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Antifa, Other Far-Left Groups Exploit Protests for ‘Revolution’

antifaCommunist groups—including the extremist organization Antifa—are hijacking what started out as peaceful protests over the death of an unarmed black man to usher in a revolution, according to officials, experts, videos, and anarchists’ own words.

That charge comes amid an unprecedented and coordinated effort behind the riots, the likes of which have never been seen before and which span across multiple states and involve often violent street-level tactics.

Officials from both sides say that outside groups have exploited the recent momentum to further their own agenda. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, noted that “bad actors continue to infiltrate the rightful protests” and that 80 percent of the rioters have come from outside the state. Federal officials including President Donald Trump have pointed to Antifa.

Bernard B. Kerik, former police commissioner of the New York City Police Department, said Antifa “100 percent exploited these protests,” noting that their various websites control and dictate where protests start.

“It’s in 40 different states and 60 cities; it would be impossible for somebody outside of Antifa to fund this,” he told The Epoch Times. “It’s a radical, leftist, socialist attempt at revolution.”

Operations including coordination, equipment, and travel costs would likely cost “tens of millions of dollars,” Kerik said. A friend of his, an FBI agent, told him she was at Newark airport on May 29 where she observed “probably 25 of these Antifa kids walking in through the airport.”

“They’re coming from other cities,” he said. “That cost money. They didn’t do this on their own. Somebody’s paying for this.”

“What Antifa is doing is they’re basically hijacking the black community as their army,” Kerik said. “They instigate, they antagonize, they get these young black men and women to go out there and do stupid things, and then they disappear off into the sunset.”

Photos later pulled offline appeared to show protesters with military-grade communications radios and earpieces, Kerik said, noting: “They have to be talking to somebody at a central command center with a repeater. Where do those radios go to?”

Andy Ngo, a journalist who has covered Antifa extensively, said the group is organized in “multiple units” with scouts that monitor the perimeter of an area, providing live audio or text updates. Others carry out violent missions with weapons and firebombs.

The extremist group is “horizontally” organized; it doesn’t have a public leader, since it’s part of their ideology that there should be no authority, Ngo said.

According to John Miller, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, these outside radical groups have organized scouts, medics, and even supply routes of rocks, bottles, and accelerants “for breakaway groups to commit vandalism and violence.” These groups have planned for violence in advance, using encrypted communications, he said.

Mike Griffin, a longtime political activist from Minneapolis, told The New York Times there were people he never witnessed before demonstrating, including “well-dressed young white men in expensive boots carrying hammers and talking about torching buildings.”

“I know protests, I’ve been doing it for 20 years,” he said. “People not affiliated with the protests are creating havoc on the streets.”

Communism expert Trevor Loudon, meanwhile, told The Epoch Times that Antifa is only one part of the picture, noting that “every significant communist or socialist party in the United States has been involved in these protests and riots from the beginning.”

According to Loudon, “Communist Party USA, Liberation Road, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Democratic Socialists of America, Revolutionary Communist Party, Workers World Party, and the Party for Socialism and Liberation” have been involved, among others.

Hijacking Peace 

One protester who came upon a large pile of bricks while filming live called it a “setup,” as a man by his side quipped, “Ain’t no damn construction around here.”

Police departments in several states in recent days have warned of materials being purposely planted in certain locations so as to fuel rioting.

The Kansas City police department in Missouri stated on Twitter that it “learned of & discovered stashes of bricks and rocks” in some areas “to be used during a riot,” and asked people to report such cases to authorities to be removed.

Days later, the Minneapolis Police department warned of “incendiary materials and accelerants” such as water bottles filled with gasoline found hidden in bushes and neighborhoods.

Bricks and similar objects have appeared in ManhattanBaltimore, North Carolina, and more. Protesters outside the White House were caught throwing bricks. There have also been false alarms, as the Frisco Police Department in Texas found that one pile was from a legitimate construction project.

Some videos, meanwhile, show African Americans objecting to bricks being handed to their peers.

Loudon, who is also a contributor to The Epoch Times, said the bricks and other examples were part of a “terrorist military operation” and that the whole thing had been “completely organized and long preplanned.”

“If the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis hadn’t sparked these riots, the next one would have,” he said. “People need to understand that there are hundreds of foreign-trained agitators and organizers operating in this country, and tens of thousands more disciplined communists.”

Numerous social media posts and videos also depict African American protesters objecting to rioting perpetrated by groups of white men clad in full black outfits—the black costume has long been associated with Antifa.

In Oakland, a group of Caucasians dressed in full black gear and armed with hammers started destroying and breaking into a building as African Americans nearby voiced their opposition.

One video appears to show a predominantly white crowd of people destroying a Minneapolis Police Department building, some also dressed in full black gear. Another video purportedly in Baltimore shows African American protesters begging white people, also clad in black, to stop rioting.

Peaceful protesters in Washington, meanwhile, tackled an “Antifa rioter” who was hammering the pavement to get blocks of concrete to throw. Protesters then handed over the rioter to the police.

At a May 30 press conference, Attorney General William Barr said the violence appears to be “planned, organized, and driven by far-left extremist groups and anarchic groups using Antifa-like tactics.”

In a twitter thread, Ngo said the destruction of businesses isn’t only opportunism but is tied to Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) ideology to “abolish capitalism & have regime change. To do that, they have to make economic recovery impossible.”

“Militant antifa cells across the country mobilized to aid BLM rioters,” Ngo said. “Every part of the rioting has a purpose. Fires destroy economy. Riots can overwhelm police & even military. All of it leads to a destabilized state if maintained.”

Communism Core 

Gabriel Nadales, a former Antifa member, told Jan Jekielek, host of The Epoch Times’ “American Thought Leaders” series, that to really be a part of Antifa is to do two things:

“One is to share their violent ideology and be willing to fight for them at any turn, and the second is to actually do it. It’s not just about having anti-conservative beliefs,” he said.

Communist groups have played a role in the recent protests. On May 27, the Democratic Socialists of America’s (DSA) Twin Cities chapter issued a call for supplies for “comrades protesting at the 3rd precinct (at Lake and Minnehaha).” An AutoZone store was set ablaze in the same area, amid widespread looting.

Such groups also appear to have played a role in funding. On May 28, DSA’s Twin Cities chapter asked on Twitter to “Please also give to the TCDSA solidarity fund, because people will need help in the days and weeks ahead!” DSA chapters in SeattleMemphisLos Angeles, and Metro Atlanta have called for donations amid the protests.

The DSA also formed a national anti-fascist work group at the convention in 2019.

Other communist groups, such as the Workers World Party, have backed the protests, while some groups, such as the Revolutionary Communist Party, called for an “actual revolution.”

Liberation News, a newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, wrote in a staff statement on May 26 that it’s a “critical period” to “sharpen our resolve to build organizations capable of waging militant class struggle.”

Reprinted with Permission from - Epoch Times by - Bowen Xiao

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Patriot
1 year ago

In the Marxist handbook, first you destroy society’s institutions such as religion and education. Then you eliminate the police so anarchy prevails. Ultimately, people accept a new order just to end the violence. However, many of us own weapons. That is all that can prevent this revolution. Don’t let the government take your guns, and if you don’t have any, get some.

Richard
1 year ago

Trouble makers breaking the peace had better be careful what they wish for, America is a country of men at arms with ‘arms’, lots of former service members and sportsmen and athletes. The law breakers will be needing the Police to protect them from the honest citizens.

SFC Charles R Cox
1 year ago

These liberals want to take, there not for the people,they want the power to tell people what to do…

Peter K
1 year ago

As long as our major cities are run by the left, these occurrences will escalate. Why? Where there is no resistance, they win. EVERY TIME!

This is an orchestrated attempt to destabilize the USA in such a way that we cannot recover from its effect. We MUST NOT allow this to happen even if it means the National Guard becomes part of the solution using lethal methods. Ugly as this sounds it may be the only way to deliver the message, “YOU will not tread on me”.

B Smith
1 year ago

So are these actions supported by the DNC to undermine the Trump presidency just before the November election? I mean look at the democratically controlled cities letting the arrested protestors out of jail. Go figure.

G.K.Burkle
1 year ago

WE MUST STOP these people!!!!!!

Pat R
1 year ago

Since ‘they’ are aware of these different Communist organizations, where they are located, communications, etc., it’s time to round them all up and charge them with insurrection and treason. WE DO NOT like or want Communists among us because they are bent on our destruction as a free country. Firing squads maybe?

Lee McQuillen
1 year ago

Sounds like war to me – we have an enemy within and talking isn’t going to fix it. Arrests, etc. as with any terrorist group. We’re just way too tolerant!

Mort Gutman
1 year ago

That “chair” should have read, “chaos”. Thank you spell-correct.

Mort Gutman
1 year ago

Why is it that I can feel George Soros sitting in his mansion laughing at all of the chair he has caused?

Bob H
1 year ago

ANTIFA is serving as the militant arm of the democrat party. Just like the KKK did in the last Century. They are a Terrorist org.and should be treated, and prosecuted as such.

anna hubert
1 year ago

Let’s assume revolution won white supremacy is over white man is finished it’s black man paradise where downtrodden oppressed marginalized and exploited live in harmony and equality.How long before they start roasting and eating each other?

Greg
1 year ago

Shoot Antifa on sight.
Shoot Communists on sight.
Take their bodies to sea for “fish food” Don’t bury them and pollute our soil.
****Lumbee Indians-this is OUR land!

Fed Up
1 year ago

EVERY ONE of these scumbags and their leadership structures should be eliminated from this world, including Soros, by whatever means necessary.

Tina
1 year ago

Antifa needs to be dealt with like any terrorist group. They must be taken care of just like we took care of ISIS! Makes no matter where they come from here or wherever. They must not be treated any differently. They mean to kill who or whatever is in their way, or who does not agree with them. Cut the cancer now! As for the left who are just as responsible for trying to take over this country……we will deal with them day to day and we will beat the hell out of them come November. They have no right to hold public office when they do nothing. Nothing for our country, nothing for all our people but collect huge checks for doing nothing! Did they do anything during this pandemic to help anyone at all? No! They have their own mission and as underhanded,hateful and stupid as it is, we will see it will not be accomplished at our expense. We will remove them from office if we all vote ALL RED! Biden does not have anything to offer America but lies and stupidity. He bables just like Obummer did…..so we cannot say he said this or that. He turns everything the President says and does around like a game of “FIND THE WORD”. He and his son will have their skeletons exposed soon as will all those who try and deframe our great country! SOON!

JUDE
1 year ago

Wasn’t there a time in our country when you could hang for treason? Maybe if we started making examples out of the ANTIFA protesters who are arrested and take some of them to the town square and hang them, this nonsense would stop. We allow too much of this to go on unnoticed and without consequences! ANTIFA are a bunch of lawless, terrorist thugs who need to be eradicated completely! Time to stand up to the nonsense and the idiots who are causing it, especially the ones behind it who are paying for it to occur such as George Soros…. stop his money line! If we take away access to his money, then he can’t pay for this anymore & maybe we will see a difference!

wandamurline
1 year ago

These people really do not want a revolution because when the South pitches in it will be short and permanent…throwing bricks etc. and sneaking up and shooting people is not the way we work. Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. Maybe that is why these people are not rioting in the south.

mike
1 year ago

Two things. One is that yes indeed someone is paying for this, one of the biggest donors to antifa through his various “foundations” is none other than gyorgy Schwartz AKA george soros.He “donates” to many of these groups, many of which have been named here.
Secondly, They are indeed terrorist groups and indeed radical communists. Also epoch times. Did you know this is a chinese run organization? Very likely CCP controlled? Maybe we should all pay attention to the dragon behind the curtain.

Chief Petty Officer Galles, USN, Ret.
1 year ago

A step on the road to controlling the riots and looting is to ensure that any bail authorized or assigned is equal to, or better, exceeds the replacement cost or property or injuries inflicted. Make it a cash requirement, and hold suspects until booking process is vomplete. No special breaks for participants such as the mayor of NYC’ s daughter received. An overnight in the drunk tank will probably sink through the thin skins of today’s snowflakes.

Vinny Boombatz
1 year ago

The first person who should be in jail is “George Soros” he funds groups like Antifa to get his agenda passed? He put Obama & the Clinton’s in Power? He sold his parents to the Nazi’s during WW 2 to save his hide and changed his Jewish name? These are True Facts, do the Research!

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