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The Black Bloc: Inside America’s Hard Left

The Black Bloc: Inside America’s Hard Left

By Micah Moen 100 Comments February 11, 2020


Fear is a part of our tactics. We do want Nazis to be afraid to
organize in public. It’s our job to go out
there and say: No, we’re not going to allow you to
spread these ideas. Philadelphia make it clear, fascists are not welcomed here. Politically, I’m an
anarcho-communist and I’m an anti-fascist. And right now, I’m focusing a lot
on that anti-fascism. So what I’m doing here is mixing half part water and half part liquid antacid. It makes something called L.A.W. or Liquid and Antacid and Water. You use it in response
to pepper spray. We get a lot of accusations that
we’re doing this for kicks, that we’re doing this because
we’re violent teens, who just want to see violence happen. I consider myself to be
someone who’s very fed up with seeing protests
that accomplish nothing. I did a lot of marching
and holding signs and yelling in the streets
and getting permits. And it didn’t really feel like
I was doing enough. I was aware that, you know,
obviously there’s plenty of racists in the country, but I didn’t realize that they were
organized and political, and actively out to cause violence. Seeing the state of the world
and seeing the news and seeing what’s going on, seeing how much danger
people were in, made me want to get involved. The term Antifa is short
for anti-fascist. And as many people know,
anti-fascism dates back to fascism, so we can see anti-fascists battling
Mussolini’s Blackshirts in Italy, standing up to Hitler’s Nazis. And today, a lot of anti-fascists
draw from the European tradition. And really, it’s at the front lines
of physically confronting fascists and white supremacists organizing in the
United States today. There’s no one organization
called the Black Bloc. It’s dozens, hundreds, thousands of
autonomous organizations all across the country,
all across the world. Black Bloc or Bloc is
just what we wear. It’s entirely black, simple,
non-identifying clothing. You don’t want to get
identified by Nazis. Or they’re going to try
and show up to your house, try and contact your employer, beat you up on the street if
they get the chance. So it’s important they can’t
find who you are. But it’s also important that
if you’re doing something illegal, if you’re trying to punch a Nazi, then you don’t want police
to be able to identify you. And you don’t want police to be
able to tell you apart. Antifa really exploded into the
headlines in response to the disruption of the
Milo Yiannopoulos event back at UC Berkeley in February, where mass Antifa broke windows
and created enough of disruption for the the university to
cancel the event. This created a lot of debates around different tactics for
opposing the far right, and questions around free speech. Street violence is actually one of
the last resorts for anti-fascists. The first line of defense is just
finding out who the local Nazis are. People will post online
with Nazi flags, and post about the marginalized
groups they want to kill. And when we find those posts, we save them and send
them to employers. Finding ways to disrupt their
organizing online. Track them down
and figure out where they live, and try and make sure that they
don’t feel comfortable. There has been an increase in
Neo-Nazi organizing since the Trump campaign started. And they’ve absolutely
been more active. The Jeremy Christian killings, the
killings in Charlottesville, those are not the acts of
individual people, those are the acts of a
political movement. Personally, I’m Jewish, I’m a trans woman, and I’m queer. And those are related. Knowing we have someone
in the White House, who calls white supremacists a side that has some good people, is really frightening. I do feel vulnerable and I do
feel scared every day, but that’s why I’m in the Bloc. When you’re a queer person
or a disabled person or a person of color, you don’t get to really
step back and say, I don’t want to be
politically active, because your life and your existence
is constantly in dispute. To suit up in Bloc and go out
there with your comrades, provides me a feeling of safety
that I wouldn’t otherwise have. When we appear in the streets, we’re trying to stop these
people from having proud marches where they can recruit and say it’s safe to be a fascist. And we want to go out and say, “no! you can’t do this.”
We’re going to fight back. We can make America great again! Antifa knew before the Trump
rally in Philadelphia, that it was not
just a Trump rally. That American Vanguard who
desecrated a Holocaust Memorial with anti-semitic messages, we’re going to be there,
with weighted motorcycle gloves, trying to beat people up. Anti-fascist. Anti-Anti-Capitalista-A! Anti-Anti-Capitalista! One common tactic that you’ll
see being used is we will have people who are
actually at home that are coordinating
with the action. And they’ll be checking Twitter and
whatever other news sources that they can find, in order to be
communicating information to us via encrypted messaging. It’s important that we don’t give
the state a monopoly on violence. The police are part of the
executive branch. The police serve Trump,
who’s a fascist. Police violence is no more justified
than anti-fascist violence. Who do you represent?
Who do you serve? Who do you protect?
Who do you serve? Two common tactics
employed by cops are snatching individual people
and stragglers, and then kettling or, like,
surrounding the whole group. Cops will kettle protestors, and then arrest them for
failing to disperse. Don’t do it! Always be looking for side streets.
Always be looking for exits. Always make sure you stay moving. Stop them! Stop them! Spread out! Spread out!Keep moving back!Keep moving! Stick together!You’ll hear people shouting,
tighten up, all the time, and that means that you have to stay
together as one cohesive body. The most violent people at any
protest are the police. -Back off! Back off!
-Back the fuck off! Get back! The police are the ones
that are with batons, beating people up,
throwing them to the ground, pepper-spraying them. I’ve gone home with bruises. I’ve had friends go home
with broken arms, dislodged eyeballs, brain trauma. A non-violent
resistance really works when it can leverage the
public opinion to pressure oppressive
regimes or leaders to change what they’re doing. The question is when it’s fascism, when there is no room for public
opinion to influence the decisions made by government, made by leaders, is that a viable option? Almost all people agree with
violence at some point. Why do you support the violence
of American soldiers and American police, and not the
violence of American citizens to stop Nazis? I actually personally really,
really dislike violence. I’m not comfortable with it at all,
as I don’t think anyone should be. So for me, it’s about
minimizing violence. So if that means
occasionally being violent against the people
perpetrating violence, I accept that. It’s… Pepe’s become
kind of a symbol… Richard Spencer, who coined
the term alt-right, and whose website publishes articles
calling for genocide, after an Antifa protestor
punched him in the face, there’s videos of him talking about
how he’s afraid to go out, and they might need to get security, and they don’t know if
they can afford it, and how if they can’t have a
public movement, they can’t win. We need to take very
seriously the notion that anti-fascists aren’t just
going to scream at us, they’re going to
physically attack us. And that’s the point. If we go out and punch
Nazis in the face, they won’t appear in public. And like they themselves admit,
they can’t win. Punch a Nazi in the face! This has been going on for a long
time with… Antifa. They’ve been terrorizing people, intimidating people, and when they can get away with it, violently attacking people. These are felons. This is terroristic. This is fascistic. Fascists aren’t people who
shut down speech. Fascists are people who want
to commit genocide and ethnic cleansing. Fascists are people who are willing
to scapegoat marginalized groups, and destroy their lives,
and their health and safety, in order to accomplish
political goals. That’s a fascist. Antifa are not fascists. We’re fighting against
people that have been walking into black churches and killing people. That’s violent. That’s what the real violence is. And so, to fight against that, is… doesn’t seem violent to me. That seems like meeting people
where we’re at to defend ourselves. When the tragedy in
Charlottesville occurred, when Heather Heyer was murdered, the mainstream media acted like
the presence of hundreds of armed Neo-Nazis was a
huge surprise. But for those anti-fascists who’ve
been monitoring the far right, were well-aware of what
this danger was. Charlottesville was a really
important turning point, because it was the first time that there was no choice but for the
media to show what was happening in a way that made the
public understand who we are as anti-fascists. We have replaced you! They saved our lives, actually. We would have been completely
crushed like cockroaches if it would not for the
anarchists and anti-fascists. Because the police have pulled back, and just allowing fellow citizens to go at each other. There was at least about a
week in America where anti-fascists were considered
to be people that you could respect. A lot of my friends are involved in
the same type of activism. And so, I don’t have to
hide it from them. But from my family, absolutely. I can’t get into the details
of what I’m doing, and I do lead a double life. It makes it hard to stay close to
people in your life, because there are so many
things that I do that I can’t tell people about. “Where were you last week?”
I can’t share that information. It means that you end up
forced into situations, where you can’t always be
honest with people. Fuck white supremacy!
Fuck white supremacy! My community is other
anti-fascist people. These are the people who
help me through some of my toughest struggles. And so, I’m able to feel
like I have a family. There’s a feeling of obligation and doing what’s necessary, in order to make the world little
less of a scary place. After we got the Trump
march shut down, they haven’t come back
into Philadelphia. This works. The Trump election has invigorated and empowered white
supremacists and Neo-Nazis, but it’s also invigorated
and empowered the left. We are on the cusp of some change. And what change that is, depends on
who gets involved and who organizes. We are the people!
The mighty, mighty people! The mighty, mighty people!

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VICE

Since the 2016 presidential election, Antifa (short for "anti-fascist") has become a staple at right-wing rallies. The faceless, leaderless group stretches across North America and Europe — and they aren't afraid to incite violence.

WATCH NEXT: Inside America’s Largest Right Wing Militia – http://bit.ly/2glqlan

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Oceanfront Arizona

i hate fascists too. antifa are them.it really is them

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Sodas AndBurps

Imagine being this much of a pussy and comparing yourself to those who fought real fascism and nazis throughout history.

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Todd Cast

30k mad fascists

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Andrei Peake

If you aren't against Nazis then you are a Nazi, there's no middle ground.

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Emery Booker

I think more people should be punched in the face for what they say but when they are young. That's the real problem I learned early on my life that if you say the wrong thing people will hit you. Seems like a whole 12-15 years of people missed that lesson in life. Like kids stopped being able to fight on the pay ground shortly after I graduated. Seems like they are more likely to shot someone over a small problem then get in a fight.

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Arthur William

WPWW

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Mista Keez

Buncha LARPERS

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john boy

Retards,,

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Dan D

let me guess, there all unemployed drug addicts who drop out or did poorly in school……and there parents give them money and pay all there bills….

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Nightwind

There is no room for Public opinion . If you do not agree with these protesters ,you are wrong . Kind of sounds like the Brown Shirts . We all know where that went .

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Shrek

I can confirm exactly 0 Republicans are a part of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, they were destroyed in 1945. ANTIFA said they are for free speech and then proceed to beat up people until they cancel a pro-Trump protest

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shiva poonia

Please watch first they killed my father movie left leaders kill millions of innocent people in Asia and left leaders are so Cruel

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Keith Milner

You will get f….. Up when you face off with the real AMERICANS.

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Fireborn Performance Art

That black dude in the wheel chair at the end with no ask on is the most serious and bad ass out of any of them. He's like " I don't give a fuck if you see my face come at me bro! I'm black and handicapped, [probably gay too) let's fight, this is personal!"

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Hurricane Han

Antifa=The real Brown Shirts!
Antifa is a violent confused group. Antifa says that they are anti-fascist but in reality they are the very definition of FASCIST and irrationally violent! Adolph and Mussolini would be proud of the Antifa movement. So brave and proud of their movement that they hide behind masks In shame, while beating up the elderly to prove a point. You should be declared a terrorist organization along with your KKK brothers. Nice ideology “oh you don’t agree with me?Oh I guess I will beat the shit out of you for that” Your organization is just a gang that uses violence to intimidate and control others to the point where there will be no freedom of speech or for that matter freedom. It will be a mob state.

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Josh W

You’re all idiots, just sayin.

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Conservatives Arent racist

They think their goth

anime characters

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William Gonzalaez

These antifa group are miss informed. Children they are. No knowledge of history and no common sense!

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Ms.WhiteFolks ?

They are the nazis. Trying to censor people.

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Sykes

They wear masks because……?

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Dorian Knorr

seems to me, like it's a bunch of dorks who never really had friends. and now they got this group of anti social autists and they are just attacking anything bc it makes them feel strong and United idk what their deal is but I do love watching the cops wack these fuckers with their batons

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John May

So when she gets decked don't cry you asked for it.

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Spinner1312

antifa is the backbone of society

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M M

Anarchist and communist or just confused and stupid

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Val Perry

‘The Fascists of the Future Will Call Themselves Anti-Fascists?’ – Winston Churchill

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KING NOMAD

I'm not American but I do know there are plenty of racist people on the left….To me this has nothing to do with political parties.

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Cook Mlk

The jobless losers who never should have made it out if the womb

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life sentence sux so does playz

A majority of the people in the world know that the left is where the shit goes

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mokum amsterdam

police should use bullets on that trash

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_gabriele00_

I'm sorry that we created fascism

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Aaron L

Their flag has flags on it…

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Binko 969

Organized, political and, out to cause violence? She just describes herself and her cohorts & movement while attempting to describe what they are supposedly protesting.

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Jenny Jin

Sigh, I don’t blame them.

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Jimmy Davis

What employers just stupid ass kids that know nothing about what's going on if they keep up there crap Some one will beat the crap out of them blocking traffic is a crime

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Derek Dugger

So the anti fascist act like fascist, fight people who want less government, while fascism is for more government regulations and control, no free speach, unless its ours, violence against others, while acting like the brown shirts you cry about, yelling NAZI'S at everyone who is not on there misguided uneducated idiots. And his explanation of fascism shows how uneducated they are about their cause. Can't tell their parents why they weren't home last night. Your nothing but brown shirts in black, but pussies doing it behind your mask and calling the police that you condemn for help when your hang nail got sore trying to block people from living their lives. Please learn what semetic is you scared uneducated, lives with mom, gaming milk drinker.

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Ryan B

heroes

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Blake James I Am 141

Non of them are in shape would completely get destroyed in real war like situation

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Nickales Roman

All these people need to gather together and get jobs.
Stop wasting your time no one cares bout your protests go home.

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// neeXplays //

i see a lot of alan walker supporters

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Apple User 2

Nazi is a slang term of national socialist.

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Aces Reaper2211

And these Antifa guys are not as good as they portray I seen a video of these guys attacking a veteran during one of their marches they attempted to stab the guy who did nothing now how is that gonna get a message across other than making them look like home grown terrorists I have no problem with anyone but that was BS there are better ways but not this crap

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Me TV

There eyes look like nice people

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Bobby The Blizzard

Definitely using the word “nazi” a bit too much

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Des Troya

Even with the voice distortion he sounds soft and gay

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Des Troya

lol 4:22 yep that is what antifa attracts

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Itchy Booger

Lol what a joke of a human being.

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Eric Wheeler

We were respected for a week once

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Skinny Buddha

They did a great job covering them and not making them look dumb. On that note it also just shows how extremely liberal, young, and just overall cringey they are.

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Elijah Emmanuel Slade

Very interesting group

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Kyle Toppert

Let me tell you something using fear destroying peoples lives on both sides they have a human rate however they believe fear brings anger and anger brings hate your socialist and communist revolution and he’s neo-Nazis you’re both week

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Kyle Toppert

Here is weakness knowledge and commonsense is the truth

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Dustin Bucks

"Its important we wear black and are unidentifiable"…🤣🤣🤣 you sound like the Klan. All these brain washed punks on both sides need to learn how to read and find stability….sad times

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Whiskey Zombie

1:27 completely unaware of self

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James Leinauer

A communist trans women queer can only exist in the United States. As long as she understands that ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES AMERICA, THE LAND OF THE FREE HOME OF THE BRAVE! A BECON FOR CAPITALISM FOR ALL TO STRIVE ALL WHITE BLACK JEWS CHRISTIANS MUSLIMS GAYS QUEERS AND TRANS ALL PEOPLE UNDER THE LAWS OF HUMANITY WE ARE FREE PEOPLE! Thiers no reason to fight each other lady liberty has her arms around us ALL! I teach my children that all people under gods watch are beautiful humans no matter what anyone says when you get cut what comes out is alllll the same! STOP THE DIVIDE

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Benyamin Miller

When he defines fascism it sounds like what he described his group being. Hmmm 🤔 is dis da way?

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Becks AC-Creed

Well done Antifa, keep fighting sometimes violence is necessary, nazis must die! fight for freedom, the police are sworn to protect a fuckedup system in which evil gets a second chance, people who rape kids get out on bail or out in 15 years in some place! Is that justice??? These nazi skum must all die like Spartacus when he killed all the romen leaders for using slavary as a law!

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Beecat

Heroes ~

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um you're ugly so be quiet

These people are definitely fascitis

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Jake Tully

large group of ignorant people.

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Flat Earther

Government sponsored

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Nick Ferdinande

If the left wants a war with the right they will all lose their lives. They have no chance.

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Nick Ferdinande

Does anyone notice that these so called "males" sound super feminine? Males that wear skinny jeans= d*** in butt. Just saying

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Max H

Extremists are terrorists, no matter where in the political compass you lie. You don't fight violence with violence.

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Juan De La Suerte

To me Antifa is two-faced and shows clearly fascist behaviour at times.

Anyhow I am against any fashist wether left ore right ore what ever colour.

Fashism can have many colours lets not forget German Nazi's where indeed socialists so left wing.

If Antifa employs Fashist tactics they are no better then Hitlers Broun-shirts because they also used intimidation instead of communication.
If you fight a monster be careful to not become the monster you think you are fighting.

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Greensleeves

In this case, I think a lesson from Tiananmen Square can be applied

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Craw the crawfish 3

Don’t spam me but both far left and right are bad but the hard left is the worst for sure

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Nz Kiwi

It's time to join the black parade lol

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Rachel M

Thank you for your work, Anti-Fa.💜

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FubbyWubyInMyTuby

Braver than the troops <3 It's the moral duty of all good people to punch Nazis!

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Gifyifhk hmcucyk

8:47 vibe check 😏🏴

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Isidore Aerys

Violet Tchotchke is that you?

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Ricardo Meelos

8:28 lol this must be a photoshoped picture in greece not even america

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nolege man

Antifa: violence is our last resort

Also Antifa: we will wait for them on bikes and beat them up

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Karmen terenstra

I agree with then if the right wants gun rights why can't they fight. its freedom of speech and they don't want to hurt people they just want to let everyone know that being a nazi is not okay. and look trump became president and we nearly had a 3rde wold war. I think they aren't doing anything wrong somethings are a bit too much but the police fights then and they selfdefends. if you don't agree just don't say anything

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sunburned shirts

so many keks from this video
thanks vice

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rener

My boys

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G2 The Artist

Reason 5688 for why I dont pick a side in politics

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549charger

Didn't go anywhere

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Daewoo Kang

Terrorists

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Daewoo Kang

They are not protesting against facism, they are protesting against conservatism. Theres a big difference

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Sarah OG

They are the most fascist, white people I have ever seen…

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Skywalker hmmm

“We are Antifascists” proceeds to do fascist things such as suppression of opinion and violence

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Loukas Barbadimos

ΑΜΕRICAN COMMUNISTS??? WHAT A BAD JOKE IS THIS???

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shock jockey

All Bernie supporters guaranteed.

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shock jockey

They love communism and yet in communist Russia if they tried doing one quarter of this they would be shot instantly.

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i reply to shit

Is this james charles?

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Jack Marcotte

this person has clearly never taken a gov course and it shows

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legkip legkip

That antifa guy… "we dont want to be recognized so they show up at our door or call our employer"
Later he says " we try to find their homes so they dont feel comfortable and we call their employer".

A "racist, organized and violent" gang? Antifa fits the bill.

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Metal Priest

I love how they think they matter!

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Cass Saph

Solidarity forever. Long live the people.

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Italo 1

"I'm Jewish, I'm a trans woman, and i'm queer, and those are related." hahaha of course they are.

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True Free Thinkers

If you are Anti Fascist, you should be an Anarchist. Not a communist. It makes no sense to fight fascism with Communism. Defeats the entire purpose of a Black Bloc

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Facts Over Emotions

They call people Nazis but they admit they're literally domestic terrorists.

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Harrison Smith

🚩🏴

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biusydgbifd xyzzhjfkjs

«The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascist.» – Winston Churchill. Guess he was right.

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lelorenzo

I really don't like racists and fascists, but I don't like the black bloc either…

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Brendan. http://www.Gab.com/brendanday43

Yes you’re a radical commie..

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Cartoon

🖤

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jackpro43same

I wouldn't care if nazis took over America I'm not a Jew or black i have alot of German I would be fine the only thing that would change is the American flag no jews Mexicans or blacks

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