(Above: Vancouver, WA. antifa assemble to confront a mixed-bag of bigots on April 2nd, 2017)
When America elects a fascist as president, fascists come out of the woodwork to attempt to build a mass movement of Nazi-like street thugs to support his efforts, not unlike Hitler’s Sturmabteilung. And just like 1930s Germany, we are now seeing more frequent and blatant collaboration between these racist paramilitaries and the police.
For example, take the events at a Trump support rally in a park in Vancouver, Washington on April 2nd. In a blatant display of the old adage “cops and the Klan go hand-in-hand,” members of the racist 3% militia gleefully worked alongside cops in Vancouver, WA. to point out antifascists they’d like arrested for the crime of confronting and disrupting their mini-Nuremberg rally. The cops were practically falling over themselves to arrest whoever the fascists didn’t like the looks of on trumped-up (pun intended!) non-violent misdemeanors.
All the antifa arrestees were released on bail and now must defend themselves on these bullshit charges. The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund was happy to kick in to their legal defence crowdfunder. We encourage all anti-fascists, as well as all of those concerned with the police acting as lethally-armed goons doing the bidding of racist extremists, or those who think that public protest is a right and not a crime, to contribute as well.