Federal authorities have been watching Antifa (anti-fascist), as it has become increasingly more violent since the beginning of 2016. The ultra-leftist group has become more confrontational and dangerous during protests and rallies.
In confidential documents supplied to POLITICO, the Department of Homeland Security officially classified Antifa’s actions as “domestic terrorist violence.”
Antifa, funded by George Soros, has been a violent organization for a long time. Recently however, they turned deadly when the group tried to stomp on the right’s of others to free speech. Homeland Security issued a warning, long before the August 12 rally in Charlottesville, that there was a great possibility that the leftist group would use lethal violence against white supremacist and nationalist organizations.
Newsweek reports that a senior law enforcement official stated, “It was in that period [as the Trump campaign emerged] that we really became aware of them. These Antifa guys were showing up with weapons, shields and bike helmets and just beating the s**t out of people…. They’re using Molotov cocktails, they’re starting fires, they’re throwing bombs and smashing windows.”
Antifa members “are amped for battle in an escalating arms race, where police departments are outmaneuvered, resulting in increasingly violent dangerous confrontations,” said former New York City police officer Brian Levin, who has been monitoring domestic militants for 31 years, now at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement condemning the violent leftist group, “Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts.”
In Pelosi’s statement that was released late Tuesday she spoke about “the violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa” and said they “deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.” More Democratic leaders should speak up, like Pelosi, and stop ignoring the acts of this dangerous “progressive militancy.”