The Antifa “Refuse Fascism” group is using Saturday as its kickoff to begin protesting in 20 U.S. cities, and they vow not to stop until President Trump and Vice President Pence are “removed” from office.
“Take To The Streets And Public Squares in cities and towns across the country continuing day after day and night after night—not stopping—until our DEMAND is met,” the group urges on its website. “This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!”
Among the 20 cities where rallies are set to occur are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Some are right-wing new outlets are describing the protests as a kind of “Antifa apocalypse”, according to The Washington Post. Several sites are expressing particular alarm about the loosely-defined leftist group, which often uses “domestic terrorist violence,” according to a recent FBI report, in their efforts to achieve peace.
Antifa protesters made headlines earlier this week for allegedly harassing a female reporter at Columbia University, and for seven arrests at California State University, Fullerton, amid reports of head-punching and pepper-spraying.
“You cannot try to ‘wait things out’,” a Refuse Fascism call to action reads. “Those who lived through Nazi Germany and sat on the sidelines, looking on as Hitler demonized, criminalized, and eventually rounded up one group after another, became shameful collaborators with monstrous crimes.”
Tapping into movements like Occupy Wall Street and the Women’s March, Refuse Fascism said it hopes to protest non-stop, 24/7 “until this regime is driven from power.”
The organization is engaged with a broad coalition of groups, including the Revolutionary Communist Party — but says they are committed to a nonviolence stance. Instances of antifa violence are often justified as “self-defense.”
“Fascism cannot be defeated by speech,” Darmouth Prof. Mark Bray insisted in August.
Atlanta demonstrators have been told to bring “pots and pans” with an image of a pole poked through Trump’s severed head.
Chicago’s protesters are inspired by an image of a rope pulling down a Trump statue, which is already cut in half.
“Show this damn Trump and Pence regime that they do not rule over us,” one organizer said in a video posted on Facebook. “Let us stand together, come together, and fight this regime on November fourth.”
“‘This Nightmare Must End’ captures how millions of people feel right now…where you may face persecution or even death,” said Andy Zee, a member of the advisory board of Refuse Fascism, according to the Revolutionary Communist website.
Claiming the group has the necessary “people” and “anger” to remove the “cruel and brutal future” of the Trump administration, Zee called on mainstream news outlets to “hound the enemy: the regime, Congress, administrators from agencies such as ICE, the Border Patrol, and more.”
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