Small-town vigilantes duped into standing guard for Antifa 'bus invasion' hoax - 2020-06-08

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F0.png Small-town vigilantes duped into standing guard for Antifa 'bus invasion' hoax June 8, 2020, Josh K. Elliott, Global News

Hundreds of armed, primarily white vigilantes have come out in recent days not to protest the death of George Floyd, but to defend their small towns from Antifa "invasions" that haven't happened.

These would-be vigilante groups seem to have fallen for a far-right hoax on social media, which warns that busloads of anti-fascist agitators are being sent to small towns to destroy their white-owned farms and businesses. There is currently no evidence to support that claim, according to media reports and statements by multiple police departments across the United States.

Nevertheless, groups of right-wing gun-lovers have been standing on guard against a made-up invasion in recent weeks, amid unproven claims from the White House that protest-related looting is the work of Antifa, rather than opportunistic protesters. U.S. President Donald Trump has even attempted to label Antifa as a terrorist organization — although it's much closer to an unorganized movement of far-left individuals.

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{{cite news | first = Josh K. | last = Elliott | title = Small-town vigilantes duped into standing guard for Antifa 'bus invasion' hoax | url = https://globalnews.ca/news/7038764/antifa-bus-george-floyd-protests/ | work = Global News | date = June 8, 2020 | accessdate = June 9, 2020 }}