The Historian Who Wrote the Antifa Handbook Defends Fighting Violence With Violence

Trump has branded the radical left antifa movement a terrorist organization, and many think it has gone too far. But historian Mark Bray, who has studied it, says violence can be justified when battling fascism

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White supremacists, neo-Nazis and other protesters at the August 12, 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which quickly morphed into a violent confrontation with hundreds of antifa activists.
White supremacists, neo-Nazis and other protesters at the August 12, 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which quickly morphed into a violent confrontation with hundreds of antifa activists.Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Tzach Yoked
Tzach Yoked

Last May 28, three days after a police officer killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, an angry mass of protesters stormed the headquarters of the force’s Third Precinct. “We have to move, we have to move,” an officer was heard urging on the police radio, at 9:53 P.M. Immediately afterward another panicked officer said the door had been breached: “they’re breaking in, they’re breaking in.” Some 10 police vehicles abandoned the station under a barrage of stones, glass bottles, firecrackers, boards – whatever the demonstrators could lay their hands on.

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