One activist said they were prepared to use firearms in battles with their enemies.
Speaking to The New York Times, Antifa extremists made their intention to expand violence plain and clear. Their statements indicate that a spiraling cycle of violence between the far-left and the far-right will continue well into the future.
One of the Antifa activists who battled white nationalists in Berkeley, California in April expressed her desire for violence, saying the situation in America was “full-on war:”
“You need violence in order to protect nonviolence,” Ms. Nauert added. “That’s what’s very obviously necessary right now. It’s full-on war, basically.”
Emily Rose Nauret, the woman citing war, gained fame after being punched at the Berkeley riots, according to the article.
Other Antifa radicals suggested that they had stockpiled firearms and were prepared to use them:
In the days after the violent events in Charlottesville, some antifa members responded with an angry call to arms, saying they could not back down from what they described as the “aggressors” on the right, even if it meant an escalation into gunfights.
“I hope we never get there,” said a 29-year-old antifa anarchist from California who goes by the pseudonym Tony Hooligan. “But we are willing to get there.”
Violence between the far-left and far-right has been escalating since the election of Donald Trump, and the violence of the far-right claimed an innocent life in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. If Antifa’s statements are to be believed, Americans can expect more blood in their streets in the coming years.
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