Trump Threatens to Classify Antifa as Terrorist Group

first_imgLast week, authorities in Portland warned residents to stay home as far-right groups were planning a weekend rally to put an “end to domestic terrorism,” with a focus on Antifa extremist groups. The officials feared that the rally would attract both right-wing extremists and Antifa counter-demonstrators, resulting in violence.However, the far-right group “Proud Boys” claimed success on Saturday evening, while promising to hold monthly protests in Portland. Rose City Antifa, which is Portland’s anti-fascist activist organization, countered with a demonstration of its own.Portland Police Lieutenant Tina Jones says that 1,200 people representing both sides took part in the nine hours of protests and counter-protests, and at least 13 arrests were made. Six people also suffered minor injuries. President Trump is calling for Antifa to be a designated an “organization of domestic terror.”He posted on Twitter, just before the left-wing anti-fascist demonstrators were expected to counter-protest a gathering of far-right and extremist groups in Portland, Oregon on Saturday:Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an “ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.” Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2019last_img

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