A photographer is attacked by masked demonstrators in Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley in August.
Will the so-called “Antifa apocalypse” include a bang or a whimper?
A sequence of anti-government, leftist rallies set to descend on main cities nationwide Saturday is drawing the eye of native officers, who, just like the organizers themselves, worry the occasions might be hijacked by violent masked anarchists.
The left-wing “Refuse Fascism” group is utilizing Nov. four as its kickoff for demonstrations in practically two dozen U.S. cities, protests it says will proceed “day after day and night after night ─ not stopping ─ until our DEMAND is met.”
The “DEMAND” is the elimination of President Trump and Vice President Pence.
The gatherings are being described as a form of “Antifa apocalypse” on right-wing media, based on The Washington Post. Several websites are expressing explicit alarm concerning the loosely-defined left-leaning group, which preaches a model of ferocious anti-government chaos that usually makes use of “domestic terrorist violence,” based on a current FBI report.
Among the 20 cities the place rallies are set to happen are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.
The anarchist group, whose title comes from time period “anti-fascist,” made information earlier this week for allegedly harbading a feminine reporter at Columbia University and for seven arrests at California State University, Fullerton, amid stories of head-punching and pepper-spraying.
“You cannot try to ‘wait things out’,” a Refuse Fascism name to motion reads. “Those who lived through Nazi Germany and sat on the sidelines, looking on as Hitler demonized, criminalized, and eventually rounded up one group after another, became shameful collaborators with monstrous crimes.”
Tapping into actions like Occupy Wall Street and the Women’s March, Refuse Fascism mentioned it hopes to protest continuous, 24/7 “until this regime is driven from power.”
The group is engaged with a broad coalition of teams, together with the Revolutionary Communist Party — however says they’re dedicated to a nonviolence stance.
Zee advised The Washington Post his group does “uphold the legal right to self-defense,” however that they “don’t initiate violence” and so they “oppose violence.”
Previous situations of antifa violence have, nevertheless, been justified as “self-defense.”
“Fascism cannot be defeated by speech,” Darmouth Prof. Mark Bray mentioned in August.
Some of Refuse Fascism’s literature and visuals are additionally drawing scrutiny for his or her use of violent pictures.
Refuse Fascism ATL’s poster asks Atlanta demonstrators to convey “pots and pans” with a picture of a pole poked by way of Trump’s severed head, drawn as a pig’s with flies buzzing round it.
Chicago’s invite contains a picture of a rope flattening a Trump statue, which is already reduce in half.
“Show this damn Trump and Pence regime that they do not rule over us,” one organizer mentioned in a video posted on Facebook. “Let us stand together, come together, and fight this regime on November fourth.”
“’This Nightmare Must End’ captures how millions of people feel right now…where you may face persecution or even death,” mentioned Andy Zee, a member of the advisory board of Refuse Fascism, based on the Revolutionary Communist web site.
Zee referred to as for a “ferocious struggle” as a result of “normal forms of petition (like protest as usual) DO NOT APPLY with Trump.” Recently, a number of members shut down a Los Angeles freeway with “Nov. 4 It Begins” indicators in a present of “non-violent civil disobedience.”
Zee cites the pamphlet “The Coming Civil War,” by Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party and architect of the brand new synthesis of communism, to level out why the group calls for “the whole regime must go.”
Avakian manufacturers Pence the political chief of “Christian fascism,” a “fascism wrapped in the Bible taken literally and the American flag, saturated with racism, misogyny, and xenophobia,” which he compares to the “kind of Islamic fundamentalism that is tearing up the Mideast.”
Zee additionally says information organizations akin to CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post “must go all out” to “hound the enemy: the regime, Congress, administrators from agencies such as ICE, the Border Patrol, and more.”
Zee mentioned the group has the required “people” ─ and “anger” ─ to take away the “cruel and brutal future” of the Trump administration on Nov. four.
Caleb Parke is an affiliate editor for FoxNews.com. You can observe him on Twitter @calebparke