At this point and with all that’s happened over the last couple of years, there’s pretty much nothing anti-fascists can do publicly without the police trying to fuck it up. Whether they’re pressing absurdly trumped-up charges against anti-fascists or allowing armed fascist gangs to attack anti-fascist protestors and then arresting the anti-fascists when they try to defend themselves or attacking anyone standing in the way of an illegal march of Islamophobes or pointing assault rifles in the face of unarmed antifa or colluding with neo-nazis in trying to frame anti-fascists on fabricated bullshit or doxxing anti-fascists or very literally trying to murder anti-fascists, the police have been very clear in their actions about which side they’re with (which is a little weird considering how often extreme right bigots have tried to murder law enforcement, but some people just can’t seem to choose good friends, right?).
Just when we thought there’s nothing else the kkkops could possibly do to the people trying to defend their communities from the bigoted violence the police do sweet FA about, cops in North Carolina set a new low. A few days after students there successfully toppled the Confederate “Silent Sam” statue that had blighted the campus for over a century, Defend UNC decided to celebrate with a “Nazis Suck Potluck and Food Drive.” Some neo-confederate asshats showed up in tiny numbers early on the day of the event but quickly scurried away when they saw how badly they were outnumbered & outmatched by Defend UNC. Not the cops, though. Police from at least five different agencies showed up dressed like they were deploying to Iraq and, with the threat of a clash now gone and everyone safe, immediately began to confiscate food donated for the food bank drive and throw it away.
You read that right: finding no potential conflict between anti-fascists and bigoted extremists, the cops decided they could best “protect and serve” by confiscating and disposing of food donated for a food drive.
Of course, that’s not enough bullying for five different police agencies, so they escalated the situation by running towards a table of people eating and randomly tackling and arresting eight people, some for the crime of asking why their friends were being arrested or why the police were confiscating food donated to a food bank.
It should be inconceivable that we should be asked to help pay for the legal defence of some people who committed the crime of collecting food to donate to a food bank and having a picnic, but this is the dystopian Bizzaro world of 2018 where those activities are considered crimes if they’re done by anti-fascists. So we kicked some cash in to help get those charges dropped. If you’d like to do the same, here’s a crowdfunder you can contribute to.
If you’d like to help us defend anti-fascists arrested for future charitable activities and community work, please make a donation to the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund today!