New Jersey’s office of Homeland security which operates under the auspices of Gov. Chris Christie, new jersey’s current governor, has published an analysis of “anti-fascist” groups and their operations, which are currently labeled under its “Domestic Terrorism” category. The web page lists several anti-fa groups in and around the New jersey, and some of their recent activities:
Self-described Antifa groups have been established across the United States and in several major cities, including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco. A majority of New Jersey-based anarchist groups are affiliated with the Antifa movement and are opposed to “fascism,” racism, and law enforcement. Antifa groups coordinate regionally and have participated in protests in New York City and Philadelphia. There are three loosely organized chapters in New Jersey, known as the North Jersey Antifa, the South Jersey Antifa, and the HubCity Antifa New Brunswick (Middlesex County).
The characterization of anti-fa as domestic terrorists is valid of course, since they currently fit the definition of domestic terrorism; “the committing of terrorist acts in the perpetrator’s own country against their fellow citizens”. Another definition says “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims”. A petition for the President of the United States to officially declare anti-fa a terrorist organization has amassed more than 88,000 supporters. Like New jersey’s directory, the petition describes anti-fa as an organization that engages in violence for political reasons:
Terrorism is, in its broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror or fear, in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim. ANTIFA have demonstrated time and time again that they’re more than willing and able to fill these criteria. We’re asking that the president formally declare ANTIFA a domestic terror organization.
Before, during and after President Trump’s inauguration, several anti-fa organizations have engaged in violent riots across the country, that have resulted in destruction of several millions worth of property, physical harm, and the arrest of some rioters. Some 200 anti-fa protesters are currently facing up to 80 years in jail for organizing and engaging in violent protests.