Trump says he will designate Antifa as a terrorist organization

Epoch Times

"Justice will be served", Mr. Barr said Saturday, while also blaming violent protests throughout the US on radical leftists, vowing to prosecute people he described as "anarchic and far-left extremists", who incited the rioting. She reflected the exasperation of many officials and ordinary residents over the turn from peaceful protest to explosive violence.

In Illinois, state police closed major downtown Chicago expressway ramps and Governor J.B. Pritzker activated 375 Illinois National Guard soldiers at the request of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

They were called in after Mr Floyd died on Monday.

Floyd died Monday after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, pinned down Floyd's neck with his knee for almost nine minutes during an arrest. Chauvin faces a third-degree murder charge, but his family is calling for a first-degree charge as well as justice for other officers involved. They are looting stores. "They did so without a single loss of life and minimal property damage".

"Congratulations to our National Guard for the great job they did immediately upon arriving in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night".

Before making the announcement, Trump commended the National Guard for shutting down the chaos in Minneapolis that he said was steered by "ANTIFA led anarchists, among others".

The widespread resort to uniformed National Guards units is rare, and it evoked disturbing memories of the rioting in United States cities in 1967 and 1968 in a turbulent time of protest over racial and economic disparities. The police officer in charge of the operation to restore order in the city, Ron Johnson, said that "criminal elements" who came from as far as NY and California were responsible for 80 percent of the violence.

President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 30, 2020, after stepping off Marine One as he returns from Kennedy Space Center for the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch.

Preventing reconciliation and driving us apart is the goal of these radical groups, and we can not let them succeed, Barr said.

Joshua Nelson is a freelance reporter for Fox News. Officers in Los Angeles fired rubber bullets and swung batons during a testy standoff with demonstrators who set fire to a police auto.

Trump's tweet appeared to be part of an effort by his administration to blame far-left activists for the violence gripping the nation after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

He tweeted, "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a terrorist organization".

Mr Trump also criticised the mayor of Minneapolis, who is a Democrat, for failing to control the protests.

Jones said that he watched a circulating video of an Antifa member being told by protestors to "stop", "stop destroying the businesses", and "you're going to get us killed".

"Protesting such brutality is right and necessary", he said in a late-night statement. His last were "I can't breathe", which became the slogan of the nationwide protests.

The protests were triggered by the death of George Floyd. "They need to separate [Antifa] from peaceful people". The Denver mayor said people had been stopped while bringing "assault weapons, handguns (and) baseball bats" into the city.

Meanwhile, in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, national security adviser Robert O'Brien accused the group of using organized and violent tactics, asking what the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been doing about it. Three officers who stood by during the incident have yet to be charged.



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