A couple of weekends ago, Antifa owned the streets of downtown Portland after they arrived to counter-protest a right-wing rally. The Portland Police Bureau received copious amounts of criticism about their inaction to violent attacks which led to some going to the hospital and a conservative journalist ending up with a brain hemorrhage.
This past weekend The Proud Boys and other right-wing groups organized a rally at Washington D.C.’s Freedom Plaza to protest Big Tech suppressing speech based on conservative ideology. Approximately 250 people attended the rally and Antifa brought around 50 members who were dressed in all black and wearing protective equipment such as body armor, helmets, and goggles. The left-wing anarchist group also wore masks just like they did in Portland to cover their identity.
Washington, D.C. Metro Police placed barricades between each side and kept the groups separated. Some Antifa members were able to skirt the barriers and single out a man wearing a MAGA hat. However, this time, the police were allowed to do their job and pull the man away from the Antifa agitators without any reported injury to him.
The groups were placed so far apart on purpose they had difficulty hearing one another. At one point, Antifa insurrectionists attempted to break through an area, but the Metro officers quickly shut them down violently.
A few Antifa members attempted to bull rush officers. They were quickly grabbed and forcefully shoved backward, at least one falling on his back.
The Portland Police failed, but Metro P.D. treated Antifa appropriately. They are a group that uses their anonymity to injure and shut down the First Amendment. After the anarchists could not do that this weekend in Washington, their response was to attempt to break the line of officers. Traditionally, Antifa’s attempts to use of force are successful. This time they failed.
Unlike in Oregon, Metro P.D. officers were allowed to do their jobs and protect the rights of the rally-goers. When black-clad Antifa members attempted to push through the officers, they met force.
When police officers are called fascists, this rally should be an example of why those claims are false. Antifa is the fascist entity, not law enforcement officers. The police physically stopped left-wing anarchists from completing their mission of stifling free speech. The officers were noble and should be praised.