The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced this Sunday that he will designate the anti-fascist movement Antifa as a terrorist organization, accusing it of being behind the racial riots that have been taking place all over the country.
“The United States of America will designate Antifa as a terrorist organization,” tweeted Trump, as thousands across the country prepared to protest again the death of African-American citizen George Floyd last Monday in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when he was arrested by police.
Parallel to Trump’s announcement, Attorney General William Barr issued a statement in which he assured that the Justice Department would activate the 56 offices of the FBI Joint Task Force to identify “radical groups and outside agitators” who are taking advantage of the situation to “pursue their own agenda”.
“The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the riots is domestic terrorism and will be dealt with accordingly,” Barr warned.
These groups, according to Barr, “have hijacked peaceful protests and are involved in violations of federal law,” preventing “reconciliation,” so the government cannot “let them succeed”.
The U.S. anti-fascist movement, known as Antifa, is a small but noisy radical movement that, after Trump’s arrival at the White House, has become increasingly active.