Al Jazeera: What is Antifa?

Antifa, short for anti-fascists, is an amorphous movement, not an organisation as Trump often says it is.

June 1, 2020

Eager for an enemy to blame for the violent protests rocking the United States, President Donald Trump on Sunday signalled that he was preparing to label those associated with the Antifa movement as “domestic terrorists” and treat them accordingly, though legal experts say such a move would be unconstitutional and even if legal, would be hard to enforce. 

Antifa, short for anti-fascists, is not a concrete group, rather an amorphous movement. Anti-fascists of the movement tend to be grouped on the leftward fringes of the US political spectrum, many describing themselves as socialists, anarchists, communists or anti-capitalists.

The issue Trump and his law enforcement cohorts face is how to corral adherents of a decentralised movement with no known leaders, no headquarters, and no clear ideology other than opposition to whatever its adherents see as right-wing, or fascist, movements.

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