Anonymous individuals are openly promoting political violence and destruction of property at Clemson University in the name of fighting fascism.
Posters promoting the group “Upstate Antifa” littered campus grounds this past weekend. The posters carried a link to the group’s Facebook page and featured a message calling for violence against fascism, with the words “Fighting fascism is a social duty, not an antisocial crime.”
According to Campus Reform, Clemson students reported seeing posters throughout the campus with similarly worded messages, like “Fascism is not to be debated. It is to be smashed.”
Students at Clemson have voiced their concerns to Clemson University’s Tiger News.
“Violent extremism in the name of political activism will not go unchallenged in Clemson, South Carolina. Upstate Antifa promotes violence and property destruction, and its operatives are too cowardly to openly show their faces,” wrote student Mitchell Gunter. “This is the same strain of organization that brought … on destruction and injuries to UC Berkeley.”
The group’s Facebook page is filled with leftist propaganda calling for the militarization of workers against their oppressors. When one user asked if they were on the “left or the right?” they responded with the message, “We’re on the side of the people.”
Another post depicts a scene from the Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds, with Brad Pitt holding up a bowie knife, which he uses to kill Nazis.
The group is currently planning a “March Against Fascism” protest for March 4 in City of Greer, SC. It’s set as a counter-protest to an upcoming pro-Trump rally. They wrote:
The current administration has made it very clear that they have no love for POC, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, or the environment. Since white supremacists and fascists have been emboldened by the current administration, they will be present. Let’s let these folks know that we aren’t having it! Pro-Trumpers will be marching in Greer, and they will be met with opposition. Join the resistance and refuse to give these scum a platform.
The group told the school newspaper that the placement of the fliers and posters is a “direct response to the distribution of Klan recruitment propaganda.”