Rightwing vigilantes on armed patrol after fake rumours of antifa threat - 2020-06-06
rural areas of America have led rightwing vigilantes to carry out armed patrols of small cities and towns in the western United States and beyond.
In some cases, local activists planning peaceful protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and in protest at the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer have been inundated with death threats.
Since Donald Trump tweeted recently that antifa would be declared a terrorist group, the term has gained broader currency on the American right and is seen as a dire threat. In fact, it simply means "anti-fascist" and is used to describe a wide spectrum of leftist and anarchist groups and individuals. It has no existence as a separate organization.
The FBI has said there is "no evidence". NBC News has reported of antifa involvement in violence linked to the Floyd protests and one supposed antifa group posting violent rhetoric on the internet was in fact linked to white supremacists.