“When fascism comes to America it will be called anti-fascism,” famously wrote American politician Huey Long.
The violent riots that convulsed the campus of the University of California at Berkeley on Wednesday evening were driven by rioters identifying as “Antifa”, self-styled anti-fascism activists who align with anarchism.
The violence began when hundreds of anti-Trump demonstrators forcefully disrupted a speaking event featuring the conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos. The protests turned into full blown riots after “Antifa” rioters shot fireworks at the building in which the event was set to take place, smashing windows with police barricades and destroyed several large light fixtures. The Antifa members dressed in all black and wore gas masks and face coverings to hide their identity. These rioters led the most aggressive elements of the demonstration.
Police and campus administrators repeatedly ordered the mob to disperse, to which rioters responded with chants of “Fuck you! Fuck you!” and “Fuck Trump!”
Several people wearing “Make America Great Again” hats were singled out in the crowd and violently attacked by the masked rioters, who snatched their hats and stomped on them. On BuzzFeed’s livestream, one of the men could be seen bleeding from his face.
Riot police attempting to quell the situation deployed teargas, pepper spray and shot rubber bullets at the mob, and at one point moved into the mob to rescue the bleeding man to take him into the UC Berkeley campus auditorium.
This is the puddle of blood he left on the ground.
The riot was cheered on by many across social media. On Reddit, Antifa supporters cheered on the violence in the Anarchism community on Reddit, which we reported on for promoting violence and terrorism against the government.
One user wrote, “The flames of liberation start where it is set that lights the path against the dark of doubt.”