and they ended up arresting eleven people even though no formal event happened anyway. "COPS OFF CAMPUS" read one protest banner. The protesters were an Antifa group known as Refuse Fascism. The now usual “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA" was heard. BAMN was there too. Milo/Trump supporters and Antifa shouted at each other. "These people don't give a damn about free speech. It's a cover for coming and legitimising and normalising fascism," said Refuse Fascism spokesperson Sunsara Taylor. “Immigrants’ rights are here to stay! Milo had to run away!" chanted the protesters after Milo left. With no boogeyman to yell at, the Far Left mob just wandered around town. By total coincidence, Millie Weaver of Info Wars had her car broken into.
A minority student spoke out against Antifa in a New York Times blurb:
I’m worried that groups like Antifa are going to come back and as a result, students who are just trying to get through the day will not only feel physically in danger, but will also feel a sense of frustration and anxiety and danger from the idea that “public funds” (a.k.a. the financial aid of innocent students) could be threatened as a result of the week’s activities.
The concern came up more than once. People were worried about property damages and wanted the charade to be over. It wasn't unfounded, seeing as Antifa leader Yvonne Felarca was arrested on charges of battery and resisting arrest at a Berkeley "empathy tent," during a follow-up event put on by Joey Gibson. At least two other men were arrested alongside her for carrying banned weapons and participating in a riot. “Let her go! Let her go!” devoted followers of Felarca chanted as police took her away. There were a few fights that day. The biggest thing I noticed was how much of a shadow Charlottesville still cast over everything. (Al Jazeera) (II) (Associated Press) (Berkeleyside) (Big League Politics) (Bloomberg) (Breitbart) (BuzzFeed) (Campus Reform) (CBS) (Daily Caller) (II) (III) (Fox News) (II) (III) (IV) (Gateway Pundit) (II) (III) (HuffPost) (KTVU) (Los Angeles Times) (II) (III) (Mother Jones) (NBC) (New York Times) (II) (III) (NPR) (NY Post) (QZ) (San Francisco Chronicle) (The Atlantic) (The Blaze) (The Hill) (II) (TIME) (Vanity Fair) (Washington Post) (WSJ)
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October 24th 2017: German Antifa attack a Generation Identity building in the city of Halle. Roughly 25 to 30 Antifa showed up to the house and pelted bricks at it. They even took a drill to the front door, and sprayed a foul smelling butyric acid inside. (Breitbart) (Einprozent)
November 30th 2017: FBI Director Christopher Wray told US lawmakers that they were investigating people influenced by "Antifa ideology." He said: "“We do have a very active domestic terrorism program, and while we're not investigating Antifa as Antifa — that's an ideology and we don't investigate ideologies — we are investigating a number of what we would call anarchist-extremist investigations where we have properly predicated subjects of people who are motivated to commit violent criminal activity on kind of an Antifa ideology.” It was after the fact of Charlottesville that we learned that law enforcement had eyes on Antifa since April 2016. Under the definition of being "anarchist extremists" hellbent on disrupting political rallies with violence. After Trump's election they were able to latch onto attacking his supporters for the long-term. So there was a Far Left there to officially blame. But along with that came the burden of motivation by the Far Right. “It was in that period [as the Trump campaign emerged] that we really became aware of them,” one law enforcement expert told POLITICO. “These antifa guys were showing up with weapons, shields and bike helmets and just beating the shit out of people. … They’re using Molotov cocktails, they’re starting fires, they’re throwing bombs and smashing windows.”
December 8th 2017: Spanish Antifa murder Barcelona native Víctor Laínez. Police arrested Rodrigo Lanza and say they assaulted him for his suspenders displaying the flag of Spain. Rodrigo had a record because he previously served five-years for leaving a Barcelona city guard quadriplegic. (Breitbart)
Here's what happened, translated from El Mundo:
According to the investigation, the two met last Friday in a bar of Heroism, a well-known drinking area of Zaragoza. Laínez wore her suspenders with the flag of Spain. Lanza, an attitude of not tolerating things like that and three friends by his side, a man and two women.First there were the cries of "faca" and "Franco" and then, when the victim tried to leave the bar, the aggression. Allegedly, Lanza struck Lainez in the head with a blunt object and, when the man fell to the ground, he was kicked by at least one other member of the group.Víctor Laínez entered the Zaragoza Clinical Hospital with very serious brain injuries from which he could not recover. He died yesterday after his family and friends could say goodbye to him.
January 20th 2018: I blame Claude Taylor for the attack on a 56-year-old man. This former associate of the Bill Clinton White House tweeted out the location for Mike Cernovich's A Night For Freedom event. "Please DO NOT share this address with anyone, even a friend, and do not post it on social media. We don't want people calling or emailing to harass the venue," the email says.
It was supposed to be a fun night. Something that recaptured the entertainment of Deploraball the year before. Instead of Washington DC though, A Night For Freedom happened at the FREQ Club in New York City. A saving grace of a place. Able to host at the last-minute after the first choice cancelled. Over 500 people attended. There were some lovely panels. Jared Holt, BuzzFeed, and HuffPost people were all in attendance. Apparently they like to torture themselves. Roughly 80 Antifa crashed the party and someone got hurt. People blamed Chelsea Manning after the fact, but upon looking into it that notion is baseless. The following day after the attack happened, Claude Taylor has the balls to deny responsibility. "Oh, puleeze. And what the hell is Antifa anyway?" Bullshit. An innocent man's blood is on your hands, Claude Taylor.
The assailant was Antifa member David Campbell, a 30-year-old from Brooklyn. David's assortment of charges: loitering, resisting arrest, assaulting a cop, possession of a weapon, and assault for strangling a guy. "I saw him hit the old man," a witness told NY Daily News. "One hit. He swung hard. He hit him hard. The old man's head hit the curb." The immediate aftermath of the attack was captured by Jonathan Levine. At the 3:40 mark you can see Antifa go crazy that Levine is filming. Two others suffered injuries. They tried jumping James O' Keefe as he was leaving. "These guys are f-----g terrorists," Cernovich said. It took nearly two years. But in October 2019 Campbell pleaded guilty and was given an 18 month prison sentence. (Breitbart) (BuzzFeed) (Gateway Pundit) (II) (Inquisitr) (International Business Times) (NY Daily News) (NY Post) (II)
February 2nd 2018: Jacob Rees-Mogg got sucked into a fight at University of West England as protesters showed up to ambush his speaking event. Student Witness Testimony: "There were about 300 people and the lecture theatre was full. It was the biggest political event at UWE ever. Suddenly 12 protesters wearing black balaclavas and masks burst in through an insecure back door. It was very intimidating for all of the students." Each side tried blaming the other. (Breitbart) (BBC) (Daily Mail) (Sky News) (The Guardian) (Independent)
March 3rd 2018: Roughly $100,000 in damage to shops on Locke Street in Hamilton, Ontario. Done by a group of Anarchists on a late night bender, as evidence points to a book fair meeting that happened earlier on. That's on top of photos and video evidence. Police report of the incident says there were no injuries but windows were shattered and vehicles were damaged by a group calling themselves "ungovernables." Anarchist Peter Hopperton was arrested for it the next month. (Global News) (CBC) (The Hamilton Spectator)
March 5th 2018: Sargon tried to have a talk with Yaron Brook at the King's College London. It didn't go over so good after Antifa ambushed the event. A video from Sargon covers the entire evening. They pulled a fire alarm and there was a brief scuffle in which Sargon ended up getting an Antifa flag as a trophy. Sargon's opponents accuse him of being an "alt-right mouthpiece" and boasted about shutting the event down. (Breitbart) (Daily Caller) (Reason) (Washington Examiner) (RT) (Daily Mail) (Telegraph)
March 5th 2018: Christina Sommers wanted to do an event at the Lewis and Clark Law School over in Portland, Oregon. The National Lawyer's Guild didn't like that idea. The local chapter put out a letter saying that her "free discourse" is a lie. That Sommers was somehow invalid because she supported MRAs and knew Milo Yiannopoulos. Christina Sommers was somehow fueling reactionaries by her simple critique of third-wave feminism. The National Lawyer's Guild led a protest at her event. Here's a YouTube video showing what this looked like. "Mic check. We choose. To protest. Male supremacy. Not give it. A platform. Christina Sommers. Has repeatedly. Delegitimized. The suffering of women. Worldwide. We believe. Our siblings. And our comrades. Women are not. Liars with victim mentalities. Rape culture is not a myth. Microaggressions are real. The gender wage gap is real." One girl had a "stay woke" jacket. The protest mob barraged Sommers with questions and screamed things like "WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?" at her. A so-called Diversity Dean present at the event forced Christina to cut her speech short. Andy Ngo documented the chaos of the evening. (Breitbart) (Campus Reform) (Daily Caller) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (National Review) (Reason) (Rebel Media) (Red State) (Twitchy) (Washington Examiner)
March 5th 2018: It was a big day for protests. Alongside Sargon and Sommers, Jordan Peterson did a talk at Queen's University that was heavily protested. It was called "The Rising Tide of Compelled Speech in Canada," and a group of 150 people worked hard to prove that point. This is compared to the roughly 900 attendees who gathered inside Grant Hall at Queen's University. Also, good marketing for Peterson's newly published book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. "Lock them in and burn it down" the protesters chanted. (Seriously. Here's proof of that.) A couple of people made their way into the lecture hall and jumped up on stage to interrupt the event.
One woman went around the side of the building hall where everyone was gathered, and broke a window. She fled the scene, resisted arrest, and police found a weapon in her backpack when they brought her in. "What terrible things are going through the mind of someone who brings a garrotte to a demonstration?" tweeted Dr. Peterson. The protest organizer, Claire Constance, told one media outlet it was racist to arrest the window attacker. “We must remember that Indigenous Peoples are unable to trust police given the police track record for anti-Indigenous violence," she said. Much of the vitriol and anger surrounding him in the first place came from his public opposition to Bill C-16, and the state-forced usage of gendered pronouns. (CTV News) (Daily Wire) (Globe and Mail) (Global News) (National Post) (Red State) (Toronto Sun) (Washington Examiner) (Whig Standard)
March 25th 2018: Antifa firebombs a Turkish mosque in Kassel, Germany. We know this because the group took credit for it and explained their motives. According to them, members of the far-right Great Unity Party of Turkey used that building. The big picture being this mosque arson happened because of the clash with the Turkish military in Northern Syria. (Breitbart) (hna.de)
April 14th/15th 2018: The attack at Sevenoaks isn’t a story you heard about in the papers. That’s because a group of Far Left Antifa mobbed Generation Identity at an ambush in a car park. Take a good look at them, they exist. Not something that the mainstream tends to look favourable on.
On Sat the 14th, GI was to have an international coming together of all of the different branches of their chapters. They had booked a venue in North London and had cooperated with the police fully in making it a safe event. At the last minute, the police pulled the rug. They said they found the event unnecessary and troublesome, much like the same rationale with which they banned @Lauren_Southern, @BrittPettibone and @Martin_Sellner from the country in the first place. Rather than cancelling the event, GI had a back up. Another secret venue. GI called in the unparalleled coordination, security and intel services of yours truly and a band of merry cohorts to help ensure the safety and success of the event. After all, a high tide rises all ships. We were happy to oblige. Antifa were not happy bunnies. An estimated 500 of them were dotted in tube stations all over London waiting to be given the location they ‘thought’ we were going to be at, i.e the first one, not realising we’d moved to a location outside London. Just outside. Rendering all their day travelcards useless.😢 The first half of the day went swimmingly, with a strenuous verification process weeding all undesirables & suspicious characters out. Once we’d done that, we headed to the real venue, 5 minutes away, in a place that will go down in the internet history book as... ‘Sevenoaks’... The event got off to a shaky start with a few technical problems, but just after lunch it found its groove & the audience of about 50 identitarian patriots, 25 @lads_alliance boys & a plethora of alt-media types such as @lucyfrown, @OpinionatedEuro & @ShmufkinTV being treated to some great speeches and videos. Networking abounded and all was peaceful in the land. That was until the inevitable leak in the boat passed on our location to assorted antifa types online who were quick to disseminate the info to all of their budding criminals. In the end, only about 25 antifa showed up. Scared, I guess. They waited for us in a nearby car park hoping to ambush us in a woefully miscalculated attack. They called the venue and harassed them and threatened them with damage to the building to the point where they asked us to wrap up early. So we did. We headed to the nearby pub to drink and be jolly. On the way, we saw the paltry ambush attempt and seeing an opportunity, took the fight to them. We squared up. They shat. And here, dear friends, is where it gets SPICY!
Half of the story here though, is the build up.
The Oppose Generation Identity Conference page on Facebook was a separate pop-up standalone hub. Early discussions included suggestions of poisoning the attendees. It was sparse when it came to individual input. One person simply asked for some directions. Another said they couldn't come but cheered the effort on nonetheless. The case of Andrew Ward is interesting, given how he supposedly previously threatened US activists with his firearms collection.
London Antifascists said "Don't comment saying you are attending or not," to foreshadow what was to come. Don’t want to incriminate themselves! Not everyone listened. "Are they definately there," wrote lawyer Matt Goldborough. What a coincidence that Mr. Goldborough has a past as one of Stand Up to Racism's advocates. Charles Polák, who works at the BBC, decided to out himself by sharing a video from the Opposing Generation Identity Conference page. "I incline to Georgism on taxation and general economic policy, but couldn’t disagree more about Antifa. Down with the Right!" Polák later wrote on Twitter. Most of the Antifa activists decided to keep a clean profile. An exception to this was Charlie Bayles. Who made his Far Left ideology clear in one of the discussions on his Facebook page.
In response to "do they deserve to be punched?" Charlie said the following:
Die-hard fascists (those who will turn out at every local rally to yell racist abuse and harm minorities) do not care for discourse, do not care for bridging divides, they believe in a ideology fostered upon violence towards "the other". Only harm nazis in self-defence and outnumber them at rallies, that's how to discredit their movement, disconnecting yourself from the conflict only allows their message to grow stronger. These folks are for ethnic genocide or 'cleansing', they shouldn't be treated the same way as climate-change deniers or neo-liberals, they must be physically confronted as physical confrontation is all they know.
When it came to the OPPOSE GI pop-up Twitter account, they used Hope not Hate's "research" to justify their charge. A Wordpress blog was made to help astroturf the scope of this effort. That, plus some GIFs. The positive of this Twitter account is that it gives us a glimpse as to the Far Left's activities overall with this ambush planning, via Twitter. Occupy SOAS and the Anti-Fascist Network handled advertising. Oppose GI hired a group called "Protest Stencil" to put up posters around the city. They depicted a fist punching the Generation Identity logo.
It managed to get the attention of American activist Daryle Lamont Jenkins, founder of One People's Project. Between the Antifa’s hit lists put out by Anti-Fascist Network and Oppose GI wishing for people to die, it's a wonder why. Plan C even had a 'Smash Nazi Hipsters!' banner unveiled. Everything was coming up ultraviolence. But to these people it was ok because Hope not Hate said these people were all bad. Explicitly so. Given how HnH's Joe Mulhall force-fed the report to Antifa groups and Oppose GI's page directly.
"Make no mistake - without opposition, #GenerationIdentity will continue to recruit young people to their fascist organization & empower the Far Right not only here in Britain, but abroad. Which side are you on?" tweeted Far Left Antifa activist Mike Stuchbery. He made a long rallying cry thread in order to drum up Antifa attention to the Oppose GI account.
The day of the 14th: the London Antifascists called out the specific location of where the mob was to go. Many did, James Poulter of VICE among them. He runs libcom.org and they advertised the Far Left’s opposition. Joe Mulhall also tweeted out the event location. So did Hope not Hate's official Twitter account. In fact, HnH taunted them about it. "The organisers at the @GeneratIdentity event, taking place at @StagSevenoaks, have just been griping to each other about the location of the conference being publicised. They'd probably be annoyed if a lot of people RT'd this."
Hope not Hate is the same outlet propped up by the Independent. Who was one of the only outlets that decided to write about the upcoming conference before it happened. They took quotes from Joe Mulhall in order to paint Generation Identity as a gang of white supremacists. Indeed, we're talking about the same guy who had inspired the Far Left opposition. “These are racial ideas that are much more extreme than something like the EDL would have ever posited. That’s why it’s so worrying – they look very moderate and respectable but they’re actually pushing a very extreme far-right ideology,” Mulhall said. The article makes it sound like Joe Mulhall is above getting dirty. But he’s not.
The Independent also advertised the Facebook event page where Antifa organized their call to violence. "Hi therem could I use this image in an article in the @Independent if I credit you? Thanks," tweeted the Independent's May Bulamn to Oppose GI. Completely ignoring the violence Antifa had planned.
Oppose GI broadcasted the location and followed up by intimidating the venue on Twitter. Other Antifa activists joined in. One Antifa guy even wanted to find out which hotel G.I.’s people from out-of-town were staying in. "Have fun," wrote Mark Malone.
Just to put it in context: Hope not Hate is the same so-called charity that otherwise claims to be peaceful. But ultimately their idea of "combating hate" is with violence. "The Generation Identity meeting is in Sevenoaks (right by the station). Barely London, but you can catch a train there from London Bridge in half an hour... Let's go Nazi hunting. Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ZZ @OpposeGI" said the Anti-Fascist Network Twitter.
How did Hope not Hate respond to the mob attack? They didn't bring it up at all. Meanwhile Oppose GI was gloating about how they shut the whole conference down. "A huge well done to all who worked to shut down the Generation Identity conference. Particularly @OpposeGI @ldnantifascists and all in @AntiFascistNetw. We are proud to know you *solidarity fistbump* #opposegi #antifa" wrote Kent Anti Racism Net who helped coordinate the assault. For causing head trauma and bleeding to one guy, Antifa James Larkin proudly declared "#Nazi #Fash met an unstoppable force #Kent bust his head 🤣 ✊🏼✊🏿✊🏾✊🏻✊✊🏽 #OpposeGI #AntiFa."
What happened at Sevenoaks was done within a matter of minutes, in terms of the physical confrontation. The lead up of it had the staff of The Stag working to shoo out the Generation Identity conference attendees. After the Antifa pressure managed to kick in and they felt like they had no other choice. So the GI group filtered back to the car parking lot where the Far Left mob was waiting. "FUCKING NAZIS ARE HAVING A CONFERENCE IN THE CAR PARK, EVERYBODY. THEY GOT KICKED OUT OF THEIR PUB! PEOPLE OF SEVENOAKS. FASCISTS IN THE CAR PARK! THEY GOT KICKED OUT OF THEIR PUB FOR BEING NAZIS! THEY'RE IN THE CAR PARK OVER HERE, EVERYBODY!"
What happens when you get two politically opposing groups next to one another, unsupervised? Fighting breaks out. Two blokes went at it one-on-one. As soon as that starts happening, you got each side motivated to jump in and help their respective members. A couple more Antifa show up from down the street, with one of them climbing over a railing yelling "HEY" and throwing a water bottle. GI's Damhait McKenna and an Antifa girl get into a tussle. One Far Leftie tried to sucker punch someone from behind, but the person they were after turned around just in time to notice. Before you know it, this car park had erupted into an all-out brawl. Something that climaxed with Lucy Brown on the ground with an Antifa girl named Lola. She was someone that didn't listen to Lucy outright saying "I DON'T WANT TO FIGHT YOU" when approaching her. Lola lost her bandana all meanwhile Lola ripped off a chunk of Lucy's hair.
It was then the police arrived to break it up. One Antifa man of color decided to scream "IM BLACK" as his mates pulled him away from the scene. Lucy accosted an Antifa woman who decided to bring her CHILD to this occasion (although some of the other Antifa members present did indeed look quite young). Again, Hope not Hate failed to mention any of this Antifa brawl in their report on the day's events. Even though photographers seemed to be in the area.
Nonetheless, the G.I. gang's morale remained unshaken that day.
It’s worth saying: the Hope not Hate “version” of events that would've been preferable to people like Lucy Brown. The Far Left Antifa mob didn’t need to come at all. Everyone would’ve just gone home from The Stag afterwards.
Three members on the right-wing side were later taken to court over the Sevenoaks affair. On the basis that the altercation "frightened" shoppers in the area. In the end the legal system bought into the narrative that Hope not Hate was selling. Despite the charity's involvement in that exact mob attack. The one where Antifa cheered at drawing blood.
And all of that happened in one day. What happened on the 15th?
The 120db movement as an offshoot of Generation Identity took cues from the #MeToo movement. In the vein that women's rights were important in the conversation of migration. A pattern of sexual abuse prevalent among refugees needed a lens shined upon it. But as you can imagine, the Far Left disagreed with this. "An all-white fascist group masquerading as feminists are coming to London," tweeted gal-dem magazine.
This Sunday, 120db are doing a Voices of the Forgotten Women talk at Speakers Corner in London’s Hyde Park and we need to be there to challenge them. The talk will be led by Annika Franziska, a founder of 120dB and member of Generation Identity, an equally abhorrent racist movement that, according to Hope Not Hate, calls for “ethnopluralism” – separating and segregating people along racial lines.
They accused 120dB of "LIES" and said the group was trying to capitalize on some kind of war against PoC. The Anti-Fascist Network, Oppose GI, Anti-Fascist Intel, and Kent Anti Racism Net got on their bullhorns again. To oppress a group of women with different opinions than theirs.
"Urgent call out for tomorrow. Don't let fascist group 120 Decibels preach hate in the name of feminism. See you at Speakers Corner at 10am," Kent Anti Racism Net tweeted. "Oi London! There are actual white supremacists on their way to Hyde Park! Are you gonna have that? Stop Generation Identity's faux #metoo spin off blaming migrants," wrote the Anti-Fascist Network.
At Speaker's Corner Antifa ran a counterprotest which they claim had over 100 attendees versus 120dB's 30 people. The 120dB crowd looked more organized. The Antifa crowd was a sea of masked faces standing around. Being loud. Their one guy who was banging drums got yelled at by police. They chanted things like “NAZI SCUM OFF OUR STREETS” and “BYE BYE GI.” When asked why they wear the masks? “I'm protecting my family,” said one guy wearing a mask. They had no interest in debate or discussion. “WE WANT TO TALK WHERE YA GOING?!?” Lucy said as the Antifa mob marched away from the police line.
The Far Left seemed to change their tune. Before the 15th they asserted "Generation Identity = bunch of rabid anti-feminist white supremacists pretending to give a shit about womens rights." But as the day happened they characterized GI as a small group of conspiracy nuts that left Hyde Park after half an hour. It didn't stop them from continuing to breathe down GI's necks anyway.
After the Speaker's Corner gathering, an Antifa scout named Madeleine Noor Baker followed the group to the Duke of York pub. Going as far as to take pictures of their location to report back to the Oppose GI account. Antifa soon arrived and boxed them into the building. At one point they had a mini-parade where they marched with a “SMASH GI SUPPORT ALL WOMEN ---> BERKS CREW” banner. According to Baker, the pub stopped serving the group and the police escorted them to the train station. "Genetation Identity escorted onto train and of town. Good. Fuck off," Madeline wrote. Afterwards, Antifa managed to "convince" the pub to donate to charity any money the GI group spent. Berkshire Antifa claimed victory. Although London Anti-fascists made it clear it was a group effort. "Generation Identity have just been escorted to Edgware Rd station and out of the area-thanks to everyone who showed solidarity and support this weekend @AntiFascistNetw @OpposeGI @geoffreyjewdas @KentAntiRacism @NorthLondonAF @weareplanc and anyone else we’ve missed," they tweeted.
If I was the Duke of York pub, I too would've felt compelled to donate. If I looked out my window and saw this group of masked thugs taking a photo op outside my establishment. The police of course had to deal with the Far Left crowd too. Antifa’s recollection of the day left that part out.
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May 6th 2018: Day for Freedom was billed as an event where those who were banned in the UK from various platforms had a chance to speak their mind. But it was also a show of one-upmanship on Tommy Robinson’s part. A chance to show this so-called “FAR RIGHT” side was a much more sensible group of individuals than what people were being led to believe.
Ultimately it worked out as much. To a greater or lesser extent.
Even prominent Far Left activist Mike Stuchbery couldn’t help but acknowledge the success of Day for Freedom from an “optics” standpoint. He was in awe at the level of work that went into the event. When it came to the stage and tight knit security involved in maintaining order. Tommy Robinson’s arrival was treated with a cavalcade of cheers and applause. Most surprisingly was Stuchbery’s admission that the event wasn’t some kind of Nazi rally. “You can't go suggesting that this was just a bunch of scared white dudes,” Mike tweeted.
That is to say, it was a pretty diverse crowd of supporters. Other Far Left talking heads tried to push it as a gathering of all racists. They were dismayed it was not. It definitely was not. That didn’t stop Guardian from making a leap of conclusions to the contrary, anyway. One of their opinion piece commentators characterized Day for Freedom as a “trojan horse” for the so-called Far Right to become mainstream. Thankfully independent journalists like Tim Pool were there to pick up the MSM’s slack.
It was the big event of right-wing politics. Being able to formally stamp a new face on the “narrative” that UK media were trying to push. The arrival of Martin Sellner launching a new branch of Generation Identity in the country threw politics into a tizzy. The Far Left was on the backend of things, as a cavalcade of events threw a wrench into the old norms. Brittany Pettibone, Martin Sellner, and Lauren Southern were all unceremoniously exiled from the UK. Their crime being their mere association with Tommy Robinson, more or less. In a more broader sense they all got detained and deported based on their criticism of Islam. Robinson was able to turn it into an opportunity though. He made a big show of going to Speaker’s Corner and sharing Sellner’s speech he had planned to give in the first place, and was prevented from doing so by the authorities.
When Generation Identity tried to have their first conference the following month, they were assaulted by: Hope not Hate, bad actors in the UK media, and a swarm of violent antifa extremists. Tommy Robinson’s cameralady Lucy Brown faced the brunt of it. Such a shock to the system by the Far Left was a wake-up call that they’d do whatever was necessary to shut up their political opposition.
The assertion that the Far Left Antifa crowd would get extreme at Day for Freedom was backed up with evidence. Namely the fact that the Brighton Antifascists were having their second annual "Physical Resistance" martial arts tournament. Attendees were invited to stay an extra day for the sake of showing up to Tommy Robinson’s Day for Freedom event.
VICE being generous in their Antifa coverage released a documentary video of Left Hook Brighton just a week beforehand. Seeing Far Left group members flat-out state they don’t trust the police, and that everyone who isn’t a vehment anti-fascist must be a fascist, all leaves little to the imagination. On that basis, the thought that people criticizing Islam doesn’t make them a racist was unheard of.
People attending Day for Freedom had a solid sense of what to expect from Antifa. Their crowd wasn't exactly up for a public dialogue.
“Dear @BBCNews I was delivering a pizza to Downing Street earlier and ran into this huge crowd stretching back all the way up Whitehall and beyond. Yet, nothing on news. Any idea what it was all about?” tweeted Martin Knight.
Even now, it’s surreal to me seeing Martin Sellner and Lauren Southern’s faces on a massive TV screen in front of a huge rally crowd. But former Breitbart editor Raheem Kassem flashed images of Theresa May and Sadiq Khan. He told the crowd they were “the rebellion” against their leadership. You’d be an idiot to call Kassem a white supremacist given the man’s dark complexion.
Ali Dawah is an Islamic activist that had previously clashed with YouTuber Lauren Southern on the issue of immigration. Ali called out the Day for Freedom organizers on Twitter:"if you don't invite me to your event, you're a bunch of free speech hypocrites!" At first Tommy’s people said no. But Tommy came in and told his group to book him. Facebook posts saying "YES Dawah is coming" or "NO Dawah is NOT coming" were made and deleted. To the confusion of the public. A photo posted by Count Dankula shows that Ali Dawah was indeed on the schedule. But Tommy changed his mind at the last minute and blamed the fallout on Lucy Brown. What fallout? Ali Dawah showed up and brought his mate Mohamed Hijab with him. Given the confusion surrounding that, a contingent of drunk FLA guys ganged up on both Dawah and Lucy Brown, who had approached Ali Dawah to try and debate. The FLA group got physical towards Dawah and the police had to break it up. They escorted Ali and Mohamed to safety.
Sargon of Akkad expressed his disappointment Dawah couldn’t come up on stage as initially planned. I too condemn it.
The long standing tradition of the UK political establishment was not giving Tommy Robinson the time of day in terms of acknowledgement. It was easier to paint him as “fringe” that way. Former leader of UKIP Gerard Batten made that untenable. Recent events in the months prior had caught Batten’s eye, and at the time UKIP was seen as the best potential hope of getting Brexit accomplished. So his bond with Tommy Robinson was mutual in that sense. They were on familiar enough terms by the time of Day for Freedom. Mr. Batten felt more than comfortable with being one of the main speakers. The best point in his speech was emphasizing the need for people to organize politically in order to get their message out to the world. Batten wasn’t alone. District Councillor Jack McLean attended. Someone spotted UKIP's London regional chairman Freddy Vachha shaking hands with folks. UKIP Mid Sussex Chairman Chris French described the day as "fantastic & peaceful."
Anne-Marie Waters spoke at Day for Freedom. She was emblematic of the whole point of the event given the fact she was forced to step down as a candidate for the For Britain party. Under the pretense that any criticism of Islam as an ideology is somehow hate speech. This in the UK is backed up by a set of vague draconian “hate speech laws” that oftentimes led people to self-censor. Out of fear. The speech by Waters made these points and wasn’t solely just some baseless “crucifixion” of Muslims as people. It was about wanting a truly free country again for Britain. Another female speaker at Day for Freedom was Shazia Hobbs. When it comes to diversity, not only was she a girl, but a Pakistani one at that! Alas, critcizing Islam meant all of that leftist leniancy was thrown out the window. Shazia Hobbs indeed took comfort in the hopes of what Donald Trump represented. That’s because the alternative was Sadiq Khan. London’s mayor used one of Shazia’s tweets (despite denial from London officials) to depict Hobbs as some kind of hateful person. It’s no wonder she used her speech to criticize the UK’s grooming gang problems and the haphazard focus of the police to crackdown on online comments instead.
There’s a million and one different reasons as to why Milo Yiannopoulos attended Day for Freedom. But for our purposes here he’s best described as the pioneer of angering the Far Left to protest in the United States. He still had a way with words: “Truth and righteousness are behind you. You are the vanguard, you are the dark nights, the first men and women to proudly stand with your heads above the parapet, caring nothing for the bullets that come your way and I salute you.”
Former VICE founder Gavin McInnes was in attendance. People tend to forget that part of Gavin’s life. Instead labeling him as the Proud Boys founder first and foremost so it’s easier for the left to politically persecute him. A YouTuber by the name of Count Dankula was there. With bagpipes. He earned a spot as one of the event’s main speakers due to the controversy surrounding him teaching his dog to do a Hitler salute on command. Longtime YouTuber Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad) was one of Day for Freedom’s main speakers. He had long since caught the ire of the Big Tech establishment ever since the heyday of Anita Sarkeesian and GamerGate. So much so in fact that Twitter booted him off. What Carl talked about in his speech was the slope of how not being able to criticize Islam fed into identity politics which in turn became the foundation of “curated speech” on Big Tech platforms.
“Free Speech isn’t owned by the Right, it isn’t owned by the Left, and it certainly isn’t owned by the fucking government” said Count Dankula.
He had a point. It’s something that you could see the crowd fighting against. Day for Freedom was a free speech event. Tommy Robinson advertised it as much. The beginner’s stage of understanding were the folks who held up signs like “NO TO SHARIA LAW.” To which the Far Left cry as racism. The same sort of shaky grounds that led to the deportation of Brittany Pettibone, Martin Sellner, and Lauren Southern. Which brings folks up to the next stage. Those holding up the sort of signs that say “WAKE UP BRITAIN STOP CENSORSHIP OF THOUGHT.” It’s at this point the fuller picture becomes clear. The crackdown on anything deemed “hate speech” by the E.U. being a push for social cohesion. Therein meaning the European leadership in Brussels trying to flex and maintain their political power. Something seen in the final stage of signs saying “THE ESTABLISHMENT ARE UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY” and t-shirts with “IM TURNING MY BACK ON THE EU” written on the rear.
Tommy Robinson went out on a limb to include a drag performer at the event. Worthwhile to make the point about diversity of opinions and perspectives. For a crowd that was presumably going to boo Vanity von Glow, they did the opposite and cheered her on. Vanity’s immediate involvement went off without a hitch. In the days after the fact, however, it’s a different story.
Vanity von Glow was shunned for their involvement in the Tommy Robinson event. "London queer venue @Her_Upstairs posts statement saying it will no longer book drag performer Vanity von Glow who sang at yesterday’s #DayforFreedom free speech event," said one tweet. The reasoning behind it was the venue saw it as some kind of tacit endorsement of Robinson’s politics. In Vanity’s statement, they had a lot to say. It was clearly a freedom of speech matter to her and clearly done from that aspect alone. The capacity to disagree civilly is the only reason LGBT acceptance was able to flourish, they wrote.
You’d have to be willfully obtuse in order to extrapolate nefarious meaning out of what Day for Freedom was all about. “WE ARE HERE TO DEFEND YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH” is what the main sign read. Even so, to some, such a sign meant that “the nazis are on the march.” This completely ignores placards with “FREE SPEECH IS A CIVIL RIGHT” and “MORE FREE SPEECH NOT LESS” written on them. Lo and behold the main sign hoisted up by the Far Left counterprotest was “TOMMY ROBINSON FUCKING LIAR.”
The lying they are referring to is the notion that Tommy Robinson was somehow not putting on a free speech focused event. This being the same place where Tommy and the authorities allowed Antifa their right to counterprotest. At the same event where the Antifa crowd tried to intimidate their political adversaries. "Giving the DFLA and Tommy Robinson the welcome they deserve. Nazi scum off our streets!" tweeted the trade union protester.
In Tommy Robinson’s speech he talked about a 16-year-old lad who went to Speakers’ Corner to debate Ali Daweh. Apparently within the week before Day for Freedom, counter-terrorism officials from UK’s PREVENT program showed up at his house over it. Over his opinions on Islam. Although it never went anywhere in the long run, it was bold for Tommy Robinson to say he was taking Twitter to court. The real message behind his speech was that it was crazy so many people had to turn up to this event in order to stand for free expression.
There was supposed to be a large Far Left Antifa crowd there. The Anti-Fascist Student Network (AFSN)/Plan C London/London Antifascists/Anti-Fascist Network put out a rallying call on social media (Facebook) to mobilize their army of activists. Antifa were out to disrupt an event they saw as “some nationalist bullshit.” There’s testimony that shows the Far Left harassed Day for Freedom attendees. Incredibly ironic since the likes of the union crowd tweeted “with my @RMTunion family shouting across the barriers. They are not alt right! Their fascists! They think some peoples lives are worth more than others."
Of course there was some Far Left Antifa mob action. Brought to you by RT’s UK branch, who had the good foresight to livestream the day. The first 38 minutes of which shows the police line holding them back. The authorities on scene didn’t want any funny business or roughhousing from anyone. They even brought horses. Livestream highlights happen at around the fourteen and fifteen minute marks as the mob tries to break through. “NAZI SCUM OFF OUR STREETS” they shout in a pillar of smoke. They wanted so much to break through and get in a scuffle with the DFLA. But to no avail. By the seventeen minute mark the cops have them contained.
We know Antifa were frustrated thanks to remarks made by anarchist journalist Lisa Mckenzie. "Utterly disappointed. 10 of us confronted the Tommy Robinson free speech rally while the left were half a mile away singing 'Whose streets our streets' while kettled in by the police," Lisa tweeted.
Ten? I was told by Stand Up to Racism there were hundreds. Apparently not. The truth was the Far Left was intimidated by the vast crowd size. “It’s really worrying that there’s a load of people there and not all that many of us. This cannot come to London and there be more of them than us,” said an Antifa named Freddi.
Lisa Mckenzie was there on the protest line. Mckenzie’s crowd had different interpretations as to what free speech meant. It’s worth pointing her out because it demonstrates an inner-faction distinction of tactics by left-wing groups. This is what Lisa had to say about the Stand Up to Racism crowd: “They were half a mile away singing out of earshot. And shouting slogans that had little meaning. Taking selfies of themselves at the demo. This is out dated, and inefficient.”
Stand Up to Racism projected as if their crowd was an entirely peaceful and well-meaning group. Posturing that they were the very antithesis of the “evil” they claimed Tommy Robinson represented. They got video footage of DFLA people “trying to attack anti racists” after all. Clearly Tommy’s crowd were the bad guys! Right? Not quite. SUTR is the type of organization that leaves details out. "One counter-protester wasn’t too fond of cameras..." wrote Twitter user @scoopdiwoop. He filmed one Far Leftist trying to intimidate an independent cameraman. The Antifa crowd didn’t like people recording them if they weren’t one of their own folks doing it. That’s how they control their online reputation.
I’m not afraid to admit that there was ugliness on both sides. But this whole effort is to point out what was overlooked. For example, there was a pub attack by Antifa after the main event. "The tables were quickly tidied but the smashed glass remained everywhere after the #Antifa attack in the pub, shortly after the #DayForFreedom event," someone tweeted with picture evidence.
"At a pub, ANTIFA just bike-locked a guy’s head. His head is dripping with blood. This is how they treat peaceful people just trying to have a drink," wrote former Breitbart writer Charlie Nash. It was a firsthand account. There’s a picture of the back of the victim’s head. Warning for those with sensitive eyes, but you can see the gory damage here.
Apparently Lisa Mckenzie’s definition of “inefficient” was rectified by having Antifa commit an evening of ambush assaults.
Everyone was enjoying themselves and having a drink at a pub when we noticed a guy walk through the crowd outside covered in blood. He told us that he had been assaulted with a bike lock by some Antifa guys and was then rushed into the back of the pub where his wounds were covered up. An ambulance and the police came pretty fast and he was taken away to the hospital.
The tweets made by Mr. Nash have been deleted. But the reason for that is the Far Left Antifa extremists threatened him for reporting on the attack. Another Antifa girl, Madeleine Baker, spent the day documenting attendees and speakers she saw as Nazis.
Ms. Baker proves the point that Antifa ain’t about freedom of speech whatsoever. "The power supply to their huge fuck off platform is unguarded if anyone fancies a mission #FUCKOFFTOMMY," Baker tweeted. Attached to the tweet was a picture of the stage's power generator backstage. The Anti-Fascist Network twitter account gave a retweet stamp of approval to the idea.
One Far Leftie, Chris Brosnahan, got into a huff and puff that there wasn’t a large crowd at Day for Freedom. His proof of that was a snapshot of the early crowd that showed up way before the main event started. Other amateur reporters clearly marked their pictures of the crowd between the early birds in contrast to the peak of the day. A more apt comparison would be showing the large right-wing crowd versus the far left trickle of a counterprotest. In all fairness, folks were tweeting out wildly varying estimates. What was it? 800? 1800 to 2000? Or was it the 8000 total cited by a UKIP official? Maybe 10,000? It seems fruitless to entertain such calculations. What we can clearly see is the Day for Freedom crowd was pretty darn big.
To further refute Chris Brosnahan’s assertion it’s worth considering how the procession progressed. A crowd of people initially congregated at Speaker’s Corner, seeing as how that’s the place where this saga started. From there they marched out and onward through London. Eventually they linked up with everyone else at Whitehall. Even when the main crowd started to taper off, their numbers were still far superior to the counterprotest’s best efforts. “Just a few hundred have turned out to oppose,” wrote The Guardian’s Damien Gayle. Among them were the likes of Graham Linehan. A comedian who would later be ostracized by the Far Left community for his views on transgender people.
Given their small group size it was easy for the police to keep the counterprotest away from Day for Freedom’s main stage. The Antifa crowd was motivated by Hope not Hate’s saber rattling. If you glance through their thread of event coverage, you’d find zero mention whatsoever of the free speech theme. Instead they painted a fantasy that the main focus of the rally was some kind of attack against Islam. Lazily, Hope not Hate outsourced their on the ground reporting to a guy named Tony McMahon. Who couldn’t find much. What little fighting he did film was apparently not enough for Hope not Hate to run with. The Evening Standard didn’t mind though. They apparently thought it was gold.
If you surveyed the British general public, odds are very few of them would know what the nation of Kekistan was. That’s because it’s imaginary. It’s an invention of Sargon of Akkad that simply represents the metaphorical nation of internet meme culture. To the delight of some and the horror of others, the Kekistan flag was on display at Day for Freedom. If we were to humor the Far Left crowd, it’d be by asserting that the Union Jack flag being flown everywhere at the rally is somehow a “gross overt display of nationalism.” Am I playing their game correctly? There were Generation Identity flags, For Britain flags, and Canada flags as well. What nefarious plots are there behind holding up lobsters and one guy dressing up like a wizard? The pug symbology on display is an easy one. It’s clearly a reference to Mr. Hitler because Count Dankula made that joke one time. Therefore Tommy Robinson ran a hate rally.
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June 3rd 2018: Both Patriot Prayer and Antifa planned rallies. The latter's was put together by a couple of groups: Direct Action Alliance and Empower Portland. Patriot Prayer's protest was titled “Tiny’s Freedom March." It was apparently a farewell event for group member Tiny, as he was soon returning home to Samoa. The opposition, titled "Call to Resist Patriot Prayer Bringing Nazis to Portland." People, and you reading, are used to seeing this by now. These events include the usual standoff: the Left and Right staring each other down, separated by the cops. "FUCK ANTIFA" one t-shirt declared. In what's supposed to be a demonstration of First Amendment rights, devolving into a war brawl where blood is spilled and blows exchanged. With Antifa burning the American flag. Joey Gibson was there. Some chick named Haley Adams was there. She ends up hosting a #HimToo rally later in the year.
"30 or so rightwingers and around 200 leftwingers exchanged blows, streams of pepper spray and insults," says The Guardian's Jason Wilson.
"Officers have observed multiple fights at today’s events. People are encouraged to leave the area for their safety due to the violent behavior of demonstrators at Terry Schrunk Plaza and Chapman and Lownsdale Squares," said Portland Police. They don't sound thrilled to have to deal with this crap again. Their job is to act like Shepards all day: separating a pack of innocent gazelles or sheep separate from the wolves. Which animal representing which group all depends on your political outlook. They bicker and argue. Freelance journalist Mikeford Biziths captured the spiraling rabbit hole of the day's spectacle. The difficulty Portland Police had when keeping both sides apart, pepper spray coming out, one fight, two fights, Antifa throwing things like rocks. Yes. Antifa threw rocks at the political opponents. If it sounds like "same old, same old" by now, you're not alone. At least one Proud Boy was tired of this too. How often can people get hit in the back of the head and pepper sprayed a dozen times? The cops made four arrests (two from each side) and confiscated the usual sort of fireworks and weaponry. One guy shouted "IM COMPLIANT" as the police hauled him off. All the day did was further fuel propaganda and tensions. (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (IB Times) (NBC) (Newsweek) (KOIN) (Portland Mercury) (OregonLive) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (Willamette Week)
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June 12th 2018: There was a by-election in Lewisham East, over in the UK. They held something called a "hustings," which to translate into American means a town hall sort of meeting. An angry mob of 150 Antifa, with the coordination of an organization called "Stand Up To Racism," disrupted the event. Interlopers barged in to disrupt a speech by UKIP's David Kurten, accusing him of being racist. “Last night’s episode when the Lewisham East by-election hustings were closed down by a far-left mob was a chilling event reminiscent of Hitler’s brownshirts who used violence and intimidation to shut down opposition parties and opponents,” he told Breitbart London. The Labour candidate Janet Daby didn't even bother to show up to debate because she believed that would tacitly legitimize the "Far Right." "83-year-old Doreen came down to ask a question at the #lewishameast #hustings but didn’t get a chance," reported a journalist. Witnesses say they feared how violent the protesters were willing to get. "They pushed an old man with a walking stick to the ground, and spat in a young girl’s face.” Which brings us to what motivated the Antifa protest in the first place: Ann Marie Waters. She was invited to the event being the For Britain party candidate, and the Far Left wanted to make sure Ann couldn't even get in the door. The protest worked. The police had to shut the hustings down because of the public disorder that was happening outside the building. "To get to the venue we had to literally fight our way through," said one witness. Protesters actively attempted to block people from filming them. (Breitbart) (Rebel Media) (Socialist Worker) (Westmonster)
June 19th 2018: Trump's Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen was targeted at a Mexican restaurant. She was the target of far left outrage as the press made her the "face" of family separation at the U.S./Mexico border. People petitioned for her to resign.The protester ambush was organized by the Washington DC Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the DC branch of the Industrial Workers of the World union. One DSA member involved, Allison Hrabar, worked at the Justice Department as a paralegal specialist. “If kids don’t eat in peace, you don’t eat in peace,” the mob yelled at Nielsen. “We will not stand by and let Secretary Nielsen dine in peace, while she is directing her employees to tear little girls away from their mothers and crying boys away from their fathers at our border.” The Department of Homeland Security acknowledged the encounter via Twitter. Around the same time, Peter Fonda lashed out and said Kristjen Nielsen should be whipped naked in public. At least one outlet took an activist stance justifying what this mob did to Nielsen. (ABC) (BBC) (BPR) (Business Insider) (CBC) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Fox News) (NBC) (NPR) (New York Times) (NY Mag) (Raw Story) (RealClearPolitics) (Refinery29) (TIME) (TMZ) (USA Today) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Times)
June 22nd 2018: It didn't even take a physical mob of sorts to get former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant. "Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so," Sanders tweeted. The waiter serving them confirmed that the owner asked Sanders and her family to leave. In a Washington Post interview, Red Hen co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson said she got a call at home from one of the chefs. Reportedly the staff were "concerned" about Sarah's presence. But the political motivations of this were clear. Wilkinson asked Sanders to leave because Sarah defended Trump's desire to ban transgender people from serving in the military. People unleashed their positive/negative reactions on the online review pages. Trump tweeted his displeasure. Sarah Sanders got Secret Service protection in the immediate aftermath. Stephanie Wilkinson had to step down from the Main Street Lexington group because of the controversy. (BBC)(CBS) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Daily Mail) (Deadline) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (Gizmodo) (HuffPost) (Mediaite) (Mother Jones) (NBC) (Newsweek) (NPR) (NY Mag) (NY Post) (Raw Story) (Refinery29) (Reuters) (RT) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (The Independent) (TMZ) (USA Today) (Washington Times)
June 23rd 2018: The infamous Maxine Waters speech that many people attribute as a motivator the far left aggression. She said the following in the middle of a rant about Trump's immigration policy. "Already you have members of your cabinet that have been booed out of restaurants, who have protesters taking up at their house, who say 'NO PEACE, NO SLEEP. NO PEACE, NO SLEEP.' And guess what? We're gonna win this battle [...] God is on our side."
Maxine encouraged people to continue this approach. "If you see ANYBODY from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you GET OUT and you CREATE A CROWD. AND YOU PUSH BACK ON THEM, AND YOU TELL THEM THEY'RE NOT WELCOME!"
June 25th 2018: It didn't take long for people to put Maxine's rhetoric into practice. Mitch McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, were targeted one evening as they were leaving a business meeting in Georgetown. One of the ringleaders, Roberto, posted a video of the encounter on Twitter. Another angle was captured by a nearby journalist. A group of protesters blasted audio of immigrant children crying to make a point about the family separation debacle allegedly happening in Trump's immigration policy. "Why don’t you leave my husband alone?” Elaine says, defending her husband. “How do you sleep at night?” a member of the mob barked back. The two couldn't even reach their car without help from security guards pushing protesters away. “I’m not trying to disrespect you, but why is he separating families?” someone asked Chao. "He's not!" she shouted back. It came out that Roberto was an intern at United We Dream, which in itself is an initiative by the National Immigration Law Center, which in turn receives funding from the Open Society Foundations. (ABC) (BPR) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Caller) (Daily Mail) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (HuffPost) (IJR) (NBC) (NY Post)(Raw Story) (RT) (SPLINTER) (The Blaze) (The Cut) (The Hill) (The Independent) (The Week) (Town Hall) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post) (Washington Times) (USA Today) (Zero Hedge)
June 28th 2018: Generation Identity UK leader Tom Dupré knocked down by punch from Antifa. A gang of Far Left kicked him while he laid there unconscious on the ground. His face was bloodied and he almost got ran over by a bus.
June 30th 2018: Antifa and Patriot Prayer/Proud Boys have a rematch in Portland, after clashing at the beginning of the month. “Freedom and Courage Rally" was the name of Patriot Prayer's event. "Defend PDX: Patriot Prayer's Violence Must End" said Rose City Antifa's Facebook event page.
But history calls it The Battle of Portland. The rally itself started at 4:00 PM. Things started getting crazy at some point by 6:00 pm, leading to a riot declaration by 6:05. The out-of-towners were back on buses by 7:30 PM.
Beyond the clash with Patriot Prayer, the general political issues shifted from protesting white supremacy and more towards Trump's immigration policies. Patriot Prayer had a permit to march. It was supposed to be a more formal, significant gathering. People came in from all over the country for this one. For one brief shining moment, Patriot Prayer got that marching they were looking for. There were speeches, prayers, songs.
It all went down at Terry Schrunk Plaza, with more than 100 members on each side of the skirmish. You can clearly see in the footage that Antifa threw the first flash grenade. Slate agrees with me. It's after that the two sides collide. Several have noted the case for self-defense on Patriot Prayer's part. Obviously the point still stands: both factions punched and kicked the shit out of each other. The riot police called it a dynamic situation. In a newer strategy, Antifa set up makeshift battleground barricades against Patriot Prayer. This was a war, after all. Complete with loud "BOOM" noises. Antifa considers Portland their territory.
"Police are now declaring this event a riot. People must leave the area immediately," Portland Police tweeted. For context, not complying with the fuzz at this point is a fast-track to getting arrested. The cops had to clarify they did not use tear gas, but something called "aerial distraction devices" instead. One poor bastard got hit straight in the face with riot munitions.
We didn't just have standard riot police. The Department of Homeland Security's people were involved with this one. Likely since Terry Schrunk Plaza is a federal park. DHS shot less-lethal rounds at Antifa. "They were throwing rocks, they were throwing bottles, you need to tell the truth," one older MAGA lady said. Eggs and garbage were thrown too. Garbage can lids too. A Patriot Prayer fella got maced.
“Today was good in terms that we showed that there’s a political move right now to have the police stand down in order to impact free speech in some of these big cities. Portland’s the last city on the West Coast that’s doing that, so we just have to keep hitting it — I don’t see what else to do other than that. We’ll make Portland so ugly in terms of how they allow these protesters to charge us when we have a permit. The police stood down, we were told they would not stand down, so we have to challenge it,” Joey Gibson told KOIN.
Four people were injured. One Patriot Prayer guy had "his face busted open." Four were also arrested, including Patriot Prayer's Tiny. But in this case the police clarify they were for larger investigations that started earlier than the events of that day. But of course the boys-in-blue seized weapons they came across during the riot. Patriot Prayer felt betrayed by the cops in light of their permit being revoked.
In Al Jazeera's and HuffPost's cases, they depict Patriot Prayer as aggressors even though Antifa vowed to fight them. "It is very important that antifascists keep up the pressure so that we can stop them once and for all," It's Going Down wrote. (Al Jazeera) (Big League Politics) (Breitbart) (CBS) (Daily Mail) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (HuffPost) (KATU) (