With just two days left until Ben Shapiro’s speech at UC Berkeley, local anti-fascist groups have taken to campus with megaphones.
Video captured by the Berkeley College Republicans shows Antifa activists with large signs and megaphones walking around a public square attempting to gain support.
— Bradley Devlin (@bradleydevlin) September 12, 2017
The unidentified woman in the video calls Ben Shapiro an “architect of the foundations of the fascist regime.” Of course, Shapiro was the first to defy Trump’s attempt at the nomination during the election.
Shapiro is set to speak to a large group of students on campus this Thursday, Sept. 14th. Tensions have steadily risen between the Berkeley administration, Berkeley College Republicans, and anti-fascist groups. The administration has been very reluctant to allow Shapiro to speak on campus, and even tried to impose ridiculous security fines on the College Republican group hosting him. At this time, they seem content with lowering the amount of attendees. The group has so far kept to yelling into megaphones, posting flyers, and in some cases eating them.
It is remarkable that this amount of effort is being put into keeping Ben Shapiro from speaking. Shapiro is not entirely controversial, unlike figures such as Milo Yiannopoulos, who have scheduled an entire week later this month to be at Berkeley. Milo’s speech was the target of a riot which took place in February, leaving the college and surrounding area with $100,000 in damages.
While Refuse Fascism and “Antifa” are not the same group, they share very close similarities in their ideology and tactics.
Antifa has recently been labeled a terrorist organization by the FBI and DHS. Standing in public speaking freely is no terrorist action, but spreading false information to gain supporters in order to shut down an event is toeing the line. Antifa stands for “anti-fascist,” and Ben Shapiro is objectively not a fascist. What is fascistic, however, is the willingness to disseminate false information in order to eliminate opposition in forwarding a single ideology. Perhaps someone will see the irony in Antifa’s goals.
Using disinformation, their own voices, and sometimes even a megaphone to drown out the opposition is no new trick for Antifa. They are prepared for far more than just words and signs. The woman in the video is calling for people to take a stand against Ben Shapiro’s “fascism.” Surely, that stand will not be a peaceful one. As we draw nearer to his speech, disruptive violence seems inevitable.
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