Antifa Tree Falls in the Forest

On Sunday, a hate group march was met by thousands of counter-protesters in Berkeley. And things got violent. Here’s Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín: “I applaud the more than 7,000 people who came out today to peacefully oppose bigotry, hatred and racism that we saw on display in Charlottesville. However, the violence that small group of protesters engaged in against residents and the police, including throwing smoke bombs, is unacceptable. Fighting hate with hate does not work and only makes each side more entrenched in their ideological camps.” From WaPo: Black-clad antifa members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley.

+ The New Yorker: An Intimate History of Antifa. And The Atlantic on the rise of the violent left. “Antifa’s activists say they’re battling burgeoning authoritarianism on the American right. Are they fueling it instead?”

+ Reveal’s Al Letson was covering the Berkeley protests and jumped in to protect a man being attacked. Here’s his report on the events of the day, and the rise of a movement.

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