Trump says will place Antifa on USA terror list

Trump says will place Antifa on USA terror list

"The violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left-wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses, and burning down buildings", Trump said.

Even though the group's stated doctrine is fighting fascism in all its forms, the right has long sought to use examples of violence and skirmishes at protests as examples of false equivalency between ANTIFA members and the often self-declared white supremacists they frequently square off against. While some support the president's actions, others say that he puts the blame on Antifa and ignores the bigger picture of social injustice.

Police stand near a overturned vehicle and a fire as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, near the White House in Washington. He went as far as labelling the Antifa movement as a domestic terrorist organization.

President Donald Trump has tweeted that the United States will designate Antifa as a terrorist organisation, even though the USA government has no existing legal authority to label a wholly domestic group in the manner it now designates foreign terrorist organisations.

Other than their opposition to right-wing ideologies, there is little binding the Antifa movement's adherents together. Trump has attributed the violence to leftist organizations commonly called Antifa.

In the worldwide area, there was many issues that some Antifa activists have joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian affiliate of the PKK terror group, in Syria, the place they obtained navy coaching.

The group's loose, diffuse organisation would seem to make it a hard target for the terrorist listing.

According to Mark Bray, author of the "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook", the modern Antifa movement started in the '80s in the US.

Law enforcement officials and those who monitor anti-fascists groups say they have in recent days seen indications - including anarchist graffiti and arrests of some out-of-state protesters - that people with disparate motives may be behind some of the violence in the anti-police brutality protests. Doing so would require coordination across multiple federal agencies, something Trump lacks the legal authority to do.

He later claimed in a further post, that The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization. "Any such designation would raise significant due process and First Amendment concerns".

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