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Trump’s anti-Antifa move is an attempt to disunite social justice activists

U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House in Washington D.C. /AP Editor’s note: Bradley Blankenship is a Prague-based American journalist, political analyst and freelance reporter. The article reflects the author’s opinions, not necessarily the views of CGTN.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would designate Antifa (meaning anti-fascist) a terrorist organization on Sunday, in a move that raises serious questions about what exactly that means and how it’s possible. Trump’s decision follows comments by Republicans and Democrats alike as local officials in cities across the nation report that a high number of arrested protesters aren’t residents of the cities or states they’re demonstrating in. This narrative is being put forward by both parties to erase the reality of organic black rage, discourage interracial solidarity and make it impossible for protesters to organize.

The narrative fell into place when Melvin Carter, the mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, made headlines after saying that “every person” arrested during the protests in his city was from out of state, a claim he had later apologized for as it was false. “I want to be very, very clear: The people that are doing this are not Minneapolis residents,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also […]

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