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Berkeley Mayor: We Should Classify Antifa ‘As A Gang’

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actually, a terrorist group.  not a gang.

 

From CBS SF Bay Area

 

Berkeley Mayor: We Should Classify Antifa ‘As A Gang’


August 28, 2017 6:58 PM

 

BERKELEY (CBS SF) — Mayor of Berkeley Jesse Arreguin on Monday said it is time to confront the violent extremism on the left by treating black-clad Antifa protesters as a gang.

 

A large number of masked Antifa activists were seen jumping the barriers at a largely peaceful demonstration in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Civic Center Park on Sunday.

 

Some began attacking Trump supporters at the rally.

 

“I think we should classify them as a gang,” said Arreguin. “They come dressed in uniforms. They have weapons, almost like a militia and I think we need to think about that in terms of our law enforcement approach.”

 

Arreguin said that while he does not support the far right, it was time to draw the line on the left as well, especially on the black-clad activists who showed up in force and took over both the protests and the park, and played a part in Sunday’s violent clashes.

 

“I think we are going to have to think ‘big picture’ about what is the strategy for how we are going to deal with these violent elements on the left as well,” said the mayor.

 

The mayor said it was also time for the non-violent protesters to take a stand.

 

“We also need to hold accountable and encourage people not to associate with these extremists because it empowers them and gives them cover,” said Arreguin.

 

On Monday, protest organizers defended Antifa’s presence.

 

“White supremacists and fascists are not welcome. And if the state is not going to protect us — and if they do not — then we are going to protect ourselves and welcome those who stand with us,” said Sara Kershner with the National Lawyers Guild.

 

KPIX 5 news crews observed that most of the conservative demonstrators in the park were Trump supporters who repeatedly denounced Nazis and racists.

 

And while it didn’t look good, the mayor also praised Berkeley police for holding back and ceding the park to the anarchists when the group jumped the barriers.

 

“Black Bloc was trying to provoke the police,” said Arreguin. “I think some of the more conservative protesters had already left or had been escorted out.”

 

When asked what he would say to a Trump supporter who was chased down the street, the mayor replied, “It’s unacceptable. Anyone who was injured… it’s completely unacceptable and we are going to be looking at video and identifying people.”

 

In the wake of Charlottesville and Sunday’s troubles in Berkeley, the mayor also called on UC Berkeley to call off next month’s Free Speech Week featuring Milo Yiannopoulos.

 

It was an appearance by Yiannopoulos in February that triggered a riot in Sproul Plaza on campus.

 

“I believe that is the right thing to do,” said Arreguin. “And if they don’t do that, then they need to work with the city and potentially assist the city through resources to be able to adequately police what we know is going to be a large protest that will spill out onto the city streets.”

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Just start locking them up.  

 

  Pull 25 or 30 black clad mask wearing pukes out and haul them away.  Charge them and hit each with the harshest penalties.

Once antifa members start seeing their associates going to jail ,the group will falter.  

 

All these pukes want to be part of something...    Well let them carry a felony conviction around for the rest of their  lives.

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For months that same mayor has taken a hands off approach to this "gang".   With this shift in focus he will be seen as the good cop by the majority of leftists who are getting a little freaked out with the violence.  

 

It's worth noting that he isn't calling them terrorists.  That would be acknowledging the political aims of the thugs and his politics which are aligned.  Instead, let's call it a gang as if they were just a bunch of street thugs fighting a drug turf war. 

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8 minutes ago, Gamakatsu said:

As does the Republican Party.

 

Tiny in comparison... and the Repub's aren't embracing the Roaches... that's a very very key difference here 

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7 minutes ago, DMacLeod said:

Just start locking them up.  

 

  Pull 25 or 30 black clad mask wearing pukes out and haul them away.  Charge them and hit each with the harshest penalties.

Once antifa members start seeing their associates going to jail ,the group will falter.  

 

All these pukes want to be part of something...    Well let them carry a felony conviction around for the rest of their  lives.

How American!

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6 minutes ago, RiverRaider said:

 

Tiny in comparison... and the Repub's aren't embracing the Roaches... that's a very very key difference here 

 

true, but PRETENDING they do is catching on. 

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I hope trump drone strikes Soros

 

And by the way I am shocked the mayor of Berkeley is a nazi too.

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5 minutes ago, catchit said:

How American!

These people are pukes and should be treated as such.   

 

They can can protest all they want as long as it is peaceful.    Once violence ensues the gloves come off.

 They want to be part of something ,  let them carry their felony rap...   

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