Undeserved praise for Antifa’s thugs
Antifa members and counter protesters gather during a right-wing No-To-Marxism rally on Aug. 27, 2017 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Berkeley, Calif. (GETTY IMAGES/PHOTO)
The tables have turned for a group of masked anarchists who claim to be protecting our society from the threat of a fascist takeover.
They call themselves “Antifa” — short for anti-fascists — and they’ve been showing up at rallies and forming counter-protests to stop right-wing groups across North America.
Far from vigilante heroes, however, Antifa has been exposed as a mob of violent and radical leftists who attack anyone who gets in their way.
Following the violence in Charlottesville, VA, Antifa was praised and celebrated in the mainstream media and by politicians across the political spectrum.
High profile Republicans like Mitt Romney, John McCain and Marco Rubio absolved Antifa of any wrongdoing.
McCain claimed they were simply “Americans standing up to defy hate and bigotry.”
Hillary Clinton’s campaign spokesman attempted to legitimize Antifa, comparing these masked radicals to Allied soldiers who fought against the Nazis during WWII.
Rubio went further, validating Antifa’s violent tactics when it came to combatting white supremacists.
In Canada, several journalists jumped on the Antifa bandwagon.
Former Sun columnist Warren Kinsella said, “the only ones who should oppose Antifa are fascists” and another former Sun columnist, Michael Coren, said that “condemning Antifa is wrong.”
There’s a problem, however, for those who defend this group.
Anfita’s central belief is that violence is the only way to stop fascism.
They claim that neo-Nazis and white supremacists use hate speech that leads to violence, and therefore the use of force is necessary to stop the spread of fascism.
Accordingly, they cover their faces with black masks so they can be violent and commit crimes with impunity.
Since the Charlottesville clash, Antifa thugs have engaged in violence and vandalism in Boston, Quebec City and this past weekend in Berkeley, Calif.
In Quebec, a political group called Le Meute held a rally to protest illegal immigration and the government’s mishandling of the crisis along the border.
Quebec City police said Le Meute’s rally was “peaceful and orderly,” but the same cannot be said about the violent mob that showed up to oppose them.
The counter-protest digressed into a riot, and Antifa thugs began setting fires, vandalizing private property and pelting police officers with smoke bombs, fireworks and glass bottles.
One man, who was carrying a Quebec flag, was brutally assaulted with bricks.
Another man, a journalist covering the protests for Global News, was thrown down a flight of stairs and his cameraman’s camera was smashed.
An anonymous letter posted later on an anarchist website defended the use of violence against police and journalists.
Likewise, the violent riot last weekend in Berkeley was unprovoked.
Antifa thugs attacked peaceful demonstrators and any bystanders who got in their way.
Antifa members popularized the idea it was okay to “punch a Nazi”.
But this is a slippery slope. When there were no Nazis to be found, Antifa began punching conservatives, police officers, journalists and anyone else who questioned their militant tactics.
As the Sun’s Lorrie Goldstein pointed out, “the ‘Antifa’ movement has always had at its core a group of masked violent thugs who delight in assaulting innocent people and destroying property.”
There is no room for political violence in our free society.
We should work out our differences through speech, reasoned debate and peaceful demonstrations — not brute force.
Just as conservatives universally condemned the alt-right after Charlottesville, it’s now the left’s turn to condemn and disavow the violent anarchists in Antifa.