Antifa, by any other name

By Perly Viasmensky
Hundreds of President Donald Trump haters thought that once he left office everything in life was to become normal and peaceful, no need for protests, destruction and vandalism. They never thought for one second that their hate was not toward President Trump, but toward the United States.
Proof of it is the recent protests on February 28 in Portland, Oregon when suspected members of Antifa demonstrated against the Joe Biden administration, forcing businesses to board up their windows and doors for protection against vandalism.
Fox News reported that around 150 people marched through Portland smashing windows of businesses like Starbucks, Chipotle, Umpqua Bank and tagging them with graffiti. According to Fox News reports, that nightly demonstration was the largest in weeks.
Saturday night’s demonstration was centered around Biden’s immigration policies. On the day President Biden was inaugurated, alleged Antifa members vandalized the city of Portland’s Democratic party headquarters, and last month Federal agents were called in to defend an ICE facility, and eventually they were forced to deploy non-lethal means of crowd control, including tear gas.
It’s already very clear that the situation is not what political party is in power; the New York Times clearly explained it in its report last January: “In a city that has seen months of demonstrations over racial injustice, economic inequality, federal law enforcement, and corporate power — and some of the harshest law enforcement responses to such protests — protesters have vowed to continue their actions no matter who is president.”
We still remember the 19 foreign terrorists that terrorized the whole country with the September 11 attack. Nineteen of those men came from other countries and were affiliated with al-Qaeda. The first three terrorists to arrive settled in San Diego County, California. They were followed by three hijacker-pilots to undertake flight training in South Florida.
We always wondered why the elite members of the Intelligence Department never investigated those people.
Some time in 2014 (if I remember correctly) Nevadan Cliven Bundy was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Portland, Oregon at the Portland International Airport while he was on his way to support the Malheur Standoff, the personal story of the Hammonds, an Oregon ranching family whose twenty-year fight with government agencies led to their controversial trial and conviction on an anti-terrorism charge.
At the time, then Nevada Senator Harry Reid called the followers of both families “Domestic Terrorists.”
Protests in Portland by members of Antifa began back in May, following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.
They have continued since and did not stop with a change in administration.
If those are not domestic terrorists, we wonder what the good Senator Reid calls them.
It is not only in Portland, Oregon but all around the nation American citizens are living in fear.
We are living back in the twilight zone, from 1861 to 1865, during the American Civil War, fought between northern states loyal to the Union and southern states that had seceded to form the Confederate States of America.
In this 21st century, we are living in fear of another more dangerous civil war when Americans fight Americans for no valid reason whatsoever, just the hate for another human being and the envy of another person’s success. That’s the reason why businesses are destroyed and vandalized.
We need to wonder who is supporting those Antifa members, because apparently none of them work for a living.
In reality we need to accept that it’s nobody’s fault but COVID-19 when authorities refuse to arrest criminals in fear that the “little angels” would get infected between the walls of a jail.
In the meantime, they continue with the destruction of beautiful cities and the peaceful lives of their fellow citizens.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          email her at pviasmensky@lasvegastribune.com.

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