Turns out that ganging up and beating innocent people isn’t so much fun when its happening to your side. Something happened at this week’s Berkeley protest that anti-fa groups did not anticipate: They lost. Badly. This isn’t just my opinion, this is the general consensus among all those who attended the protest, including anti-fa members. Unlike most of the other confrontations so far between anti-fa and the supposed “fascist” they are fighting, anti-fa were this time out-armed, outnumbered and mercilessly beaten up. “Anti-fa girl” was just one of many victims.
Following the protests, anti-fa members congregated on several online forums like Reddit’s r/anarchism (an anarchist/anti-fa sub-Reddit responsible for organizing several riots, including this one), to share their disappointment. Some users lamented at the large numbers of anti- anti-fa people who showed up to face them, while others stipulated that their loss was due to a lack of proper organizing. The solution, they argue, is to elect a leader; who will plan protests, disseminate to everyone what their roles in a protest are, and keep them organized.
That’s right, anarchists are now advocating for a hierarchy. You can’t make this up.
The user who made the post lamented that not only were they defeated, but they were defeated in Berkeley; a city that they had previously considered as one of their strongholds:
Bad organization, lack of unity and poor self-defense training, some users argued, was why they lost.
Someone even suggested that they lost because there were too many scrawny women in their ranks with no ability to fight:
And now for the real LOL. They want to elect leaders asap, to better facilitate organizing.
“Our totally anarchist anti-hierarchy movement needs to elect leaders to function properly”:
They even suggested that the police should have intervened to prevent them from being beat up.
The only voices of reason in the entire thread were a few users like the one below, who suggested that perhaps they should stop advocating for political violence and people will stop being violent towards them:
You can read an archive of the thread HERE.