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Tue Aug 29, 2017, 07:50 PM

 

Progressive Berkeley Mayor calls on Antifa to be declared a criminal gang under California law

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin says I think we should classify them as a gang. 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.

"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.

Under California law, a gang is defined as an organization of at least three persons, with a common name, or identifying mark or symbol, which engages in criminal activity. Criminals who commit offenses for gangs can face tougher sentences in the state.

For those who are unaware, Jesse Arreguin defeated a very liberal Democratic opponent in the mayor race in Berkeley in 2016 as the more left-leaning candidate in the race. And he's calling Antifa a gang.

Time to stop giving Antifa any cover here on DU in my estimation.


http://www.newsweek.com/berkeley-mayor-calls-antifa-be-classified-crime-gang-after-clashes-sunday-656286

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Reply Progressive Berkeley Mayor calls on Antifa to be declared a criminal gang under California law (Original post)
Expecting Rain Aug 2017 OP
Starry Messenger Aug 2017 #1
marybourg Aug 2017 #2
ProudLib72 Aug 2017 #3
LakeArenal Aug 2017 #4
EllieBC Aug 2017 #5
obamanut2012 Aug 2017 #7
Expecting Rain Aug 2017 #10
obamanut2012 Aug 2017 #6
ChubbyStar Aug 2017 #8
Expecting Rain Aug 2017 #11
ChubbyStar Aug 2017 #12
Expecting Rain Aug 2017 #15
Expecting Rain Aug 2017 #14
tymorial Aug 2017 #9
oasis Aug 2017 #13

Response to Expecting Rain (Original post)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:03 PM

1. What about neo-nazis?

I'm not at all a fan of some anarchist tactics, but it seems a little unbalanced to go after them, and not the other guys, who are actual hate groups.

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Response to Expecting Rain (Original post)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:06 PM

2. I agree with you.

They're making it dangerous for peaceful protesters to show up. I was afraid to go to the Phoenix protest, in part because of them. I'm too old and frail now to be arrested just for being in the wrong spot.

I've been to many demonstrations in my life, but never to a violent one, and I want to be free to keep going when necessary. I don't want masked, weapon-carrying, window smashing thugs at my protests.

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Response to Expecting Rain (Original post)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:07 PM

3. How about labelling the GOP a gang?

They have a common name (GOP), engage in criminal activity, and there are certainly more than three of them.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:08 PM

4. Perfect.

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Response to Expecting Rain (Original post)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:16 PM

5. Is he talking about Black Bloc? Because that's not antifa.

Black Bloc just shows up to mess up everything because they love some chaos.

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Response to EllieBC (Reply #5)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:20 PM

7. The left keeps falling for these antifa lies

the Nazis and Fascists LOVE it.

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Response to EllieBC (Reply #5)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:36 PM

10. No, he specifies Antifa, and quite rightly IMO.

 

Mayor Arreguin says it is time to stop giving Antifa cover, and I agree 100%.

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Response to Expecting Rain (Original post)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:19 PM

6. I consider the Antifa heroes

And people on the Left falling for these Fascist lies against the Antifa are ridiculous. The Nazis did the same thing to the Antifa in Germany in the 30s.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:24 PM

8. Fascist's LIVE To Villify The Resistance

And the sheeple fall for it because it makes them feel safe. Oldest tactic in the warfare book.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Reply #8)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:38 PM

11. Are you calling the left-wing Bernie Sanders-endored Mayor of Berkeley a "Fascist"?

 

Because that's simply not a credible charge.

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Response to Expecting Rain (Reply #11)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:45 PM

12. Dropping all the buzz phrases now aren't we?

Not interested. Have a nice day. Bye

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Response to ChubbyStar (Reply #12)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:49 PM

15. You are the one accusing people of being fascist sympathizers.

 


I'm extremely glad to see you go.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:48 PM

14. Antifa's street violence helped propel the Nazis to power.

 

It is a shame if we learn nothing from history.

As Naom Chomsky said recently. Antifa is a gift to the right-wing. Antifa violence feeds the Nazis.

Liberals should follow the lead of the Mayor of Berkeley (a guy that know what he's dealing with first-hand) and utterly reject the organized violence of Antifa.

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Response to Expecting Rain (Original post)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:24 PM

9. I see nothing wrong with this statement

If we abhor violence than we should abhor violence. The person engaging the activity should not matter nor the victim.

I find it rather hypocritical that we protest the abusive treatment of criminals by prisons and the justice system while ignoring or outright supporting violence by individuals who organize under Antifa. Yes their targets are horrible people but are we going to now qualify abuse of criminals who have committed horrible acts as acceptable?

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Response to Expecting Rain (Original post)

Tue Aug 29, 2017, 08:47 PM

13. If they show up masked and wearing Antifa gear, police should

immediately order them from the scene. If they refuse, load the paddy wagons with their asses and begin paperwork on them so we know who they really are.

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