|“||The job of the anti-fascist is to make [fascists] too afraid to act publicly and to act as volunteer targets for their hate and attacks which might keep them from thinking about burning down the mosque in their neighborhood.||„|
|~ Mark Bray, Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.|
Antifa (short for Anti-Fascist Action) are a loosely-organized far-left movement predominantly made up of radical socialists, anarchists, and communists, whose stated goal is the suppression of fascism, neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other far-right ideologies in North America and Europe through the use of violence and physical/vocal harassment. They're widely considered the left-wing counterpart of the Alt-Right with many expressing anti-American, xenophobic and communistic opinions. The group gained wider recognition during the protests against Donald Trump, in which Antifa members present were vandalizing, fighting, and causing property damage. Antifa has received criticism from the American and worldwide population on both sides of the political spectrum for their use of violent crimes to achieve ends.
The group is the successor to the German Antifaschistische Aktion, a paramilitary organization founded by the Communist Party of Germany.
January 20th, 2017
On the day Donald Trump was inaugurated into office, over dozens of Antifa individuals blocked pedestrians from attending the Inauguration. They smashed in windows, and over 100 of them were arrested.
February 3rd, 2017
On February 3rd, 2017, when Donald Trump was recently elected. Milo Yiannopolous was invited to speak at the Berkeley University in Berkeley, California. However, Antifa arrived to shut it down. They torched cars, broke windows and doors, and wounded numerous people, a few noticeable victims of their actions were two females, one was bludgeoned over the head with flagpoles, and the other was pepper sprayed in the face wearing a "Make Bitcoin Great Again," hat. There was also graffiti spotted during the riots there that stated "Liberals get the bullet too", meaning that Antifa also has a hatred for Liberals.
April 15th, 2017
During a free speech rally, in Berkeley, Antifa showed up to try and shut it down. Claiming it was in the name of hate speech, most of them were armed with m-80s, and they threw them at the free speech side. The police were ordered by the mayor of Berkeley, Jesse Arreguin to stand down. One of the Antifa members present, Eric Clanton, hit several of the right-wing protestors with a bike lock.
August 11-12, 2017
During the far-right demonstration known as Unite the Right, Antifa protestors clashed with members of the White Power Movement and several people were injured. This was followed by white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. driving his car into a group of counter-protestors and killing Heather Heyer.
Antifa made an appearance in Berkeley on August 6, opposing a "No To Marxism" rally. Explosives were thrown and demonstrators from both sides clashed with police. 20 people were arrested.
Antifa confirmed they would be using acid attacks on people.
Reporter Andy Ngo was attacked and beaten at a protest in Portland, Oregon on June 29. The Antifa members responsible then attacked and beat several other protesters, including one man in which they cracked his skull with a Crowbar.
Antifa member Willem van Spronsen attempted to firebomb an Immigration and Customs centre on July 13. Van Spronsen was killed by police when he attempted to ignite a propane tank.
On August 4, Connor Betts, an Antifa supporter, shot and killed 9 people in Dayton, Ohio, just 13 hours after the El Paso shooting. However it is believed that he was motivated by misogyny rather than politics.
In August 2019, Antifa made another appearance in Berkeley opposing a rally by the Proud Boys. The police stepped in to try and prevent violence, but several skirmishes occurred, including an attack on a bus full of Proud Boys during which one of the Proud Boys was hit with a hammer, and an incident in which a man was beaten and pepper-sprayed. 13 people were arrested.
The Democratic Party headquarters in Oregon was vandalized by Antifa members after one of their members had been killed in a supposedly hit-and-run incident.
During the unrest in Kenosha, Illinois in the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake, Antifa activity in the area spiked. During one Antifa protest, Kyle Rittenhouse (who is pro-police) fatally shot two protesters, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and wounded a third, Gaige Grosskreutz, during an altercation. It is unknown if any of the people shot were part of Antifa.
During a Trump rally in Portland, Antifa supporter Michael Reinoehl shot and killed a Trump supporter named Aaron Danielson. Reinoehl was killed by US marshals several days later.
Antifa member Daniel Alan Baker was arrested for plotting to kill right-wing protestors outside the Florida State Capitol during Joe Biden's inauguration.
Relations with groups/factions
- George Floyd rioters
- Black Supremacists (sometimes)
- Radical Feminists (sometimes)
- Eco-Terrorists (sometimes)
- Jane's Revenge
- Joe Biden (some but not all)
- By Any Means Necessary
- Other Anarchists
- Bernie Sanders (some but not all)
- Communists (that agree with their violent tactics)
- Tankies (some but not all)
- National Alliance
- White Power Movement
- Ku Klux Klan
- Proud Boys
- Paul Nicholas Miller (GypsyCrusader)
- Patriot Prayer
- The Police
- State Troopers
- Various federal agencies (especially the FBI, CIA, DEA, ATF, park rangers, and the military)
- Donald Trump
- Joe Biden (some but not all)
- David Duke
- Richard Spencer
- Jason Kessler
- Westboro Baptist Church (possibly)
- Oath Keepers
- Boogaloo Boys
- Three Percenters
- Alex Jones
- Anyone Outside Antifa
- Moderate Liberals
- Moderate Leftists (such as social democrats)
- Foleyists(a group that hates the alt-right and Antifa as well as Fascism and Communism in General)
- Tankies (some but not all)