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Examining Whether the Terrorism Label Applies to Antifa

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Aug 27, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Members of an antifa group march as the Alt-Right movement gathers for a

Members of an antifa group march as the Alt-Right movement gathers for a "Demand Free Speech" rally in July 6, 2019, in Washington.


In 2017, Oxford Dictionaries shortlisted it as one of its words of the year, and since then, the term has become arguably even more prominent. Indeed, antifa (Anti-Fascist Action) seems to be everywhere these days. The violence of some of its supporters notwithstanding, is antifa a terrorist organization? The short answer is no -- if for no other reason that antifa isn't really a group or organization to begin with. That, however, doesn't mean that some who have adopted the ideological mantle of anti-fascism do not engage in terrorist or militant activity -- something that could have profound implications for anyone caught in the middle of a battle between antifa and the far-right. ...

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