Antifa (United States)

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An antifa sticker on a road sign in Duluth, Minnesota, 2017

The antifa (/ænˈtfə, ˈæntiˌfɑː/),[1] short for anti-fascist, movement in the United States is a militant[2] far-left-wing, anti-fascist political activist movement.[3][4][5] It is made up of activist groups that protest with the use of direct action instead of policy changes.[6][7]

The methods include protesting, digital activism, property damage, physical violence and harassment against those who they see as fascist, racist, or on the far-right.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

The movement has anti-capitalist views and support anarchism, communism, liberalism, social democracy and socialism.[14]

It has been called a terrorist movement by President Donald Trump after the group took part in the George Floyd protests in 2020.[15]

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  1. "Language Log " Ask Language Log: How to pronounce "Antifa"?". Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  2. "Who Are Antifa?".
  3. "An Inside Look at the Antifa Movement". KNTV. September 27, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017. NBC Bay Area sat down with several militant Antifa protesters...
  4. Blow, Ashli (September 18, 2017). "Man with swastika armband gets punched in downtown Seattle while yelling at people". KIRO-TV. Retrieved October 13, 2017. Antifa, a militant anti-fascist political movement...
  5. Cummings, Ian; Rice, Glenn E. (September 14, 2017). "Confused about antifa, protests and KC guns laws? Here's the deal". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved October 13, 2017. Antifa ... is a movement of militant leftist activists promoting direct action against white supremacists and fascists.
  6. Bogel-Burroughs, Nicholas (2 July 2019). "What Is Antifa? Explaining the Movement to Confront the Far Right". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  7. "Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists". Wired. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  8. Steakin, William (May 4, 2017). "What is Antifa? Controversial far-left group defends use of violence". AOL. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  9. Cammeron, Brenna (August 14, 2017). "Antifa: Left-wing militants on the rise". BBC News. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  10. Kaste, Martin; Siegler, Kirk (June 16, 2017). "Fact Check: Is Left-Wing Violence Rising?". National Public Radio. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  11. Mattoni, Alice. "Voices of dissent: activists' engagements in the creation of alternative, autonomous, radical and independent media". CiteSeerX {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  12. Klein, Adam (2019). "From Twitter to Charlottesville: Analyzing the Fighting Words Between the Alt-Right and Antifa". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. Fuller, Thomas; Feuer, Alan; Kovaleski, Serge F. (August 17, 2017). "'Antifa' Grows as Left-Wing Faction Set to, Literally, Fight the Far Right". The New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2017. [...] the diverse collection of anarchists, communists and socialists has found common cause in opposing right-wing extremists and white supremacists
  14. "Antifa: Trump says group will be designated "terrorist organisation"". BBC News. May 31, 2020. Retrieved June 1, 2020.