The US president accused the anti-fascist anti-fascist group in provoking violent protests in the US and announced it would be listed as a terrorist group.
“The United States will identify ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization,” US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter May 31.
Trump and some of the top advisers blamed last week’s violent protests across the United States for Antifa, an acronym for anti-fascist group composed of extremist activists that have emerged in recent years, in part. to protest racist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. The Trump administration calls the group “extreme rightists” for turning peaceful protests into violence.
Protests took place across the United States to express indignation at the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, a black man arrested by police on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on charges of consumption. a fake USD 20 bill. The video was released showing a white police officer pressing his knee to the back of Floyd’s neck for several minutes, while three other police officers assisted.
Floyd repeatedly pleaded, saying he could not breathe, but the police officer remained in the same position. Floyd then passed out and died. Four police officers involved in the incident were fired and the person directly on the back of Floyd’s neck was charged with a third-degree murder.
The prosecution records say Floyd had background conditions including coronary artery and hypertension. “The combined effects of Floyd being burdened by police, background disease and any potential stimulants in Floyd’s body have resulted in death,” the file said.
Tens of thousands of people across the United States continued to march on May 31. The peaceful protests were quickly overshadowed by unrest in cities from Pennsylvania to California.
In a series of Twitter posts, the US President also congratulated the National Guard soldiers on May 30 to restore order in Minneapolis after days of instability. “ANTIFA led the anarchists, along with many others, were quickly eliminated. The mayor should have done this the first night and there would be no trouble,” Trump said. mentioned Jacob Frey, mayor of the Democratic Party of Minneapolis.
It is currently unknown who the official Antifa group commanders are. Members of this group often wear black outfits, oppose racism, far-right values, what they consider fascism, and say violent tactics are sometimes considered self-defense. .
The loose and cumbersome organization makes it hard for Antifa to be considered a target for the terrorist list. According to the website of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), domestic terrorist groups are those that promote “illegal use or threat of the use of violence, against people or property in order to threaten or coerce forcing governments and people to achieve social or political goals.