Wearing black bandanas and hoodies that covered their faces, wielding clubs and carrying shields bearing the words “No Hate,” Antifa protestors launched a series of attacks on peaceful protesters at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkley Sunday afternoon, injuring at least five people.
The attacks were so violent that even The Washington Post had to acknowledge the instigators were Antifa, the communist alt-left group that’s drawn praise from Democrats and Republicans alike for “fighting fascism,” or something.
As the Associate Press reported it:
The group of more than 100 hooded protesters, with shields emblazoned with the words “no hate” and waving a flag identifying themselves as anarchists, busted through police lines, avoiding security checks by officers to take away possible weapons. Then the anarchists blended with a crowd of 2,000 largely peaceful protesters who turned up to demonstrate in a “Rally Against Hate” opposed to a much smaller gathering of right-wing protesters.
Among those attacked was Joey Gibson, the leader of the Patriot Prayer group that had earlier cancelled a planned “prayer” rally at San Francisco over safety concerns after city leaders walled off the park in which they were permitted to rally and various politicians – including Rep. Nancy Pelosi – categorized them as “white supremacists” and a hate group.
While threatening, intimidating and actually attacking people with whom they disagreed, the Antifa protesters chanted slogans like, “No fascist USA,” and “Berkley stands united against hate.”
I guess you can call the assaults, “love crimes.”
Is there a special punishment for that?