Anti-fascist—or “Antifa”—chapters around the U.S. are concerned about the push for new domestic terrorism legislation that may include them, but say they remain committed to violent opposition to far-right groups and police regardless. Antifa activists are determined to continue their activities even if the threat of a terror designation becomes reality, and predict more upheaval and violence this year amid America’s divided social landscape and fears of rising extremism. The recent political violence has prompted lawmakers to propose domestic terrorism laws targeting those involved. Though the main drivers of this looming crackdown are groups on the far right, it may also sweep up leftists routinely engaging in violence. Newsweek spoke with members of three Antifa chapters—one in Atlanta, Georgia; one in Corvallis, Oregon; and one in Portland, Oregon—who were worried about being branded terrorists if new legislation is introduced. But all were clear they would continue their activities—with or without a terror designation. None wished to be named, citing concerns about their security. “We’re going to continue doing what we’re doing,” the Corvallis member told Newsweek . “Whenever the state affords more powers to law enforcement and police, it almost always comes down the hardest on Black and Brown people.”… Read full this story
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