The Women’s March has begun promoting an Antifa counter-protest to the “White Civil Rights Rally” in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, according to the Women’s March’s official Twitter page Thursday.
“Our lives were forever changed on August 12, 2017, when neo-Nazis, KKK and militia members, and Alt-Right trolls from across the US and North America converged on the town of Cville, VA. Don’t let history repeat itself,” the Thursday tweet from the Women’s March states.
Our lives were forever changed on August 12, 2017, when neo-Nazis, KKK and militia members, and Alt-Right trolls from across the US and North America converged on the town of Cville, VA. Don’t let history repeat itself https://t.co/Wnmdtpj3Lb #DefendDC
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) July 12, 2018
The counter-protest, called “Shut It Down DC,” is organized by a variety of Antifa groups, such as D.C. Antifascist Collective, Maryland Antifa, Philly Antifa, Resist This and Smash Racism D.C., according to Shut It Down’s official website.
One of the organizing groups, Resist This, has a retweet of a cartoon depicting an Antifa member standing in front of a guillotine.
Philly Antifa’s Twitter page retweeted the personal home address of a real estate developer in Pittsburgh who is accused of “making [Pittsburgh] hell for the workers and a playground for the rich” with the caption “the people are watching you.” (RELATED: Antifa Groups Faced With Possible ‘Unmasking’ Law)
For the National Day of Civility, Smash Racism DC retweeted a picture of an explosion with the caption “#NationalDayofCivility.” It also posted a picture asking “Liberals: Can we riot now????” and retweeted that same picture with the caption “burn prisons.”
On the Women’s March official website, the group writes it is “committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance.”
Antifa groups clashed with alt-right groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 at the “Unite the Right” rally, where a “Unite The Right” protester crashed into the counter-protest with his vehicle, killing 32-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer.
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