2018 has been busy, folks. We started off with a ridiculous snowball fight with some Proud Boys and Martin Meyers at the Womxn’s March that is barely worth mentioning and had a major confrontation with members of the Traditionalist Worker Party at a Turning Point USA Event in Fort Collins, Colorado. The week prior to the event, five people were spotted putting up “My Borders, My Choice” and “It’s Okay To Be White” flyers. They yelled “See you Friday, Fa**ots!” at participants in an anti-Trump noise demo in Fort Collins.
On Saturday, February 10th, multiple groups of fascists and far-right conservatives converged in Seattle, WA (occupied Duwamish territory) at Red Square in the center of UW’s campus. A call for anarchists and anti-fascists to oppose this gathering was posted nearly a week prior. The occasion for such a gathering was a “Freedom Rally” that the UW College Republicans had invited Joey Gibson and his group Patriot Prayer from Vancouver, WA to attend. The fascist creep that has been edging its way into the patriot movement for the last several years in the pacific northwest has been well documented by Rose City Antifa, among others. With this in mind, anarchists and anti-fascists took it upon themselves to organize last-minute efforts to sabotage this gathering of fascists and their more center-leaning accomplices. Sure enough, a handful of different fascist and fascist-leaning right-wing groups converged together on campus; The Cascade Legion, Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer, UW College Republicans and various groups of militia-wannabes who patrolled the perimeter of Red Square in their olive-green army fatigues.
The internationalist fighters in Rojava said that they will defend Afrin against fascist Turkish regime’s invasion attacks. Video interview.
Last week in Italy there was a strong antifascist reaction in the streets of dozens of cities after the terrorist attack in Macerata (Marche) by Luca Traini, a Lega xenophobic party militant who shot and injured six black-skin people as a kind of vigilante revenge against other crimes occurred there. With rampant media overexposure of far-rightist messages also by traditionalist Forza Nuova and neofascist CasaPound parties – in a context where racism and borders are largely deployed by the Government against migrants and poor people – over two hundreds of demonstrations in a week show a way to start a new long-term general struggle against supremacism and fascist ideology in the crisis. Here is the translation of our (Infoaut) statement about the demonstrations all over the country last Saturday.
This report is from early January. Comrades from Finland asked us to re-publish it.
Who you gonna call when Nazis strike on your campus? When Vanguard America propaganda was plastered over Black History Month displays on the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga campus on Feb. 7, an anonymous community member immediately alerted Chattanooga Redneck Revolt (Warning, both are Facebook links).
Statement from antifascist forces in Afrin from February 13.
The Black Bloc Papers second edition – An Anthology of Primary Texts From The North American Anarchist Black Bloc 1988-2005. The Battle of Seattle Through The Anti-War Movement. Edited and compiled by David Van Deusen and Xaviar Massot of The Green Mountain Anarchist Collective.
“He Would Check My Pulse by Touching My Neck and Monitor My Condition.” Arrested Penza Antifascists Talk about Electric Shock Torture in Remand Prison Basement.
Ilya Shakursky and Dmitry Pchelintsev, arrested in Penza and charged with involvement in a “terrorist community,” have told their attorneys that Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officers tortured them in the basement of the city’s remand prison. Mediazona has decided to publish the story told by Shakursky’s defense counsel and the transcript of what Pchelintsev relayed to his lawyer.
Livestreams from the zhuge antifa demo in Macerata and Piacenza, Italy.
Germany – On Saturday, February 3, the Twitter account Alt Right Leaks began releasing screenshots, video and audio from an alt-right Discord server called ‘Reconquista Germanica.’ Leaked video shows users discussing how to create fake accounts en masse in order to exploit algorithms against opponents of the alt-right. The leaked tutorials and planning meetings appear to focus primarily on YouTube, but touch on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as well. Discord, a free text and voice chat program marketed to gamers, has been widely adopted by many white supremacist groups.
Recently, local anti-fascists received a tip from a Seattle business that Greg Johnson, editor-in-chief of Counter-Currents Publishing, was living in Seattle, Washington. We decided to check into this as Greg Johnson is an internationally known white supremacist and white nationalist. Recently, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote a detailed account of Greg Johnson’s career in white nationalist circles. We encourage you to read that piece here. In the SPLC article it is stated that Greg Johnson decided to leave the U.S. for “much cheaper climbs in an area of the world that has a much less oppressive social environment than the United States.” However, Seattle anti-fascists found Greg Johnson outside his apartment building waiting on a ride to the gym.