August 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--The violent clashes in Charlottesville last week between armed white supremacists on one side and far-left militants have in many ways further complicated the American political landscape, in part by turning a militant fringe anarchist movement into a household name. In his rally in Phoenix on Wednesday, Donald Trump used the bully pulpit to name the group. "You know, they show up in the helmets and the black masks, and they've got clubs and they've got everything — Antifa!" The group was credited with the Berkeley riots in April where they caused $100,000 in property damage. Anti-fascists were part of the violent demonstrations in February at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. A member of Antifa was featured in the viral video from inauguration day sucker-punching white supremacist David Spencer. Antifa has been particularly visible at recent demonstrations, especially in Charlottesville, where the armed anarchists drew a strange degree of sympathy from the national media as they physically fought neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Daryl Johnson is a former domestic terrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security and founder of DT Analytics, a consultancy group focused on domestic extremism. He broadly puts Antifa in the "the violent anarchist category." Anarchists have been part of the extremist landscape for decades, but only recently emerged under this new name, affiliated with the European anti-fascist network. "From a threat perspective, we would put them on the low-end," Johnson said, noting these groups are typically involved in property destruction. Antifa has used violence against police officers on the front lines of protests and physically confronted white supremacists, but they don't represent the same kind of threat to the public as far-right extremists. View More>>

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