Antifa faced off with two Far Right groups this weekend as well as exacted violence in Brooklyn and Portland, where they stormed a residential neighborhood.
In Georgia, local news reported that outside of Stone Mountain, demonstrating militias were confronted by counterprotesters. Both groups were armed with guns and neither one had applied for a protest permit.
Park officials said a Far Right group out of Alabama, the “3 Percenters,” applied for a permit but were denied because of past violence. The group, which claims its ideology is to defend the Constitution, said they were there to defend the local Confederate monument.
After heated shouting, the two groups began shoving each other and fights erupted. At that point, police and a SWAT team moved in, stopping the violence but making no arrests.
Hell has broken loose pic.twitter.com/SBj5GqdhFq
— Samuel J. Robinson (@samueljrob) August 15, 2020
Elsewhere, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, two incidents of violence were reported to police. In one 9-1-1 call, a man and woman with light skin were reported to be smashing windows on Bedford Avenue. The couple was among a group of 75 reportedly Antifa activists. In the second incident, a storefront window was broken and derogatory messages were painted on the door.
Police are asking for leads identifying the perpetrators in both of those incidents.
The police department said, “As the group marched, several support vehicles followed, blocking vehicular traffic. The lead marchers held heavy wooden shields. Many in the crowd were wearing helmets, gas masks, and other protective gear.”
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 15, 2020
LAST NIGHT: Antifa was caught doxing a Portland resident
It appears Antifa has it’s operative leaders identify a target to then find out who they are, then give that personal information directly to their so called “press” to obviously distribute pic.twitter.com/4WJQSPGQ7y
— Drew Hernandez (@livesmattershow) August 15, 2020
Fires were set and four arrests of Antifa supporters ranging in age from 25 to 45 were made.
What will it take to rein in the violence?
The continued and unopposed Antifa violence stems more from anarchist ideology than anything else at this point. No one disagrees that racism is abhorrent and that common sense police reforms should be enacted.
However, both problems have been addressed in substantial ways. They have also been addressed by a disastrous philosophy of defunding already stretched police departments, a move opposed by 65 percent of Black Americans.
Moreover, the wheels of justice moved swiftly to arrest the officers involved in the George Floyd case that sparked the mass demonstrations, rioting and other violence. In addition, the narrative pushed out by extremist groups regarding the wholesale slaughter of black citizens by police has been debunked by the numbers, according to one of the most liberal newspapers in the country, The Washington Post.
The Antifa violence which we are seeing in Portland differs from the violence that happens when Far Right groups face off with counterprotesters. In those cases, both groups are usually interested in provoking one another to spark a civil war (what Clarion has dubbed the “War of the Extremes”) and hasten what each group believes will usher in their version of a utopian society.
However, both in unopposed Antifa violence and Far Right-Antifa violence, the narrative must be taken back by those in the middle who are still sensible (both Left and Right, and Blacks and whites).
These groups must be willing to put aside their differences which have been exacerbated by the mainstream media with their constant stream of false accusations about the government and other institutions and be willing to operate on facts which have not been clouded by drummed-up emotions.
In addition, it will take the courage of this group to be willing to put themselves on the line for this cause and stand up for the police, which 74 percent of all Americans support and face down the Far Left cancel culture which will surely try to sabotage their efforts.
One of the key elements of the players in this new narrative must be corporations which have virtue signaled to the Far Left extremists in an utterly shameless way. As recent history has shown, businesses that stood their ground against this Far Left tactic have fared quite well (witness the surge in customers for Goya products).
It will most likely take a protest movement – massive and peaceful — to convince these corporations that everyday people will not stand for pandering to extremist ideologies or for their colleagues to be fired for voicing anything less than due rigueur opinions.
It may take innovators from this middle group to create – and the public to support – new tech platforms that are truly fair, public forums and have no Left-Right skew.
At the very least, this large group of Americans must vote in politicians who are willing to restore peace to America’s streets and sensibility to government policies that affect us all.