4. Antifa are not armed, they are not packing into busses and they are not coming for you.
There have been persistent rumors in multiple states that this is happening. It isn’t true. There are no busses, and Antifa do not carry arms. When they engage, it’s hand to hand, with an occasional rock or water bottle thrown into the mix.
This rumor has been seen in Illinois, Oregon, Idaho, California and elsewhere. In some cases locals have banded together with militias to protect themselves. Some believe they have frightened the invaders away. But there is not one tiny bit of evidence that there was ever a threat to begin with.
We understand these rumors seem compelling and very scary — but that’s why they persist. People want to blame left-wing extremists for the protests instead of overwhelming support for Black Lives Matter. They want you to think they are violent. Most of the violence has been police initiated. These rumors are compelling enough that even some law enforcement have warned people of them, saying they do not know if they are true.
5. Is Antifa a new thing?
No. Antifa began as an idea in the early 20th century in Europe. As fascism rose, anti-fascism rose, though it took different forms. In the US, Antifa has been a loose affiliation of like-minded people. The right tends to use Antifa as a catch-all phrase meaning leftist extremists.
6. Is Antifa a terrorist group?
No one has ever killed anyone in U.S. in the name of Antifa, or threatened innocent people for political purposes. The definition of a terrorist group is a bit vague, and there’s no official definition of a domestic terror group. But Antifa isn’t an organization or group. They aren’t armed, and they only threaten Fascists who are threatening others. In short, no. They do not act like terrorists.
They have shown up as protesters, and counter-protesters. People who identify as Antifa have been responsible for vandalism and property damage, and some assaults against extremists at rallies — none inflicting critical injuries. They have been known to “dox” or publish identifying information about members of neo-nazi or other fascist groups.