January 20th 2018: I blame Claude Taylor for the attack on a 56-year-old man. This former associate of the Bill Clinton White House tweeted out the location for Mike Cernovich’s A Night For Freedom event. “Please DO NOT share this address with anyone, even a friend, and do not post it on social media. We don’t want people calling or emailing to harass the venue,” the email says.
It was supposed to be a fun night. Something that recaptured the entertainment of Deploraball the year before. Instead of Washington DC though, A Night For Freedom happened at the FREQ Club in New York City. A saving grace of a place. Able to host at the last-minute after the first choice cancelled. Over 500 people attended. There were some lovely panels. Jared Holt, BuzzFeed, and HuffPost people were all in attendance. Apparently they like to torture themselves. Roughly 80 Antifa crashed the party and someone got hurt. People blamed Chelsea Manning after the fact, but upon looking into it that notion is baseless. The following day after the attack happened, Claude Taylor has the balls to deny responsibility. “Oh, puleeze. And what the hell is Antifa anyway?” Bullshit. An innocent man’s blood is on your hands, Claude Taylor.
The assailant was Antifa member David Campbell, a 30-year-old from Brooklyn. David’s assortment of charges: loitering, resisting arrest, assaulting a cop, possession of a weapon, and assault for strangling a guy. “I saw him hit the old man,” a witness told NY Daily News. “One hit. He swung hard. He hit him hard. The old man’s head hit the curb.” The immediate aftermath of the attack was captured by Jonathan Levine. At the 3:40 mark you can see Antifa go crazy that Levine is filming. Two others suffered injuries. They tried jumping James O’ Keefe as he was leaving. “These guys are f—–g terrorists,” Cernovich said. It took nearly two years. But in October 2019 Campbell pleaded guilty and was given an 18 month prison sentence. (Breitbart) (BuzzFeed) (Gateway Pundit) (II) (Inquisitr) (International Business Times) (NY Daily News) (NY Post) (II)
February 2nd 2018: Jacob Rees-Mogg got sucked into a fight at University of West England as protesters showed up to ambush his speaking event. Student Witness Testimony: “There were about 300 people and the lecture theatre was full. It was the biggest political event at UWE ever. Suddenly 12 protesters wearing black balaclavas and masks burst in through an insecure back door. It was very intimidating for all of the students.” Each side tried blaming the other. (Breitbart) (BBC) (Daily Mail) (Sky News) (The Guardian) (Independent)
March 3rd 2018: Roughly $100,000 in damage to shops on Locke Street in Hamilton, Ontario. Done by a group of Anarchists on a late night bender, as evidence points to a book fair meeting that happened earlier on. That’s on top of photos and video evidence. Police report of the incident says there were no injuries but windows were shattered and vehicles were damaged by a group calling themselves “ungovernables.” Anarchist Peter Hopperton was arrested for it the next month. (Global News) (CBC) (The Hamilton Spectator)
March 5th 2018: Sargon tried to have a talk with Yaron Brook at the King’s College London. It didn’t go over so good after Antifa ambushed the event. A video from Sargon covers the entire evening. They pulled a fire alarm and there was a brief scuffle in which Sargon ended up getting an Antifa flag as a trophy. Sargon’s opponents accuse him of being an “alt-right mouthpiece” and boasted about shutting the event down. (Breitbart) (Daily Caller) (Reason) (Washington Examiner) (RT) (Daily Mail) (Telegraph)
March 5th 2018: Christina Sommers wanted to do an event at the Lewis and Clark Law School over in Portland, Oregon. The National Lawyer’s Guild didn’t like that idea. The local chapter put out a letter saying that her “free discourse” is a lie. That Sommers was somehow invalid because she supported MRAs and knew Milo Yiannopoulos. Christina Sommers was somehow fueling reactionaries by her simple critique of third-wave feminism. The National Lawyer’s Guild led a protest at her event. Here’s a YouTube video showing what this looked like. “Mic check. We choose. To protest. Male supremacy. Not give it. A platform. Christina Sommers. Has repeatedly. Delegitimized. The suffering of women. Worldwide. We believe. Our siblings. And our comrades. Women are not. Liars with victim mentalities. Rape culture is not a myth. Microaggressions are real. The gender wage gap is real.” One girl had a “stay woke” jacket. The protest mob barraged Sommers with questions and screamed things like “WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?” at her. A so-called Diversity Dean present at the event forced Christina to cut her speech short. Andy Ngo documented the chaos of the evening. (Breitbart) (Campus Reform) (Daily Caller) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (National Review) (Reason) (Rebel Media) (Red State) (Twitchy) (Washington Examiner)
March 5th 2018: It was a big day for protests. Alongside Sargon and Sommers, Jordan Peterson did a talk at Queen’s University that was heavily protested. It was called “The Rising Tide of Compelled Speech in Canada,” and a group of 150 people worked hard to prove that point. This is compared to the roughly 900 attendees who gathered inside Grant Hall at Queen’s University. Also, good marketing for Peterson’s newly published book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. “Lock them in and burn it down” the protesters chanted. (Seriously. Here’s proof of that.) A couple of people made their way into the lecture hall and jumped up on stage to interrupt the event.
One woman went around the side of the building hall where everyone was gathered, and broke a window. She fled the scene, resisted arrest, and police found a weapon in her backpack when they brought her in. “What terrible things are going through the mind of someone who brings a garrotte to a demonstration?” tweeted Dr. Peterson. The protest organizer, Claire Constance, told one media outlet it was racist to arrest the window attacker. “We must remember that Indigenous Peoples are unable to trust police given the police track record for anti-Indigenous violence,” she said. Much of the vitriol and anger surrounding him in the first place came from his public opposition to Bill C-16, and the state-forced usage of gendered pronouns. (CTV News) (Daily Wire) (Globe and Mail) (Global News) (National Post) (Red State) (Toronto Sun) (Washington Examiner) (Whig Standard)
March 25th 2018: Antifa firebombs a Turkish mosque in Kassel, Germany. We know this because the group took credit for it and explained their motives. According to them, members of the far-right Great Unity Party of Turkey used that building. The big picture being this mosque arson happened because of the clash with the Turkish military in Northern Syria. (Breitbart) (hna.de)
April 14th/15th 2018: The attack at Sevenoaks isn’t a story you heard about in the papers. That’s because a group of Far Left Antifa mobbed Generation Identity at an ambush in a car park. Take a good look at them, they exist. Not something that the mainstream tends to look favourable on.
“On Sat the 14th, GI was to have an international coming together of all of the different branches of their chapters. They had booked a venue in North London and had cooperated with the police fully in making it a safe event. At the last minute, the police pulled the rug. They said they found the event unnecessary and troublesome, much like the same rationale with which they banned @Lauren_Southern, @BrittPettibone and @Martin_Sellner from the country in the first place. Rather than cancelling the event, GI had a back up. Another secret venue. GI called in the unparalleled coordination, security and intel services of yours truly and a band of merry cohorts to help ensure the safety and success of the event. After all, a high tide rises all ships. We were happy to oblige. Antifa were not happy bunnies. An estimated 500 of them were dotted in tube stations all over London waiting to be given the location they ‘thought’ we were going to be at, i.e the first one, not realising we’d moved to a location outside London. Just outside. Rendering all their day travelcards useless.😢 The first half of the day went swimmingly, with a strenuous verification process weeding all undesirables & suspicious characters out. Once we’d done that, we headed to the real venue, 5 minutes away, in a place that will go down in the internet history book as… ‘Sevenoaks’… The event got off to a shaky start with a few technical problems, but just after lunch it found its groove & the audience of about 50 identitarian patriots, 25 @lads_alliance boys & a plethora of alt-media types such as @lucyfrown, @OpinionatedEuro & @ShmufkinTV being treated to some great speeches and videos. Networking abounded and all was peaceful in the land. That was until the inevitable leak in the boat passed on our location to assorted antifa types online who were quick to disseminate the info to all of their budding criminals. In the end, only about 25 antifa showed up. Scared, I guess. They waited for us in a nearby car park hoping to ambush us in a woefully miscalculated attack. They called the venue and harassed them and threatened them with damage to the building to the point where they asked us to wrap up early. So we did. We headed to the nearby pub to drink and be jolly. On the way, we saw the paltry ambush attempt and seeing an opportunity, took the fight to them. We squared up. They shat. And here, dear friends, is where it gets SPICY!”
Half of the story here though, is the build up.
The Oppose Generation Identity Conference page on Facebook was a separate pop-up standalone hub. Early discussions included suggestions of poisoning the attendees. It was sparse when it came to individual input. One person simply asked for some directions. Another said they couldn’t come but cheered the effort on nonetheless. The case of Andrew Ward is interesting, given how he supposedly previously threatened US activists with his firearms collection.
London Antifascists said “Don’t comment saying you are attending or not,” to foreshadow what was to come. Don’t want to incriminate themselves! Not everyone listened. “Are they definately there,” wrote lawyer Matt Goldborough. What a coincidence that Mr. Goldborough has a past as one of Stand Up to Racism’s advocates. Charles Polák, who works at the BBC, decided to out himself by sharing a video from the Opposing Generation Identity Conference page. “I incline to Georgism on taxation and general economic policy, but couldn’t disagree more about Antifa. Down with the Right!” Polák later wrote on Twitter. Most of the Antifa activists decided to keep a clean profile. An exception to this was Charlie Bayles. Who made his Far Left ideology clear in one of the discussions on his Facebook page.
In response to “do they deserve to be punched?” Charlie said the following:
“Die-hard fascists (those who will turn out at every local rally to yell racist abuse and harm minorities) do not care for discourse, do not care for bridging divides, they believe in a ideology fostered upon violence towards “the other”. Only harm nazis in self-defence and outnumber them at rallies, that’s how to discredit their movement, disconnecting yourself from the conflict only allows their message to grow stronger. These folks are for ethnic genocide or ‘cleansing’, they shouldn’t be treated the same way as climate-change deniers or neo-liberals, they must be physically confronted as physical confrontation is all they know.”
When it came to the OPPOSE GI pop-up Twitter account, they used Hope not Hate’s “research” to justify their charge. A WordPress blog was made to help astroturf the scope of this effort. That, plus some GIFs. The positive of this Twitter account is that it gives us a glimpse as to the Far Left’s activities overall with this ambush planning, via Twitter. Occupy SOAS and the Anti-Fascist Network handled advertising. Oppose GI hired a group called “Protest Stencil” to put up posters around the city. They depicted a fist punching the Generation Identity logo. Various Antifa Twitter accounts chipped in with signal boosting their planned attack against Generation Identity.
It managed to get the attention of American activist Daryle Lamont Jenkins, founder of One People’s Project. Between the Antifa’s hit lists put out by Anti-Fascist Network and Oppose GI wishing for people to die, it’s a wonder why. Plan C even had a ‘Smash Nazi Hipsters!’ banner unveiled. Everything was coming up ultraviolence. But to these people it was ok because Hope not Hate said these people were all bad. Explicitly so. Given how HnH’s Joe Mulhall force-fed the report to Antifa groups and Oppose GI’s page directly.
“Make no mistake – without opposition, #GenerationIdentity will continue to recruit young people to their fascist organization & empower the Far Right not only here in Britain, but abroad. Which side are you on?” tweeted Far Left Antifa activist Mike Stuchbery. He made a long rallying cry thread in order to drum up Antifa attention to the Oppose GI account.
The day of the 14th: the London Antifascists called out the specific location of where the mob was to go. Many did, James Poulter of VICE among them. He runs libcom.org and they advertised the Far Left’s opposition. Joe Mulhall also tweeted out the event location. So did Hope not Hate’s official Twitter account. In fact, HnH taunted them about it. “The organisers at the @GeneratIdentity event, taking place at @StagSevenoaks, have just been griping to each other about the location of the conference being publicised. They’d probably be annoyed if a lot of people RT’d this.”
Hope not Hate is the same outlet propped up by the Independent. Who was one of the only outlets that decided to write about the upcoming conference before it happened. They took quotes from Joe Mulhall in order to paint Generation Identity as a gang of white supremacists. Indeed, we’re talking about the same guy who had inspired the Far Left opposition. “These are racial ideas that are much more extreme than something like the EDL would have ever posited. That’s why it’s so worrying – they look very moderate and respectable but they’re actually pushing a very extreme far-right ideology,” Mulhall said. The article makes it sound like Joe Mulhall is above getting dirty. But he’s not.
The Independent also advertised the Facebook event page where Antifa organized their call to violence. “Hi therem could I use this image in an article in the @Independent if I credit you? Thanks,” tweeted the Independent’s May Bulamn to Oppose GI. Completely ignoring the violence Antifa had planned. Oppose GI broadcasted the location and followed up by intimidating the venue on Twitter. Other Antifa activists joined in. One Antifa guy even wanted to find out which hotel G.I.’s people from out-of-town were staying in. “Have fun,” wrote Mark Malone.
Just to put it in context: Hope not Hate is the same so-called charity that otherwise claims to be peaceful. But ultimately their idea of “combating hate” is with violence. “The Generation Identity meeting is in Sevenoaks (right by the station). Barely London, but you can catch a train there from London Bridge in half an hour… Let’s go Nazi hunting. Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ZZ @OpposeGI” said the Anti-Fascist Network Twitter.
How did Hope not Hate respond to the mob attack? They didn’t bring it up at all. Meanwhile Oppose GI was gloating about how they shut the whole conference down. “A huge well done to all who worked to shut down the Generation Identity conference. Particularly @OpposeGI @ldnantifascists and all in @AntiFascistNetw. We are proud to know you *solidarity fistbump* #opposegi #antifa” wrote Kent Anti Racism Net who helped coordinate the assault. For causing head trauma and bleeding to one guy, Antifa James Larkin proudly declared “#Nazi #Fash met an unstoppable force #Kent bust his head 🤣 ✊🏼✊🏿✊🏾✊🏻✊✊🏽 #OpposeGI #AntiFa.”
What happened at Sevenoaks was done within a matter of minutes, in terms of the physical confrontation. The lead up of it had the staff of The Stag working to shoo out the Generation Identity conference attendees. After the Antifa pressure managed to kick in and they felt like they had no other choice. So the GI group filtered back to the car parking lot where the Far Left mob was waiting. “FUCKING NAZIS ARE HAVING A CONFERENCE IN THE CAR PARK, EVERYBODY. THEY GOT KICKED OUT OF THEIR PUB! PEOPLE OF SEVENOAKS. FASCISTS IN THE CAR PARK! THEY GOT KICKED OUT OF THEIR PUB FOR BEING NAZIS! THEY’RE IN THE CAR PARK OVER HERE, EVERYBODY!”
What happens when you get two politically opposing groups next to one another, unsupervised? Fighting breaks out. Two blokes went at it one-on-one. As soon as that starts happening, you got each side motivated to jump in and help their respective members. A couple more Antifa show up from down the street, with one of them climbing over a railing yelling “HEY” and throwing a water bottle. GI’s Damhait McKenna and an Antifa girl get into a tussle. One Far Leftie tried to sucker punch someone from behind, but the person they were after turned around just in time to notice. Before you know it, this car park had erupted into an all-out brawl. Something that climaxed with Lucy Brown on the ground with an Antifa girl named Lola. She was someone that didn’t listen to Lucy outright saying “I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT YOU” when approaching her. Lola lost her bandana all meanwhile Lola ripped off a chunk of Lucy’s hair.
It was then the police arrived to break it up. One Antifa man of color decided to scream “IM BLACK” as his mates pulled him away from the scene. Lucy accosted an Antifa woman who decided to bring her CHILD to this occasion (although some of the other Antifa members present did indeed look quite young). Again, Hope not Hate failed to mention any of this Antifa brawl in their report on the day’s events. Even though photographers seemed to be in the area.
Nonetheless, the G.I. gang’s morale remained unshaken that day. It’s worth saying: the Hope not Hate “version” of events that would’ve been preferable to people like Lucy Brown. The Far Left Antifa mob didn’t need to come at all. Everyone would’ve just gone home from The Stag afterwards.
Three members on the right-wing side were later taken to court over the Sevenoaks affair. On the basis that the altercation “frightened” shoppers in the area. In the end the legal system bought into the narrative that Hope not Hate was selling. Despite the charity’s involvement in that exact mob attack. The one where Antifa cheered at drawing blood.
And that was all on the 14th. Now how about the 15th?
The 120db movement as an offshoot of Generation Identity took cues from the #MeToo movement. In the vein that women’s rights were important in the conversation of migration. A pattern of sexual abuse prevalent among refugees needed a lens shined upon it. But as you can imagine, the Far Left disagreed with this. “An all-white fascist group masquerading as feminists are coming to London,” tweeted gal-dem magazine.
“This Sunday, 120db are doing a Voices of the Forgotten Women talk at Speakers Corner in London’s Hyde Park and we need to be there to challenge them. The talk will be led by Annika Franziska, a founder of 120dB and member of Generation Identity, an equally abhorrent racist movement that, according to Hope Not Hate, calls for “ethnopluralism” – separating and segregating people along racial lines.”
They accused 120dB of “LIES” and said the group was trying to capitalize on some kind of war against PoC. The Anti-Fascist Network, Oppose GI, Anti-Fascist Intel, and Kent Anti Racism Net got on their bullhorns again. To oppress a group of women with different opinions than theirs.
“Urgent call out for tomorrow. Don’t let fascist group 120 Decibels preach hate in the name of feminism. See you at Speakers Corner at 10am,” Kent Anti Racism Net tweeted. “Oi London! There are actual white supremacists on their way to Hyde Park! Are you gonna have that? Stop Generation Identity’s faux #metoo spin off blaming migrants,” wrote the Anti-Fascist Network.
At Speaker’s Corner Antifa ran a counterprotest which they claim had over 100 attendees versus 120dB’s 30 people. The 120dB crowd looked more organized. The Antifa crowd was a sea of masked faces standing around. Being loud. Their one guy who was banging drums got yelled at by police. They chanted things like “NAZI SCUM OFF OUR STREETS” and “BYE BYE GI.” When asked why they wear the masks? “I’m protecting my family,” said one guy wearing a mask. They had no interest in debate or discussion. “WE WANT TO TALK WHERE YA GOING?!?” Lucy said as the Antifa mob marched away from the police line.
The Far Left seemed to change their tune. Before the 15th they asserted “Generation Identity = bunch of rabid anti-feminist white supremacists pretending to give a shit about womens rights.” But as the day happened they characterized GI as a small group of conspiracy nuts that left Hyde Park after half an hour. It didn’t stop them from continuing to breathe down GI’s necks anyway.
After the Speaker’s Corner gathering, an Antifa scout named Madeleine Noor Baker followed the group to the Duke of York pub. Going as far as to take pictures of their location to report back to the Oppose GI account. Antifa soon arrived and boxed them into the building. At one point they had a mini-parade where they marched with a “SMASH GI SUPPORT ALL WOMEN —> BERKS CREW” banner. According to Baker, the pub stopped serving the group and the police escorted them to the train station. “Genetation Identity escorted onto train and of town. Good. Fuck off,” Madeline wrote. Afterwards, Antifa managed to “convince” the pub to donate to charity any money the GI group spent. Berkshire Antifa claimed victory. Although London Anti-fascists made it clear it was a group effort. “Generation Identity have just been escorted to Edgware Rd station and out of the area-thanks to everyone who showed solidarity and support this weekend @AntiFascistNetw @OpposeGI @geoffreyjewdas @KentAntiRacism @NorthLondonAF @weareplanc and anyone else we’ve missed,” they tweeted.
If I was the Duke of York pub, I too would’ve felt compelled to donate. If I looked out my window and saw this group of masked thugs taking a photo op outside my establishment. The police of course had to deal with the Far Left crowd too. Antifa’s recollection of the day left that part out.
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May 6th 2018: Day for Freedom was billed as an event where those who were banned in the UK from various platforms had a chance to speak their mind. But it was also a show of one-upmanship on Tommy Robinson’s part. A chance to show this so-called “FAR RIGHT” side was a much more sensible group of individuals than what people were being led to believe.
Ultimately it worked out as much. To a greater or lesser extent.
Even prominent Far Left activist Mike Stuchbery couldn’t help but acknowledge the success of Day for Freedom from an “optics” standpoint. He was in awe at the level of work that went into the event. When it came to the stage and tight knit security involved in maintaining order. Tommy Robinson’s arrival was treated with a cavalcade of cheers and applause. Most surprisingly was Stuchbery’s admission that the event wasn’t some kind of Nazi rally. “You can’t go suggesting that this was just a bunch of scared white dudes,” Mike tweeted.
That is to say, it was a pretty diverse crowd of supporters. Other Far Left talking heads tried to push it as a gathering of all racists. They were dismayed it was not. It definitely was not. That didn’t stop Guardian from making a leap of conclusions to the contrary, anyway. One of their opinion piece commentators characterized Day for Freedom as a “trojan horse” for the so-called Far Right to become mainstream. Thankfully independent journalists like Tim Pool were there to pick up the MSM’s slack.
It was the big event of right-wing politics. Being able to formally stamp a new face on the “narrative” that UK media were trying to push. The arrival of Martin Sellner launching a new branch of Generation Identity in the country threw politics into a tizzy. The Far Left was on the backend of things, as a cavalcade of events threw a wrench into the old norms. Brittany Pettibone, Martin Sellner, and Lauren Southern were all unceremoniously exiled from the UK. Their crime being their mere association with Tommy Robinson, more or less. In a more broader sense they all got detained and deported based on their criticism of Islam. Robinson was able to turn it into an opportunity though. He made a big show of going to Speaker’s Corner and sharing Sellner’s speech he had planned to give in the first place, and was prevented from doing so by the authorities.
When Generation Identity tried to have their first conference the following month, they were assaulted by: Hope not Hate, bad actors in the UK media, and a swarm of violent antifa extremists. Tommy Robinson’s cameralady Lucy Brown faced the brunt of it. Such a shock to the system by the Far Left was a wake-up call that they’d do whatever was necessary to shut up their political opposition.
The assertion that the Far Left Antifa crowd would get extreme at Day for Freedom was backed up with evidence. Namely the fact that the Brighton Antifascists were having their second annual “Physical Resistance” martial arts tournament. Attendees were invited to stay an extra day for the sake of showing up to Tommy Robinson’s Day for Freedom event.
VICE being generous in their Antifa coverage released a documentary video of Left Hook Brighton just a week beforehand. Seeing Far Left group members flat-out state they don’t trust the police, and that everyone who isn’t a vehment anti-fascist must be a fascist, all leaves little to the imagination. On that basis, the thought that people criticizing Islam doesn’t make them a racist was unheard of. People attending Day for Freedom had a solid sense of what to expect from Antifa. Their crowd wasn’t exactly up for a public dialogue.
“Dear @BBCNews I was delivering a pizza to Downing Street earlier and ran into this huge crowd stretching back all the way up Whitehall and beyond. Yet, nothing on news. Any idea what it was all about?” tweeted Martin Knight.
Even now, it’s surreal to me seeing Martin Sellner and Lauren Southern’s faces on a massive TV screen in front of a huge rally crowd. But former Breitbart editor Raheem Kassem flashed images of Theresa May and Sadiq Khan. He told the crowd they were “the rebellion” against their leadership. You’d be an idiot to call Kassem a white supremacist given the man’s dark complexion.
Ali Dawah is an Islamic activist that had previously clashed with YouTuber Lauren Southern on the issue of immigration. Ali called out the Day for Freedom organizers on Twitter:”if you don’t invite me to your event, you’re a bunch of free speech hypocrites!” At first Tommy’s people said no. But Tommy came in and told his group to book him. Facebook posts saying “YES Dawah is coming” or “NO Dawah is NOT coming” were made and deleted. To the confusion of the public. A photo posted by Count Dankula shows that Ali Dawah was indeed on the schedule. But Tommy changed his mind at the last minute and blamed the fallout on Lucy Brown. What fallout? Ali Dawah showed up and brought his mate Mohamed Hijab with him. Given the confusion surrounding that, a contingent of drunk FLA guys ganged up on both Dawah and Lucy Brown, who had approached Ali Dawah to try and debate. The FLA group got physical towards Dawah and the police had to break it up. They escorted Ali and Mohamed to safety.
Sargon of Akkad expressed his disappointment Dawah couldn’t come up on stage as initially planned. I too condemn it.
The long standing tradition of the UK political establishment was not giving Tommy Robinson the time of day in terms of acknowledgement. It was easier to paint him as “fringe” that way. Former leader of UKIP Gerard Batten made that untenable. Recent events in the months prior had caught Batten’s eye, and at the time UKIP was seen as the best potential hope of getting Brexit accomplished. So his bond with Tommy Robinson was mutual in that sense. They were on familiar enough terms by the time of Day for Freedom. Mr. Batten felt more than comfortable with being one of the main speakers. The best point in his speech was emphasizing the need for people to organize politically in order to get their message out to the world. Batten wasn’t alone. District Councillor Jack McLean attended. Someone spotted UKIP’s London regional chairman Freddy Vachha shaking hands with folks. UKIP Mid Sussex Chairman Chris French described the day as “fantastic & peaceful.”
Anne–Marie Waters spoke at Day for Freedom. She was emblematic of the whole point of the event given the fact she was forced to step down as a candidate for the For Britain party. Under the pretense that any criticism of Islam as an ideology is somehow hate speech. This in the UK is backed up by a set of vague draconian “hate speech laws” that oftentimes led people to self-censor. Out of fear. The speech by Waters made these points and wasn’t solely just some baseless “crucifixion” of Muslims as people. It was about wanting a truly free country again for Britain. Another female speaker at Day for Freedom was Shazia Hobbs. When it comes to diversity, not only was she a girl, but a Pakistani one at that! Alas, critcizing Islam meant all of that leftist leniancy was thrown out the window. Shazia Hobbs indeed took comfort in the hopes of what Donald Trump represented. That’s because the alternative was Sadiq Khan. London’s mayor used one of Shazia’s tweets (despite denial from London officials) to depict Hobbs as some kind of hateful person. It’s no wonder she used her speech to criticize the UK’s grooming gang problems and the haphazard focus of the police to crackdown on online comments instead.
There’s a million and one different reasons as to why Milo Yiannopoulos attended Day for Freedom. But for our purposes here he’s best described as the pioneer of angering the Far Left to protest in the United States. He still had a way with words: “Truth and righteousness are behind you. You are the vanguard, you are the dark nights, the first men and women to proudly stand with your heads above the parapet, caring nothing for the bullets that come your way and I salute you.”
Former VICE founder Gavin McInnes was in attendance. People tend to forget that part of Gavin’s life. Instead labeling him as the Proud Boys founder first and foremost so it’s easier for the left to politically persecute him. A YouTuber by the name of Count Dankula was there. With bagpipes. He earned a spot as one of the event’s main speakers due to the controversy surrounding him teaching his dog to do a Hitler salute on command. Longtime YouTuber Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad) was one of Day for Freedom’s main speakers. He had long since caught the ire of the Big Tech establishment ever since the heyday of Anita Sarkeesian and GamerGate. So much so in fact that Twitter booted him off. What Carl talked about in his speech was the slope of how not being able to criticize Islam fed into identity politics which in turn became the foundation of “curated speech” on Big Tech platforms.
“Free Speech isn’t owned by the Right, it isn’t owned by the Left, and it certainly isn’t owned by the fucking government” said Count Dankula.
He had a point. It’s something that you could see the crowd fighting against. Day for Freedom was a free speech event. Tommy Robinson advertised it as much. The beginner’s stage of understanding were the folks who held up signs like “NO TO SHARIA LAW.” To which the Far Left cry as racism. The same sort of shaky grounds that led to the deportation of Brittany Pettibone, Martin Sellner, and Lauren Southern. Which brings folks up to the next stage. Those holding up the sort of signs that say “WAKE UP BRITAIN STOP CENSORSHIP OF THOUGHT.” It’s at this point the fuller picture becomes clear. The crackdown on anything deemed “hate speech” by the E.U. being a push for social cohesion. Therein meaning the European leadership in Brussels trying to flex and maintain their political power. Something seen in the final stage of signs saying “THE ESTABLISHMENT ARE UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY” and t-shirts with “IM TURNING MY BACK ON THE EU” written on the rear.
Tommy Robinson went out on a limb to include a drag performer at the event. Worthwhile to make the point about diversity of opinions and perspectives. For a crowd that was presumably going to boo Vanity von Glow, they did the opposite and cheered her on. Vanity’s immediate involvement went off without a hitch. In the days after the fact, however, it’s a different story.
Vanity von Glow was shunned for their involvement in the Tommy Robinson event. “London queer venue @Her_Upstairs posts statement saying it will no longer book drag performer Vanity von Glow who sang at yesterday’s #DayforFreedom free speech event,” said one tweet. The reasoning behind it was the venue saw it as some kind of tacit endorsement of Robinson’s politics. In Vanity’s statement, they had a lot to say. It was clearly a freedom of speech matter to her and clearly done from that aspect alone. The capacity to disagree civilly is the only reason LGBT acceptance was able to flourish, they wrote.
You’d have to be willfully obtuse in order to extrapolate nefarious meaning out of what Day for Freedom was all about. “WE ARE HERE TO DEFEND YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH” is what the main sign read. Even so, to some, such a sign meant that “the nazis are on the march.” This completely ignores placards with “FREE SPEECH IS A CIVIL RIGHT” and “MORE FREE SPEECH NOT LESS” written on them. Lo and behold the main sign hoisted up by the Far Left counterprotest was “TOMMY ROBINSON FUCKING LIAR.”
The lying they are referring to is the notion that Tommy Robinson was somehow not putting on a free speech focused event. This being the same place where Tommy and the authorities allowed Antifa their right to counterprotest. At the same event where the Antifa crowd tried to intimidate their political adversaries. “Giving the DFLA and Tommy Robinson the welcome they deserve. Nazi scum off our streets!” tweeted the trade union protester.
In Tommy Robinson’s speech he talked about a 16-year-old lad who went to Speakers’ Corner to debate Ali Daweh. Apparently within the week before Day for Freedom, counter-terrorism officials from UK’s PREVENT program showed up at his house over it. Over his opinions on Islam. Although it never went anywhere in the long run, it was bold for Tommy Robinson to say he was taking Twitter to court. The real message behind his speech was that it was crazy so many people had to turn up to this event in order to stand for free expression.
There was supposed to be a large Far Left Antifa crowd there. The Anti-Fascist Student Network (AFSN)/Plan C London/London Antifascists/Anti-Fascist Network put out a rallying call on social media (Facebook) to mobilize their army of activists. Antifa were out to disrupt an event they saw as “some nationalist bullshit.” There’s testimony that shows the Far Left harassed Day for Freedom attendees. Incredibly ironic since the likes of the union crowd tweeted “with my @RMTunion family shouting across the barriers. They are not alt right! Their fascists! They think some peoples lives are worth more than others.”
Of course there was some Far Left Antifa mob action. Brought to you by RT’s UK branch, who had the good foresight to livestream the day. The first 38 minutes of which shows the police line holding them back. The authorities on scene didn’t want any funny business or roughhousing from anyone. They even brought horses. Livestream highlights happen at around the fourteen and fifteen minute marks as the mob tries to break through. “NAZI SCUM OFF OUR STREETS” they shout in a pillar of smoke. They wanted so much to break through and get in a scuffle with the DFLA. But to no avail. By the seventeen minute mark the cops have them contained.
We know Antifa were frustrated thanks to remarks made by anarchist journalist Lisa Mckenzie. “Utterly disappointed. 10 of us confronted the Tommy Robinson free speech rally while the left were half a mile away singing ‘Whose streets our streets’ while kettled in by the police,” Lisa tweeted.
Ten? I was told by Stand Up to Racism there were hundreds. Apparently not. The truth was the Far Left was intimidated by the vast crowd size. “It’s really worrying that there’s a load of people there and not all that many of us. This cannot come to London and there be more of them than us,” said an Antifa named Freddi.
Lisa Mckenzie was there on the protest line. Mckenzie’s crowd had different interpretations as to what free speech meant. It’s worth pointing her out because it demonstrates an inner-faction distinction of tactics by left-wing groups. This is what Lisa had to say about the Stand Up to Racism crowd: “They were half a mile away singing out of earshot. And shouting slogans that had little meaning. Taking selfies of themselves at the demo. This is out dated, and inefficient.”
Stand Up to Racism projected as if their crowd was an entirely peaceful and well-meaning group. Posturing that they were the very antithesis of the “evil” they claimed Tommy Robinson represented. They got video footage of DFLA people “trying to attack anti racists” after all. Clearly Tommy’s crowd were the bad guys! Right? Not quite. SUTR is the type of organization that leaves details out. “One counter-protester wasn’t too fond of cameras…” wrote Twitter user @scoopdiwoop. He filmed one Far Leftist trying to intimidate an independent cameraman. The Antifa crowd didn’t like people recording them if they weren’t one of their own folks doing it. That’s how they control their online reputation.
I’m not afraid to admit that there was ugliness on both sides. But this whole effort is to point out what was overlooked. For example, there was a pub attack by Antifa after the main event. “The tables were quickly tidied but the smashed glass remained everywhere after the #Antifa attack in the pub, shortly after the #DayForFreedom event,” someone tweeted with picture evidence.
“At a pub, ANTIFA just bike-locked a guy’s head. His head is dripping with blood. This is how they treat peaceful people just trying to have a drink,” wrote former Breitbart writer Charlie Nash. It was a firsthand account. There’s a picture of the back of the victim’s head. Warning for those with sensitive eyes, but you can see the gory damage here.
Apparently Lisa Mckenzie’s definition of “inefficient” was rectified by having Antifa commit an evening of ambush assaults.
“Everyone was enjoying themselves and having a drink at a pub when we noticed a guy walk through the crowd outside covered in blood. He told us that he had been assaulted with a bike lock by some Antifa guys and was then rushed into the back of the pub where his wounds were covered up. An ambulance and the police came pretty fast and he was taken away to the hospital.”
The tweets made by Mr. Nash have been deleted. But the reason for that is the Far Left Antifa extremists threatened him for reporting on the attack. Another Antifa girl, Madeleine Baker, spent the day documenting attendees and speakers she saw as Nazis.
Ms. Baker proves the point that Antifa ain’t about freedom of speech whatsoever. “The power supply to their huge fuck off platform is unguarded if anyone fancies a mission #FUCKOFFTOMMY,” Baker tweeted. Attached to the tweet was a picture of the stage’s power generator backstage. The Anti-Fascist Network twitter account gave a retweet stamp of approval to the idea.
One Far Leftie, Chris Brosnahan, got into a huff and puff that there wasn’t a large crowd at Day for Freedom. His proof of that was a snapshot of the early crowd that showed up way before the main event started. Other amateur reporters clearly marked their pictures of the crowd between the early birds in contrast to the peak of the day. A more apt comparison would be showing the large right-wing crowd versus the far left trickle of a counterprotest. In all fairness, folks were tweeting out wildly varying estimates. What was it? 800? 1800 to 2000? Or was it the 8000 total cited by a UKIP official? Maybe 10,000? It seems fruitless to entertain such calculations. What we can clearly see is the Day for Freedom crowd was pretty darn big.
To further refute Chris Brosnahan’s assertion it’s worth considering how the procession progressed. A crowd of people initially congregated at Speaker’s Corner, seeing as how that’s the place where this saga started. From there they marched out and onward through London. Eventually they linked up with everyone else at Whitehall. Even when the main crowd started to taper off, their numbers were still far superior to the counterprotest’s best efforts. “Just a few hundred have turned out to oppose,” wrote The Guardian’s Damien Gayle. Among them were the likes of Graham Linehan. A comedian who would later be ostracized by the Far Left community for his views on transgender people.
Given their small group size it was easy for the police to keep the counterprotest away from Day for Freedom’s main stage. The Antifa crowd was motivated by Hope not Hate’s saber rattling. If you glance through their thread of event coverage, you’d find zero mention whatsoever of the free speech theme. Instead they painted a fantasy that the main focus of the rally was some kind of attack against Islam. Lazily, Hope not Hate outsourced their on the ground reporting to a guy named Tony McMahon. Who couldn’t find much. What little fighting he did film was apparently not enough for Hope not Hate to run with. The Evening Standard didn’t mind though. They apparently thought it was gold.
If you surveyed the British general public, odds are very few of them would know what the nation of Kekistan was. That’s because it’s imaginary. It’s an invention of Sargon of Akkad that simply represents the metaphorical nation of internet meme culture. To the delight of some and the horror of others, the Kekistan flag was on display at Day for Freedom. If we were to humor the Far Left crowd, it’d be by asserting that the Union Jack flag being flown everywhere at the rally is somehow a “gross overt display of nationalism.” Am I playing their game correctly? There were Generation Identity flags, For Britain flags, and Canada flags as well. What nefarious plots are there behind holding up lobsters and one guy dressing up like a wizard? The pug symbology on display is an easy one. It’s clearly a reference to Mr. Hitler because Count Dankula made that joke one time. Therefore Tommy Robinson ran a hate rally.
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June 3rd 2018: Both Patriot Prayer and Antifa planned rallies. The latter’s was put together by a couple of groups: Direct Action Alliance and Empower Portland. Patriot Prayer’s protest was titled “Tiny’s Freedom March.” It was apparently a farewell event for group member Tiny, as he was soon returning home to Samoa. The opposition, titled “Call to Resist Patriot Prayer Bringing Nazis to Portland.” People, and you reading, are used to seeing this by now. These events include the usual standoff: the Left and Right staring each other down, separated by the cops. “FUCK ANTIFA” one t-shirt declared. In what’s supposed to be a demonstration of First Amendment rights, devolving into a war brawl where blood is spilled and blows exchanged. With Antifa burning the American flag. Joey Gibson was there. Some chick named Haley Adams was there. She ends up hosting a #HimToo rally later in the year.
“30 or so rightwingers and around 200 leftwingers exchanged blows, streams of pepper spray and insults,” says The Guardian’s Jason Wilson.
“Officers have observed multiple fights at today’s events. People are encouraged to leave the area for their safety due to the violent behavior of demonstrators at Terry Schrunk Plaza and Chapman and Lownsdale Squares,” said Portland Police. They don’t sound thrilled to have to deal with this crap again. Their job is to act like Shepards all day: separating a pack of innocent gazelles or sheep separate from the wolves. Which animal representing which group all depends on your political outlook. They bicker and argue. Freelance journalist Mikeford Biziths captured the spiraling rabbit hole of the day’s spectacle. The difficulty Portland Police had when keeping both sides apart, pepper spray coming out, one fight, two fights, Antifa throwing things like rocks. Yes. Antifa threw rocks at the political opponents. If it sounds like “same old, same old” by now, you’re not alone. At least one Proud Boy was tired of this too. How often can people get hit in the back of the head and pepper sprayed a dozen times? The cops made four arrests (two from each side) and confiscated the usual sort of fireworks and weaponry. One guy shouted “IM COMPLIANT” as the police hauled him off. All the day did was further fuel propaganda and tensions. (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (IB Times) (NBC) (Newsweek) (KOIN) (Portland Mercury) (OregonLive) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (Willamette Week)
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June 12th 2018: There was a by-election in Lewisham East, over in the UK. They held something called a “hustings,” which to translate into American means a town hall sort of meeting. An angry mob of 150 Antifa, with the coordination of an organization called “Stand Up To Racism,” disrupted the event. Interlopers barged in to disrupt a speech by UKIP’s David Kurten, accusing him of being racist. “Last night’s episode when the Lewisham East by-election hustings were closed down by a far-left mob was a chilling event reminiscent of Hitler’s brownshirts who used violence and intimidation to shut down opposition parties and opponents,” he told Breitbart London. The Labour candidate Janet Daby didn’t even bother to show up to debate because she believed that would tacitly legitimize the “Far Right.” “83-year-old Doreen came down to ask a question at the #lewishameast #hustings but didn’t get a chance,” reported a journalist. Witnesses say they feared how violent the protesters were willing to get. “They pushed an old man with a walking stick to the ground, and spat in a young girl’s face.” Which brings us to what motivated the Antifa protest in the first place: Ann Marie Waters. She was invited to the event being the For Britain party candidate, and the Far Left wanted to make sure Ann couldn’t even get in the door. The protest worked. The police had to shut the hustings down because of the public disorder that was happening outside the building. “To get to the venue we had to literally fight our way through,” said one witness. Protesters actively attempted to block people from filming them. (Breitbart) (Rebel Media) (Socialist Worker) (Westmonster)
June 19th 2018: Trump’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen was targeted at a Mexican restaurant. She was the target of far left outrage as the press made her the “face” of family separation at the U.S./Mexico border. People petitioned for her to resign.The protester ambush was organized by the Washington DC Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the DC branch of the Industrial Workers of the World union. One DSA member involved, Allison Hrabar, worked at the Justice Department as a paralegal specialist. “If kids don’t eat in peace, you don’t eat in peace,” the mob yelled at Nielsen. “We will not stand by and let Secretary Nielsen dine in peace, while she is directing her employees to tear little girls away from their mothers and crying boys away from their fathers at our border.” The Department of Homeland Security acknowledged the encounter via Twitter. Around the same time, Peter Fonda lashed out and said Kristjen Nielsen should be whipped naked in public. At least one outlet took an activist stance justifying what this mob did to Nielsen. (ABC) (BBC) (BPR) (Business Insider) (CBC) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Fox News) (NBC) (NPR) (New York Times) (NY Mag) (Raw Story) (RealClearPolitics) (Refinery29) (TIME) (TMZ) (USA Today) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Times)
June 22nd 2018: It didn’t even take a physical mob of sorts to get former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant. “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so,” Sanders tweeted. The waiter serving them confirmed that the owner asked Sanders and her family to leave. In a Washington Post interview, Red Hen co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson said she got a call at home from one of the chefs. Reportedly the staff were “concerned” about Sarah’s presence. But the political motivations of this were clear. Wilkinson asked Sanders to leave because Sarah defended Trump’s desire to ban transgender people from serving in the military. People unleashed their positive/negative reactions on the online review pages. Trump tweeted his displeasure. Sarah Sanders got Secret Service protection in the immediate aftermath. Stephanie Wilkinson had to step down from the Main Street Lexington group because of the controversy. (BBC)(CBS) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Daily Mail) (Deadline) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (Gizmodo) (HuffPost) (Mediaite) (Mother Jones) (NBC) (Newsweek) (NPR) (NY Mag) (NY Post) (Raw Story) (Refinery29) (Reuters) (RT) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (The Independent) (TMZ) (USA Today) (Washington Times)
June 23rd 2018: The infamous Maxine Waters speech that many people attribute as a motivator the far left aggression. She said the following in the middle of a rant about Trump’s immigration policy. “Already you have members of your cabinet that have been booed out of restaurants, who have protesters taking up at their house, who say ‘NO PEACE, NO SLEEP. NO PEACE, NO SLEEP.’ And guess what? We’re gonna win this battle […] God is on our side.”
Maxine encouraged people to continue this approach. “If you see ANYBODY from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you GET OUT and you CREATE A CROWD. AND YOU PUSH BACK ON THEM, AND YOU TELL THEM THEY’RE NOT WELCOME!”
June 25th 2018: It didn’t take long for people to put Maxine’s rhetoric into practice. Mitch McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, were targeted one evening as they were leaving a business meeting in Georgetown. One of the ringleaders, Roberto, posted a video of the encounter on Twitter. Another angle was captured by a nearby journalist. A group of protesters blasted audio of immigrant children crying to make a point about the family separation debacle allegedly happening in Trump’s immigration policy. “Why don’t you leave my husband alone?” Elaine says, defending her husband. “How do you sleep at night?” a member of the mob barked back. The two couldn’t even reach their car without help from security guards pushing protesters away. “I’m not trying to disrespect you, but why is he separating families?” someone asked Chao. “He’s not!” she shouted back. It came out that Roberto was an intern at United We Dream, which in itself is an initiative by the National Immigration Law Center, which in turn receives funding from the Open Society Foundations. (ABC) (BPR) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Caller) (Daily Mail) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (HuffPost) (IJR) (NBC) (NY Post)(Raw Story) (RT) (SPLINTER) (The Blaze) (The Cut) (The Hill) (The Independent) (The Week) (Town Hall) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post) (Washington Times) (USA Today) (Zero Hedge)
June 28th 2018: Generation Identity UK leader Tom Dupré knocked down by punch from Antifa. A gang of Far Left kicked him while he laid there unconscious on the ground. His face was bloodied and he almost got ran over by a bus.
June 30th 2018: Antifa and Patriot Prayer/Proud Boys have a rematch in Portland, after clashing at the beginning of the month. “Freedom and Courage Rally” was the name of Patriot Prayer’s event. “Defend PDX: Patriot Prayer’s Violence Must End” said Rose City Antifa’s Facebook event page. But history calls it The Battle of Portland. The rally itself started at 4:00 PM. Things started getting crazy at some point by 6:00 pm, leading to a riot declaration by 6:05. The out-of-towners were back on buses by 7:30 PM.
Beyond the clash with Patriot Prayer, the general political issues shifted from protesting white supremacy and more towards Trump’s immigration policies. Patriot Prayer had a permit to march. It was supposed to be a more formal, significant gathering. People came in from all over the country for this one. For one brief shining moment, Patriot Prayer got that marching they were looking for. There were speeches, prayers, songs.
But then a short while later, the police had to revoke the permit. “We remember Charlottesville, you got Heather Heyer killed,” Antifa chanted. The far left loomed in the distance. It all went down at Terry Schrunk Plaza, with more than 100 members on each side of the skirmish. You can clearly see in the footage that Antifa threw the first flash grenade. Slate agrees with me. It’s after that the two sides collide. Several have noted the case for self-defense on Patriot Prayer’s part. Obviously the point still stands: both factions punched and kicked the shit out of each other. The riot police called it a dynamic situation. In a newer strategy, Antifa set up makeshift battleground barricades against Patriot Prayer. This was a war, after all. Complete with loud “BOOM” noises. Antifa considers Portland their territory.
“Police are now declaring this event a riot. People must leave the area immediately,” Portland Police tweeted. For context, not complying with the fuzz at this point is a fast-track to getting arrested. The cops had to clarify they did not use tear gas, but something called “aerial distraction devices” instead. One poor bastard got hit straight in the face with riot munitions.
We didn’t just have standard riot police. The Department of Homeland Security’s people were involved with this one. Likely since Terry Schrunk Plaza is a federal park. DHS shot less-lethal rounds at Antifa. “They were throwing rocks, they were throwing bottles, you need to tell the truth,” one older MAGA lady said. Eggs and garbage were thrown too. Garbage can lids too. A Patriot Prayer fella got maced.
“Today was good in terms that we showed that there’s a political move right now to have the police stand down in order to impact free speech in some of these big cities. Portland’s the last city on the West Coast that’s doing that, so we just have to keep hitting it — I don’t see what else to do other than that. We’ll make Portland so ugly in terms of how they allow these protesters to charge us when we have a permit. The police stood down, we were told they would not stand down, so we have to challenge it,” Joey Gibson told KOIN.
Four people were injured. One Patriot Prayer guy had “his face busted open.” Four were also arrested, including Patriot Prayer’s Tiny. But in this case the police clarify they were for larger investigations that started earlier than the events of that day. But of course the boys-in-blue seized weapons they came across during the riot. Patriot Prayer felt betrayed by the cops in light of their permit being revoked.
In Al Jazeera’s and HuffPost’s cases, they depict Patriot Prayer as aggressors even though Antifa vowed to fight them. “It is very important that antifascists keep up the pressure so that we can stop them once and for all,” It’s Going Down wrote. (Al Jazeera) (Big League Politics) (Breitbart) (CBS) (Daily Mail) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (HuffPost) (KATU) (Newsweek) (NPR) (NY Post) (OregonLive) (PJ Media) (Reuters) (RT) (Slate) (The Guardian) (The Hill)
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July 7th 2018: Mitch McConnell ambushed by a far left socialist mob as he’s leaving a Kentucky restaurant. It happened two days in a row, apparently. They shouted: “Abolish ICE,” “VOTE YOU OUT,” called him “turtle head,” and said “we know you where you live.” That first phrase being obvious since an anti-ICE rally was going on a few miles away from where McConnell was dining. It was at a time the issue of family separation at the U.S./Mexico border was intense. Mitch McConnell stood by Trump’s zero-tolerance policies and it attracted this ire. “Where are the babies? What are you doing to get the babies back?” one protester asked McConnell. “I see what they did here. They waited until Elaine wasn’t around,” Mitch tweeted later, referring to a previous encounter. A fellow politician by the name of Jonathan Shell was with Mitch when this happened. He called the mob “extremists” and chalked the incident up to the agenda of Maxine Waters. (Associated Press) (Boston Globe) (BPR) (CNN) (Daily Caller) (Daily Mail) (HuffPost) (Mediaite) (Newsweek) (NY Post) (Salon) (Talking Points Memo) (The Epoch Times) (The Hill) (The Independent) (TIME) (TMZ) (USA Today) (Vice) (VOX) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post) (Washington Times)
July 20th 2018: Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern tour Australia. They planned to bring the conversation about culture, identity, and immigration to their shores. The authorities didn’t like that. There were visa troubles, but Lauren got past them. The leftist media hated that. Especially when she landed on their shores in a “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE” shirt. Her’s and Stefan’s schedule did a tour of: Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, and Auckland. Melbourne was on the 20th, and ended up being the only place where the duo confronted severe resistance from Far Left protesters. It was organized by a group called the Whistleblowers, Activists and Communities Alliance.
Police had to “kettle” roughly 200 protesters and Antifa since they decided to surround buses with ticket holders, and block the Hume Highway. The protesters threw stuff at the bus. There was friction between the Left and Right. Fighting broke out even before the show began. Some got in though. “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE” “OI OI OI” Lauren’s crowd chanted after a protester with a megaphone was escorted out of the room. “At least they listened to half my speech,” she remarked. Two more got kicked out for yelling “REFUGEES ARE WELCOME.” Lauren wondered if South African refugees would be considered. Someone named Nita Habibi rushed the stage screaming “I love Muslims!” and made for one heck of a finale that night. “I wanted to interrupt the thing. I think it’s really dangerous what’s happening. Hate speech should be interrupted,” Habibi told The Australian. One protester was arrested. Victoria Police sent Lauren Southern a bill for $68,000. (ABC) (Daily Wire) (news.com.au) (The Daily Telegraph)
August 4th 2018: A big ol’ showdown between Patriot Prayer and Antifa in Portland. A city that grew infamous for its allowance of radical far left activity. “We’re here to promote freedom and God. That’s it,” Joey Gibson told the media. “We remember Charlottesville!” chanted counter-protesters. Everyone was on edge given how close it was to the one-year anniversary of that. The Antifa side was arranged by a group called “Popular Mobilization.” Who state on Facebook they “make no apologies for the use of force in keeping our communities safe from the scourge of right-wing violence.” Some called the day a campaign event since Gibson was running for office at the time. It was controversial that Joey switched the event’s location at the last minute, with some alleging it was to allow for concealed firearms. City officials warned everyone to leave their guns at home. Police didn’t classify this as a full blown riot. Only a civil disturbance (with weapons confiscated), since the opposing groups didn’t get into physical fighting. Portland police came under fire after the weekend because of their crowd control methods. They used flash grenades on Antifa to break them up (side note: this perfectly timed photo captures the moment a flash grenade activated). Police claimed to be acting in self-defense, responding to Antifa’s initiated aggression. Click here to experience being beat up by police from a first-person perspective. In some cases things got bloody. An Antifa posted photos of his comrade being hit directly by a flash bang from the cops. A reporter for the Oregonian got hit in the head and medics had to address his wounds. An Antifa clubbed a guy over some flag. There’s a whole story on OregonLive going over this. Guess what? Antifa beat up one of their own. A progressive. Speaking of flags, Antifa tore up a Nazi flag (but had a hard time trying to burn it). A couple of elderly Patriot Prayer supporters got jumped upon returning to a parking garage. Police arrested four people. A timeline of the day is available at OregonLive and Big League Politics. Antifa website It’s Going Down has a page about the day, too. If you think my description of events is too biased against Antifa, you’re more than welcome to read their perspective. (ABC) (Daily Beast) (Daily Mail) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (HuffPost) (LA Times) (NBC) (Newsweek) (NY Post) (PJ Media) (Raw Story) (RT) (Splinter News) (The Guardian) (The Telegraph) (Washington Post)
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August 5th 2018: It was an event called “No To Marxism” hosted in Berkeley, California. “NAZIS GO HOME” and “CHARLOTTESVILLE NEVER AGAIN” were things the Antifa counter-protesters shouted. Which was likely in louder measure since there were more Far Leftists than “Far Right scum” to find at this particular event. Some Antifa people put up masks even though that was against Berkeley’s particular rules. Cops weren’t afraid to arrest for that. Video footage shows the far left smashing windows on several cars (and lit one on fire). Antifa targeted the vehicles because they were city-owned. The windows of a Marine Recruitment Center were broken too. This was all captured on film by Ford Fischer. Antifa tried scaring Fischer off as the far left mob were lighting up a garbage dumpster. A whopping 20 people were arrested. The cops confiscated “weapons,” or things that loosely classify as such. In return, the police reportedly deployed the standard concoction of flash bangs, rubber bullets, and a dash of smoke bombs. There was some media upset because Berkeley Police uploaded mugshots of people arrested. They alleged it’d fuel “doxing” campaigns. On the other hand, I’d argue police did it to show everyone they were doing their job that day. Fuller analysis available at Mercury News and Berkeleyside. (BPR) (CBS) (Daily Caller) (Fox News) (Free Beacon) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (IJR) (LA Times) (Newsweek) (PJ Media) (SF Gate) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (Washington Examiner)
August 6th 2018: An Antifa mob ambushed Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens during breakfast at a Philly restaurant. A crowd gathered and started screaming at them. Owens posted a video of the encounter on Twitter. Someone threw water on Charlie Kirk. We know this because Antifa tweeted out that moment. According to him, he and Candace decided to stand their ground to show the far left they wouldn’t be intimidated. They were unaware that this mob would actually throw stuff at them. The police got involved to make sure no ruckus happened. Both Kirk and Owens blamed Maxine Waters for encouraging this kind of political violence. A guest on Fox News floated the notion that Kirk and Owens faked it. Newsweek ran with the theory without any evidence to back it up. We can call the incident “legit” given that It’s Going Down has a blog post on it. (BPR) (Daily Wire) (Daily Caller) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (National Review) (Newsweek) (Philly Mag) (Philly Voice) (Red State) (The Hill) (The Root) (Washington Post) (Town Hall) (Twitchy)
August 8th 2018: There was a local council meeting at Portland City Hall. But Antifa wanted to make sure the topic of discussion was the police response to the rally that took place four days earlier. So they showed up to make a ruckus. “One demonstrator, who was masked and wearing a baseball helmet, smashed a security guard over the head repeatedly with a megaphone. The guard was seen afterward clutching a bag of ice, a bruise beginning to form on his cheek.City Hall security chief Dorothy Elmore said she was also struck by a protester, in the arm,” reported OregonLive. If Antifa wanted to have their voices heard, they could’ve done it without getting their people arrested at City Hall. They were concerned about the whole “flash bang lodged in a motorcycle helmet” thing. When questioned, Portland Police Bureau Assistant Chief Ryan Lee said such a thing shouldn’t be possible.
August 11th 2018: Back over in Canada, Toronto had some heat the same weekend. The World Coalition against Islam was going to have a rally, but cancelled. The counter protesters showed up to Nathan Phillips Square anyway. All they had to do was not beat up journalists. What did they do? Beat up a journalist. Their target? The Sun’s photographer Stan Behal. A mob accused him of “harassment” for taking pictures. “These masked people shouted obscenities at me and chanted that I was a racist. One of them assaulted my colleague Stan Behal. And this was at an anti-hate rally!” wrote Behal’s colleague, Sue-Ann Levy. (CBC) (Daily Caller) (Toronto Sun)
August 11th/12th 2018: Antifa returned to Charlottesville on the one-year anniversary of Heather Heyer’s death. Media estimates pin the number at somewhere above 100. But general protesters somewhere beyond 500. Heyer’s mother made a pilgrimage to the exact spot where her daughter died. A few of her words were fitting. “I think last year’s eruption — that infection gives us a little better understanding of how bad it is so that we can gradually, slowly and difficultly heal,” she said. It was nowhere more evident than the Far Left.
The anti-cop messaging was in high gear. “Last year they came with torches. This year they come with badges,” one sign read. “Cops and the Klan go hand in hand,” they chanted. BPR has footage of Antifa attacking a cop. Why? Their anger likely comes from the investigation into 2017’s Charlottesville rally. Blame was placed on the police’s “passive” response just as much as it was on the Far Right. Or maybe someone was upset the cops confiscated their brass knuckles on the way in.
The police weren’t going to take any chances. This clashed with the Black Lives Matter movement who helped organize the demonstrations. “White people, put your bodies on the line!” This time around police had security checkpoints. They separated wheat from the chaff. People left chalk messages in the street. Then came the UVA demonstrations at sunset. A small army of riot police showed up and people started going sour. “Why are you in riot gear? We don’t see no riot here,” the crowd chanted. The group moved around to a few different places, as to prevent being “caged” by the cops. But the bulk of it happened at UVA’s Lambeth Field. When nighttime fell, things got crazy. The rally “officially” ended at around 8:30 PM after people left Lambeth Field. They did a march to the infamous General Lee statue. A hospital was briefly put on lockdown because of Antifa protests. “ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS” roared the Far Left mob. They demanded someone tear down statues.
“Last night police tried to stop someone from moving a traffic barrel in the street and were tackled by a few protesters,” Emily Molli tweeted, with a close-up video of the police/Antifa clash.
What caught people’s attention the most was when Antifa attacked NBC’s Cal Perry. “Fu** you, snitch ass news bitch. Fu** you” screeched an Antifa before punching the camera. The Far Left’s hatred of being photographed extends to reporters. Watch as Antifa aggressively violates a cameraman’s personal space. CNN’s Brian Stelter condemned it and asked Cal to describe his attackers. Mr. Perry said the protest was “almost exclusively Antifa at that point.” Jake Tapper scorned them: “Totally unacceptable and not at all out of the norm for antifa.”
More of the same Antifa behavior happened on the 12th. Early on everyone had a kumbaya moment in the park, and then there was the paying of respects for Heyer’s death. That went fine. But then there was another standoff with police. One Far Left girl couldn’t help herself and spat at someone. She was quickly arrested. But it got worse. “Protestors didn’t want to be filmed and cut my photographer’s audio cable cord,” wrote ABC’s DeJuan Hoggard, with picture proof. But the reporter also got proof it was the Far Left via video. Three officers were assaulted. Four people were arrested.(Associated Press) (II)(BPR) (Breitbart) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Daily Caller) (Daily Wire) (Gateway Pundit) (IJR) (MSNBC) (National Review) (Newsweek) (NPR) (Reuters) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (Town Hall) (USA Today) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post)
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August 12th 2018: On the one-year anniversary of Charlottesville, Jason Kessler decided to try again. But this time in Washington DC. If you look at the size of the #UniteTheRight2 march itself, it’s almost too minuscule to even qualify. They had a small rally and that was it. Counter protesters surrounded them from all sides (see this cool time lapse for what that looked like). Gobs and gobs of Antifa showed up for what must be one of the Far Left’s biggest turnouts of all time. Definitely over 1000 people. Anarchist soldiers of Black Bloc in force among them. Black Lives Matter and Refuse Fascism groups were both there. Antifa marched to the White House yelling about revolutions. One old man had a tuba that lighted up with “F$#K TRUMP” when he blew into it.
“No border, no wall, no USA at all” they chanted in the nation’s capitol. DC police faced fireworks and smoke bombs from a literal mob of outrage. Antifa hurled things at them. One Antifa burnt a Confederate flag in the middle of the street. Two people with Trump 2020 shirts on had water/chemicals thrown on them and Antifa stalked them for awhile. They needed a police escort to get to safety. But even the cops were made Far Left targets. “FUCK YOU” they barked at them. WATCH: “Whoa. This @DCPoliceDept officer was nearly mobbed by a group of counterprotesters at #UniteTheRight2. People were throwing things at him, shoving him and kicking his motorcycle.” From the Far Left crowd one could hear shouts of “anytime, anyplace, punch a Nazi In the face.” Antifa (and their sympathetic journalists) hated the fact DC cops were protecting the far-right Unite the Right group. Antifa threw rocks at the marchers and the cops. One guy was yelling at them. A helicopter loomed over head to watch over the day. One had two batons. Antifa got a healthy meal of pepper spray for dinner from the police. It was apparently a potluck dinner, as Antifa threw eggs at the Secret Service and journalists. Police arrested one Antifa for pepper spraying someone in the face and having a weapon on him. Another was arrested earlier on in the day for spitting on cops. One can easily guess which side he was on. Far Lefties got mad at Vox for reporting on Antifa violence. There was plenty of that going around though. Daily Caller for example has “Antifa Protestor Punches Man During Facebook Live At ‘Unite The Right’ Rally And Chant Anti-American Slogans.” Breitbart caught Antifa getting angry at a USA Today reporter. “Get the fuck out of here,” Antifa shouted at a photographer as they repeatedly pushed him away. The only platform the Far Left are willing to give is a guillotine. (ABC) (Al Jazeera) (Associated Press) (Breitbart) (II) (III) (IV) (V) (VI) (VII) (VIII) (IX) (BuzzFeed) (CBC) (CBS) (Fox News) (HuffPost) (NBC) (Newsweek) (New York Times) (Politico) (Reuters) (RT) (SPLINTER) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (The Independent) (USA Today) (VOX)
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Both of these events (Charlottesville and DC) had absolutely near-zero White Supremacists to speak of. The Far Left crowds spent two days fighting with the police. So why are the media, like CNN’s Chris Cuomo, defending Antifa? “That’s why people who show up to fight against bigots are not to be judged the same as the bigots, even if they do resort to the same kinds of petty violence. The law will take care of that,” he remarked.
Benny Johnson asked counter protesters what they’d do if Trump showed up to the event. At least two “Anti-Trump”ers threatened to assassinate the President of the United States. The Secret Service took things more seriously than Cuomo (D-Day reference, really?) and promised to investigate.
September 24th 2018: Ted Cruz and his lady got heat at an Italian restaurant in DC. They were forced to leave. The cause? This was when the protests against Brett Kavanaugh were happening. The far left targeted Cruz as an enemy, responsible for perpetuating the misogyny boogeyman in Washington. The protesters wanted to intimidate Cruz’s vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The fact that Brett and Ted were old friends made this situation even more intense. “WE BELIEVE SURVIVORS. WE BELIEVE SURVIVORS,” the mob chanted. It was reportedly orchestrated by Smash Racism DC, or at the very least they postured themselves and took credit for it. “No—you can’t eat in peace—your politics are an attack on all of us,” the group tweeted. The Democratic Socialists of America were involved as well. Beto O’Rourke condemned the ambush. The restaurant put out a statement saying they welcome any political persuasion, just don’t bother other guests. (ABC) (Boing Boing) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Caller) (Daily Kos) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Free Beacon) (Gateway Pundit) (Huff Post) (Mashable) (NBC) (New York Times) (NY Mag) (The Federalist) (The Hill) (TIME) (TMZ) (USA Today) (Washington Post)
This is a message to Ted Cruz, Bret Kavanaugh, Donald Trump and the rest of the racist, sexist, transphobic, and homophobic right-wing scum: You are not safe. We will find you. We will expose you. We will take from you the peace you have taken from so many others. — Smash Racism DC, September 24th 2018.
October 2nd 2018: Jordan Hunt of Toronto roundhouse-kicks pro-life woman (arrested four days later). Fired from job as a hairdresser, charged with: eight counts of assault and seven counts of mischief. (Daily Caller) (Global News) (Daily Mail) (Daily Wire) (CTV News) (Newsweek) (Toronto Sun) (Washington Post) (VICE)
October 8th 2018: Portland protest over officer-involved shooting of Patrick K. Kimmons. Antifa caused $3000 worth of damage after they surrounded one man’s car as he was making a right-hand turn. (Hot Air) (Fox News) (WSJ) (YouTube Video)
October 12th 2018: Vandalism hits New York City’s Metropolitan Republican Club. Far left Antifa smashed windows, spray painted Anarchist symbols on them, and broke locks. “Our attack is merely a beginning. We are not passive, we are not civil, and we will not apologize,” they wrote in a message they left behind. Much of the motive according to the note was because of the Republican party in general. It was around this time the “concentration camp” rhetoric was heating up. This happened the day before a Gavin McInnes/Proud Boys event. (ABC) (Daily Caller) (Daily News) (Daily Wire) (Hot Air)
October 13th 2018: Gavin McInnes was scheduled to speak at the Metropolitan Republican Club on the Upper East Side. According to eyewitnesses present, approximately 60 protesters held signs and heckled the attendees. “KILL MORE NAZIS” they chanted. Tensions were already running high due to the vandalism and threatening note left at the property the previous day. Police attempted to keep the protesters separate from the Proud Boys at the conclusion of the event. Antifa followed the Proud Boys about a block from the Republican Club until they were away from the NYPD escorts, and one protester threw a bottle filled with urine and feces at the men. Four masked men were seen on security footage running towards the group of Proud Boys and a fight ensued after an object was thrown. The altercation lasted less than two minutes. (Note: source footage has been deleted in at least one case. The New York Times later uncovered footage which they say shows the Proud Boys started it.)
Despite no complaints filed in this case and no victims were ever identified, the state looked to charge nine Proud Boys. This came about as a combination of the media complaining about no arrests and the political might of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Although a police officer testified in court that Antifa members circled the block to get around the police line and intercept the Proud Boys prompting the altercation, no cases have been pursued against any Antifa members. On the other hand we have a now deleted tweet from New York’s Attorney General, in which the Proud Boys are mentioned by name and it’s clear the authorities wanted them to hang. I’m willing to say 30 Proud Boys vs. 3 Antifa is bad. Plain and simple. Same goes for 60 Proud Boys vs. 6 Antifa, if that inflation of the initial numbers is even true. Same goes for the names called. Antifa had their masks. Proud Boys took a group photo. Poor hindsight making it so easy for identification. That on top of taking and posting video footage themselvesare reasons why the Proud Boys got the harsher punishments here. The Antifa involved refused to talk to the cops whatsoever. Alongside that night, three other Antifa protesters were arrested for attacking a 30-year-old man as he left the rally. Caleb Perkins, Finbarr Slonim, and Kai Russo were all charged with harassment, larceny and misdemeanor assault.
But of course that part of the story fell by the media wayside.
Of the Proud Boys charged, five of those men took plea deals and were given community services and another who pleaded guilty received a sentence of 40 weekends in prison. The cases that received the most publicity was that of Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman. Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 39, were sentenced on charges of rioting, attempted assault, and attempted gang assault by State Supreme Court Judge Mark Dwyer, who sought to make an example of the boys, said that the hefty sentence was intended to discourage “extremists” from rallying in New York in the future. He went on to say; “I know enough about history to know what happened in Europe in the ’30s when political street brawls were allowed to go ahead without any type of check from the criminal justice system.”
The judge received criticism after handing down such a heavy sentence after it was discovered the judge sentenced Baruch Lebovits, a pedophile who abused a teenage boy on eight occasions, to only serve two years in jail. (Big League Politics) (II) (BuzzFeed) (II) (III) (IV) (CBS) (II) (III) (IV) (Daily Beast) (II) (III) (IV) (Daily Caller) (Daily Kos) (Daily Mail) (HuffPost) (II) (III) (NBC) (Newsweek) (II) (NY Daily News) (II) (III) (NY Post) (II) (III) (NY Times) (II) (III) (Raw Story) (II) (Rolling Stone) (II) (RT) (Slate) (II) (The Hill) (II) (III) (The Mercury News) (VICE) (II) (VOX) (Washington Post)
October 13th 2018: It was a flash march set up last minute by Patriot Prayer. They were protesting Portland Mayor Tim Wheeler because he stood down and allowed the far left to run wild in the city. But somehow Antifa got wind of it and managed to mobilize a counterattack within a matter of hours. They cited the SPLC as a source in their flyers. The evening culminated in a brawl outside a Portland bar. Antifa used pepper spray on Patriot Prayer. A guy’s head was stomped on at one point. Antifa tried lighting an American flag on fire. Police showed up in riot gear and fired non-lethal rounds to break it all up. A full timeline is available on OregonLive. (Coverage by Andy Ngo).(Daily Mail) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (Newsweek) (Raw Story) (RT) (The Hill) (Washington Post)
October 23rd 2018: Another entry in the Tommy Robinson contempt of court saga. On May 25th 2018 Robinson was jailed for 13 months on grounds of contempt of court for livestreaming on Facebook outside a grooming gang trial in Leeds. Two days later there were protests in London outside Downing Street. On June 9th a Free Tommy march in Whitehall became chaotic and 21 police officers were injured. On July 18th Tommy appealed against his sentence. Two weeks later he was released and faced a new hearing. Tommy’s situation didn’t ultimately impact the results of the three trials. 20 men of mostly Pakistani background were found guilty of over 150 offences against 15 different girls.
The end result of this October 23rd situation was the judge called Tommy’s contempt case “too complex” and sent it off to the Attorney General. Their remarks:
“We can confirm that the matter of contempt of court by Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has been referred to the Attorney General’s Office. A Law Officer will consider all material afresh, and make a decision whether or not to refer him to the High Court for contempt.”
So he was basically free again, on bail. For now. Gateway Pundit reporter Cassandra Fairbanks said it seemed like the court judge was moved by Tommy Robinson’s statement. The fact was right now lawyers wouldn’t be able to cross-examine witnesses and evidence. Something that would be afforded by handing it off to the Attorney General. Judge Nicholas Hilliard said Tommy’s letter made the “nature and extent of the controversies” much clearer.
“NAZI SCUM OFF OUR STREETS” Fairbanks recalled Antifa shouting. However the chants in support of Tommy Robinson sounded louder. One video actually captures such a comparison. A British military veteran even tried to give Tommy his medals. Tommy’s people rewrote the lyrics to “Hallelujah” in a fashion that celebrates him while giving a middle finger to the UK political establishment. The demonstration at the Old Bailey was the perfect venue to have a crowd sing it out.
There isn’t much to say considering Antifa’s numbers were small. According to their own counts, Tommy’s side was at least 400 strong. But the Socialist Workers Party estimated up to 1000. Just goes to show how arbitrary such headcounts can be. Regardless of exacts you can see it was a big crowd of Tommy supporters. In contrast the Far Left side had 40 to 50 people. Police didn’t have a hard time keeping the two sides separate. If anything, Stand Up To Racism used this day at the Old Bailey to advertise an upcoming demonstration on November 17th of that year. UAF did the same by making the day a rallying cry to encourage people to show up later. With Tommy Robinson giving a proper speech to his people, the counterprotesters showed up to be loud and obnoxious. The Far Left’s message was the usual “racist views are not welcome here” mantra. One of SUTR’s shouts was “TOMMY ROBINSON GO TO HELL, TAKE YOUR NAZI MATES AS WELL.” Hope not Hate groaned that Robinson’s “£2m in the bank” was enough of a comfort for him losing his freedom of speech.
“I’m in trouble because of who I am, not what I’ve done!” Tommy said to the crowd. At the beginning of the day he told them all he already won given how much this ordeal helped get his message out. Ezra Levant complimented all of them for showing up in support. Robinson said this was all a political witch-hunt. Tommy had to oust his previous solicitors because they tried to make a deal where Tommy got to go home if he admitted guilt. He obviously refused.
The crowd got to hear the very same statement that convinced the judge to hand his case off to the Attorney General. Tommy also doled out some blame. There was the “enemy of the people” working against him in the media. There were also the government, social services, and police that were responsible for “sacrificing a generation of our daughters at the hands of the multiculturalism altar.”
There were complaints that Tommy Robinson was allowed to set up such a stage (and were unsatisfied by the City of London Police’s official explanation). In the eyes of the Far Left, he was more of an extremist now compared to Robinson’s days in the EDL. Antifa saw him as a modern day Oswald Mosley. Their fears stemmed from the fact that Tommy seamlessly united UKIP, For Britain, and Generation Identity supporters together. According to one such list of talking points, Tommy’s critics claim: 1.) He advocates violence 2.) He wants to deport all Muslims, or worse 3.) He was a member of the Nazi British National Party 4.) He still works with fascists. Faiza Shaheen asserted Tommy Robinson was prejudiced for wanting to temporarily halt all Muslim immigration into the UK.
But then again there were also Polish and Israeli flags spotted. Maybe it had more to do with the people backing Tommy? Ezra Levant taking lead, with former UKIPs Gerard Batten and Janice Atkinson in tow. With a dash of Shazia Hobbs for good measure.
Weyman Bennett of Unite Against Fascism told The Independent: “There was a natural class element there, with the football firms, but there were also middle-class people wearing suits. The alt-right element of this has been underestimated. They are all working together.”
Maybe the Far Left was just afraid of that one guy who sported a Trump mask. What we know for sure is that the media wasn’t going to give Tommy Robinson a fair shake. He knew it too, that’s why he publicly shamed them. But what’s even more riveting is the fact journalist Andrew Lawton overheard two members of the UK Press Association privately mocking Tommy. They already made up their minds about Robinson and said he needed to be arrested.
The Far Left counterprotest side fizzled out quickly and they abandoned their signage. SUTR called it a job well done, nonetheless. Their side called Tommy’s supporters the sloppy and drunk ones. The Far Left were so on edge they thought Tommy had more in store. SUTR, UAF, and London Young Labour quickly mobilized a gang to protect Sadiq Khan’s Question Time session at Islington Town Hall that night. Tommy Robinson’s people were rumoured to show up but nothing came of that.
You might not think much of Lord Pearson inviting Tommy for lunch at the House of Lords. But members of British parliament certainly did. SNP Member of Parliament for Glasgow South Stewart McDonald was visibly offended that this happened. We can see this is an effort by the UK political establishment to try and keep Tommy Robinson separate from their ranks. Commons speaker John Bercow called Tommy a “loathsome, obnoxious, repellent individual.”
This explains why the UK political establishment got so mad when Tommy Robinson tried running for office. But more on that later. (BBC) (Belfast Telegraph) (Breitbart) (CNN) (Daily Mail) (Evening Standard) (Examiner Live) (Express) (Gateway Pundit) (Herald Scotland) (HuffPost) (Independent) (II) (III) (Irish Examiner) (II) (inews) (ITV) (Metro) (Mirror) (Morning Star) (National Post) (New Statesman) (Politicalite) (Rebel News) (RT) (Sky News) (Socialist Worker) (Talk Radio) (The Guardian) (The London Economic) (The Sun) (II) (The Telegraph) (The Times) (II)
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November 6th 2018: Actually relatively peaceful. For once. There were concerns about it being voting day for the elections. But Antifa protested against ICE without much incident whatsoever. Despite a situation involving a paint ball gun happening the day before.
November 7th 2018: Smash Racism DC showed up at Tucker Carlson’s house in the middle of the night. There was reportedly 20 protesters. They rang the doorbell and tried getting inside. The purpose was to spread fear, beyond the usual vandalism like spray painting the Fox host’s driveway. “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!” they chanted. In a sickening twist they doxed Carlson’s home address by writing it down on a sign and taking a picture of that sitting at the front door. “Here’s the problem, I have four children. I never thought twice about leaving them home alone, but this is the reaction because this group doesn’t like my TV show,” Carlson remarked. Smash Racism DC cited the SPLC to try and legitimize this act of psychological terror. It wasn’t over politics. Smash Racism DC wanted Tucker Carlson to leave town. His wife hid in the pantry. Police investigated it as a potential hate crime. A given, because of the bomb threats that got tossed in by the far left mob. Tucker’s brother was doxed. Ann Coulter, Neil Patel, and Sean Hannity too. #KnockKnockTucker was the hashtag.”It wasn’t a protest. It was a threat. They weren’t protesting anything specific that I had said. They weren’t asking me to change anything. They weren’t protesting a policy or advocating for legislation. […] They were threatening me and my family and telling me to leave my own neighborhood in the city that I grew up in,” Carlson told the Washington Post.
Smash Racism DC put out a statement explaining why they did it.
Consider the history of group members like Mike Isaacson, when reading that.
The attack on Tucker Carlson was unanimously horrible. Everyone from Megyn Kelly/Fox News to Brian Stelter/CNN came together to realize how awful the attack on Tucker was. Stephen Colbert condemned it. Alyssa Milano said this was not ok. Vox’s Matt Yglesias looked like a psychopath when he tried defending the protest mob’s actions. Twitter took down Smash Racism DC’s account. (Associated Press) (Breitbart) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Daily Caller) (Daily Mail) (Deadline) (Fox News) (Free Beacon) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (Mediaite) (National Review) (NBC) (PJ Media) (Politico) (The Hill) (The Hollywood Reporter) (Town Hall) (USA Today) (Washington Examiner)
November 17th 2018: The #HimToo rally in Portland faced off against a counter-protest. It was organized by Haley Adams as a Men’s rights awareness effort in light of the Brett Kavanaugh debacle. “A Movement of White Nationalists and Rape Apologists,” is what Antifa called #HimToo. Police announced six arrests at the conclusion of the day. An overextended turnout from the Antifa side led to police blocking off these protesters from disrupting the event itself. The DSA and Women’s Rights groups had their own response event reinforcing what they believe to be the #MeToo cause. Assaults happened, objects were thrown, things were burned. The best Antifa highlight was Hannah McClintock, caught on camera spitting and punching people. As per usual, Antifa got angry with the police themselves rather than the other side of the protests. One Antifa member flashed some ass. They had guillotines. Antifa targeted Andy Ngo with silly string. He says he was assaulted. Cops had to bring out the riot gear. On the plus side, the #HimToo rally had Tara LaRosa. (CBS) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (OregonLive) (Spectator) (USA Today)
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November 17th 2018: Two Hispanic Marines are attacked in Philadelphia by a mob of protesters who called them “Nazis” and “White Supremacists.” A total of 10 to 12 Antifa beat up and robbed members of the US military. “I could have died that day,” one Marine later said in court. To add insult to injury, these oh-so-tolerant Far Left attackers used racial slurs. Antifa were in the area in the first place for the “We the People” rally. A description for the event shows it’s purely a pro-Constitution meet-up. Daily Dot tried painting the event as “Far Right,” which gives a reason as to why Antifa would show up. Claire Lampen threw in some scary SPLC talk, said groups like the Proud Boys were “probably” gonna be there, and painted a targets on the backs of US Marines. The two Marines attacked weren’t even going to the rally, but a separate event at a hotel in the area. The Antifa assailants asked the two Marines if they were Proud Boys. They had no idea what a “Proud Boy” was. Great job for causing harm, Claire Lampen. It took a little over a week, but Antifa activist Tom Keenan turned himself in. The initial media coverage was limited but the police’s request for information proved successful. Another guy, Thomas Massey, soon followed Keenan.
According to Washington Post, Massey was a part of the January 2017 Inauguration riots in DC.
“I think there should have been more violence yesterday,” said Massey, who was among those arrested. Asked if he participated in the violence, Massey replied, “There were some rocks thrown.” He said that he hopes next time, demonstrations will be “more successful. I’ll get to punch a Nazi. I didn’t get to do that yesterday. The police stopped me.”
A month later, The Daily Caller took a bold move by unmasking Antifa leader Joseph Alcoff. A member of Smash Racism DC, Alcoff participated in the Ted Cruz restaurant ambush and the night attack on Tucker Carlson’s house. He had both an even-handed public “work” account, but also a side account where Alcoff espoused his Far Left extremist ideology. Alcoff’s activism work went all the way back to Occupy Wall Street. Here he is with political mob boss Maxine Waters. The Daily Caller’s gambit paid off. “Torres saw a photo of Alcoff in the Daily Caller story and contacted detectives in Philadelphia, claiming that he recognized Alcoff as another member of the group that attacked him.” Two months after this all began, Joseph Alcoff was arrested and charged in relation to Antifa’s attack. On charges of ethnics intimidation. (Big League Politics) (BPR) (Breitbart) (Daily Caller) (II) (III) (Daily Wire) (II) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (II) (Hot Air) (II) (Philly Mag) (II) (III) (Red State) (The Epoch Times) (Town Hall) (Washington Examiner)
December 1st 2018: Protest by Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity in Seattle against a pro-second amendment group. It was another traumatic day for Andy Ngo, who had the brass balls to go there and cover the event. Someone asked Ngo if he was “willing to die” for his work. A cop got in Andy’s face and accused him of inciting conflict. Antifa people walking around with guns confronted Andy as well. Roughly 150 people showed up to counter the protest put on by the 3 percent group. Antifa didn’t have any permit. But the police didn’t mind, so they were free to openly target and ridicule Ngo all day. (Andy’s thread is here.) (Daily Wire) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (Red State)
December 9th 2018: Tommy Robinson planned the BrexitBetrayal march as an amalgamation response. Issues of free speech, along with his contempt of court dilemma, plus Brexit all wrapped up into one. Bottom line being the intent of the march was to take a stand against how Theresa May was managing the UK departure from the EU. So from that you can see why they shouted “We want Britain out, we want Britain out!” en masse. A big vote on May’s deal was happening the following Tuesday.
Tommy Robinson first teased his campaign run for UKIP MP during a speech. “I saw MPs under parliamentary privilege saying disgraceful lies about me, I sat for the first time and thought one day I’ll be sitting in there amongst you,” he said. Robinson solidified his reputation as some sort of living legend to the working class of Britain. The over-vilification of him as an Oswald Mosley 2 had this adverse effect of supercharging the right wing. Any traction of “hate” towards immigrants was melding together with the people’s earnest desires to finally leave the EU.
If you wanted the symbolism behind this particular march, there you go. It’s the shades of grays that the politics of the time were. A drastic departure from the presumed black-and-white lens people tend to view it from.
But in a more literal sense Tommy Robinson’s participation caused hype. Regardless, the demonstrations themselves are always quite the sight. There was singing and music. Chants of “BREXIT MEANS EXIT” on one side. “TEAR DOWN THE FENCES, OPEN THE BORDERS” on the other. Generation Identity, For Britain, EDL and the British National Party were all there. Gerard Batten leading the charge for good ol’ UKIP. Back then they were the best hope folks had that Brexit would be followed through. The occasional Trump supporter popped up even though this wasn’t America. THE DFLA papered the area with leaflets condemning the left-wing opposition. The Far Left set targets in the sights. One of them being Neil Hamilton, Leader of Welsh UKIP. “All must work to isolate him within Welsh politics and society. ¡No pasarán!” proclaimed Antifa activist Adam Johannes.
What’d the Far Left side consist of? The Facebook Events page started by Owen Jones lists: Global Justice Now, People & Planet, Migrants Organise, Momentum, Labour Campaign for Free Movement, Ni Una Menos UK, Asian Mums Network, London Young Labour, IWGB – Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, London Antifascists, Stop Trump, Feminist Fightback, Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists, Feminist Anti-Fascist Assembly, Anti-Fascist Network, Plan C London, Dziewuchy London, Women’s Strike Assembly, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, Another Europe Is Possible, Women’s March London, Labour Against Racism And Fascism, and Brazilian Women Against Fascism UK.
The rallying cry by Owen Jones wasn’t the end of it, however. There were others (Stand Up to Racism/Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign/Peter Tatchell) including a prominent Socialist presence (The Socialist Workers Party/Socialists Against Antisemitism). Anarchists too. Along with every Labour Party subgroup imaginable. As Labour Party Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell got on the horn to rally the Labour Party to show up.
“We’re here to protest Tommy Robinson and UKIP. They’re here claiming to represent some of the 52 percent who voted to leave and that’s completely not true,” said one activist.
All next to Antifa. Yes. The “Antifas” were there. You can see their flag. It’s fair to assume that all of the mainstream left-wing groups saw that flag as well. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that most attendees on that side had an idea of what Antifa does in terms of political violence. That isn’t saying much when it comes to the masses. But it’s a point of concern when it comes to the Labour MPs who showed up, like Claudia Webbe and Jon Trickett.
From this day’s example we can conclusively say the Labour Party and Antifa go hand-in-hand in the UK. It seems like I’m pointing out the obvious. However there’s roundabout ways folks go about hiding this sort of thing. A synonym for Antifa is “demonstrators with their faces covered,” apparently. Terms like “Masked Marchers” are used by apologetic media. Here’s another video of the Antifa mob that day, just so we can hit the point home that they exist.
Tommy did a speech about Brexit to the crowd at some point. It hits home the notion that the media establishment had hijacked Brexit as a means of driving fear of the unknown into people’s hearts. Robinson responds to this by saying whatever problems are going on in the UK would certainly never be solved by the likes of bureaucrats in Brussels. On one hand, Nigel Farage and others left UKIP because Tommy Robinson came around to the party. They had their right to do so. But on what grounds? Seeing as how Tommy encouraged his supporters to behave. They did. “They were friendly,” a pleasantly surprised Femi Oluwole told talkRADIO. He spent the day initially skeptical. Femi went “undercover” marching with them and interviewing them.
Joe Mulhall of Hope not Hate was sulking about trying to gather dox on the right-wing side. He’d spot people like Jonathan Pie, who decided to interact with people directly and not make assumptions from a distance.
Meanwhile, Antifa clashed with police and the Far Left looked the other way. Let’s just take a moment to soak it in. That it indeed happened. The Far Left counterprotest had their own set of speakers. Thanks to Stand Up to Racism we have a list: Weyman Bennett, Cllr Claudia Webbe, Kevin Courtney, Paul Mason, David Rosenberg, Matt Wrack, Louise Raw, Unmesh Desai, and Yannis Gourtso. What did they talk about? “We are just at the beginning of a united movement against the rise of the far right. We can defeat them if we stay together.” said Stand Up to Racism’s Weyman Bennett. At a counterprotest intended to divide not just between LEAVE and REMAIN, but into further REMAIN pro-Tommy vs REMAIN anti-Tommy subgenres.
A couple thousand people were reportedly at the main march. The Antifa side claimed to have 15,000 people show up for the counterprotest. “NO TO TOMMY ROBINSON NO TO FASCISM” read one of their many signs. Antifa and UK Far Left mobilized to protest him, after all. Considering the cult of personality aspect must not be limited to Far Right alone. To have all these Far Left groups mobilize demanding Tommy Robinson personally be banished shows how superficial Antifa’s goals are. Owen Jones and his coverage of the event doesn’t do anything to dispel that. “Tommy Robinson is the most dangerous figure in British politics since Oswald Mosley,” Owen Jones said. In the context of the Far Left that’s like calling Tommy Robinson the devil incarnate. Which in turns comes off as hyperbolic jargon and nothing more.
One man brought a noose prop to the march. Prop meaning the guy didn’t actually lynch anyone that day. “That’s what the traitor May deserves. That’s what treasonous people get,” he told reporters. That’s what they print. What the media leaves out of the papers are quotes like “hanging was banned many many years ago, it’s purely symbolism.” Something that makes all the difference in this battlefield of argument the left tries to volley. Speaking of metaphors, an alleged supporter of Tommy Robinson failed to light an EU flag on fire. It’s fascinating to see a double standard where people on the Left laugh at that, and also turn around and cry foul that such folks are somehow extremist bad apples. Over in the UK the political twisting of perceptions back and forth is on full display. The coverage by Irish freelance journo Ruairi Casey goes out of its way to frame individuals in the worst possible light. One guy wearing a Q yellow vest does not a whole march make. It’s more accurate to say Tommy Robinson, UKIP, and the people participating in the day’s march all came together to demonstrate the importance of Brexit being carried out. If we were to entertain so-called journalist Mr. Casey, the thought process is: one guy wore a shirt referencing Q Anon, therefore the entire right-wing openly endorses wild conspiracy theories.
Am I putting words in Ruairi Casey’s mouth? Absolutely not. He goes as far as saying a photo of someone quite easily waving their hand is doing a “sneaky fascist salute.” Stretches of the imagination are Mr. Casey’s bread and butter that sells newspapers. He was disappointed that there was no violence against right-wingers at this march. “At no point during today’s Brexit Betrayal march led by Tommy Robinson and Ukip did I see anyone confront members from Generation Identity, a white supremacist extremist group. In fact they were recruiting after the rally,” Ruairi Casey tweeted. If it bleeds, it reads, as the old saying goes.
This notion that someone in one of these marches simply waves their hand (and is not Hitler saluting) isn’t isolated. Ruairi Casey is not the only one seen taking advantage of arm gestures to assert nefariousness. “Freelancer” (formerly of VICE and HuffPost UK) Henry Langston filmed a guy waving and giving a thumbs up. It’s something that fits the setting of being in a large crowd. If you were separated from your mates, you’d wave to get their attention upon spotting them. Instead of reporting on reality, Henry Langston preferred to push his personal interpretation that he got a nazi salute on camera. In a really blurry video. To force that narrative, he shared a (cleaner) video from one Stephanie Lloyd. Only problem with her clip being crucial: she cut out the part where the suspected “saluter” gave a thumbs up to whoever he was waving at.
Police did a solid job of keeping order. A fact of life with any of these events is that there’s friction. So the police made plans to deal with riff raff. But it’s also a fact that those who ended up arrested were from all the Far Left Antifa side. Something that the likes of Casey and Langston sought to bury. (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (Daily Mail) (ITV) (Metro) (Mirror) (II) (Morning Star Online) (Spiked) (The Guardian) (II) (The Independent) (II) (The New European)
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