Protests in the US have continued following the death of George Floyd and people want to know what the Antifa movement is.
If you were in a job interview five years ago and the interviewer asked you ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’, many of you would have never guessed what 2020 could look like.
This year has seen a turbulent start with a global pandemic affecting people’s lives and countries’ economies across the globe.
Massive protests and riots are taking place in the US following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Taking part in the protests is the Antifa movement which has been here for some time. So, who are they and what do they represent?
What is Antifa short for?
Antifa is short for anti-fascist action.
The group campaigns against homophobic, racist and fascist actions and views. The movement is made up of activists with no official leaders.
Those associated with Antifa aim to support women, as well as people from BAME and LGTBQ communities and prevent all forms of racism and sexism.
In addition, according to this article by the BBC, Antifa members aim to build “a movement that really insulates us from the policies of Donald Trump”.
When was Antifa founded?
The BBC reports that early Antifa groups emerged in the 1920s and 1930s.
According to Mark Bray, author of the ‘Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook’, the modern Antifa movement started in the ’80s in the US.
Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that a major Antifa movement is based in Portland which comes under the name of Rose City Antifa.
Antifa members weren’t active for some time before Donald Trump rose to a president.
Why are people talking about Antifa?
The movement is trending at the moment after Donald Trump’s recent tweet that “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”
Trump has accused Antifa about the ongoing riots and incidents across the pond as a result of people protesting about George Floyd’s death.
His tweet has received huge controversy from social media users. While some support the president’s actions, others say that he puts the blame on Antifa and ignores the bigger picture of social injustice.