'Antifa' Is Literally Never Mentioned in the First Prosecutions of Protest Violence - 2020-06-05

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F375.png 'Antifa' Is Literally Never Mentioned in the First Prosecutions of Protest Violence June 5, 2020, William Bredderman, Daily Beast

For all the implications by President Trump and Attorney General William Barr that "antifa" "terrorists" have hijacked protests against institutional police racism, none of the 22 criminal complaints representing the first wave of protest charges mention antifa in any way.

One case references anarchism as a motivating ideology, not anti-fascism. Another high-profile one in Las Vegas references the so-called "Boogaloo" far-right trend of provoking a race or civil war.

But the early charges do not indicate that antifascist motivations have provoked the violent activity that the Trump administration and its allies have spent the better part of a week attributing to it. With Barr at the helm of the protest response, the administration has tasked the FBI's counterterrorism partnerships with state and local police, known as Joint Terrorism Task Forces, with finding "extremists" and "agitators" within the protest movement.

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