Willamette Week, “Rose City Antifa Distances Itself From Protesters Who Smashed Windows, Vandalized Property”

The group says protests that are not in direct opposition to the far right are more aptly described as “anarchist, anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian, or another term.”

Tess Riski, February 2, 2021

In an email to local media Feb. 1, Rose City Antifa seemed to distance itself from recent protests that have led to vandalism.

“Rose City Antifa has not been organizing recent protests, although we stand in solidarity with those who express opposition to current systems of oppression,” the Portland anti-fascist group, founded in 2007, wrote.

“While many of the people involved may consider themselves anti-fascists in ideology, we narrowly define anti-fascism as actions taken to oppose the insurgent right wing,” the group said. “Under this definition, protests that are not involved in direct opposition to far-right violence and instead combat the state, capitalism, etc., would…be more accurately described as anarchist, anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian, or another term.”

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