Filed under: Action, Anarchist Movement, Anti-fascist, Southeast
When we first heard of the rally being put together in DC by today’s neo-Fascist crowd, we all knew they wanted to throwdown and create a spectacle. It didn’t happen. Even the Congressman they promoted stayed away.
White Supremacists and neo-Fascists converged on DC on what has become a series of rallies in the nation’s capital, bringing hundreds of their numbers to two separate rallies at the Lincoln Memorial and the White House. Antifascists meanwhile, held their own rally at the Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters in support for the 200 arrested during Inauguration Day protests. The day was particularly uneventful, despite the lead up to the event that suggested the neo-Fascists were trying to provoke antifa into a brawl in an area, putting tourists and their families and risk, as well as the public infighting that resulted in the split into two rallies.
The rally at the Lincoln Memorial was the largest of the two Fascist rallies, bringing out Nathan Damingo and his group Identity Evropa, Mike “Enoch” Peinovich and National Policy Institute Executive Director Richard Spencer. Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), was advertised as one of the speakers, but before the event took place he denied ever saying he would attend, claimed that he never even received an invitation to speak, and that he would never share a stage with White Supremacists.
“We were made aware on Monday (June 19), we saw this graphic online,” Higgins spokesperson Andrew David told One People’s Project. “So we immediately reached out to the folks posting the graphic [DC Anti-Communist Action] and we were able to trace it back to this one individual who wasn’t really sure how Congressman Higgins was supposedly a speaker. He said someone had told him that our office was interested, which was completely false. We never had contact with these people. We never confirmed, and Congressman Higgins has made it very clear.”
.@DLamontJenkins addresses white supremacist events happening in DC today, & political ambitions of the alt-right https://t.co/grKWXzA4US pic.twitter.com/tGShjPRYSd
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) June 25, 2017
According to organizers, the rally split came when Spencer was added to the speakers’ list prompting conservative propagandist Jack Posobiec and others to break off to hold a ‘Rally Against Political Violence.’ Posobiec and Spencer’s public falling out led the two to attack each other for their political stances, when they were of no issue beforehand, even working together on a April 15th rally outside the White House.
An antifascist rally is about to take place outside Washington DC police headquarters. Live updates here: https://t.co/grKWXzA4US pic.twitter.com/r8Xx9xioyv
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) June 25, 2017
Since that time however, Posobiec began getting more attention from mainstream conservative media outlets such as Fox News, who has not expressed any reservations about his neo-Fascist activism and have spotlighted his activities such as he and his supporters crashing the production of Julius Caesar in New York City, which had created controversy because of its depiction of Donald Trump as Caesar.
Posobiec insisted to his Twitter followers that antifa was planning to disrupt and attack his rally even though there were no evidence of such plans. Posobiec even attempted to use the announcement of the antifa rally at the police station to bolster this claim, even though it noted that there will be no confrontation unless there was overt aggressive actions from his camp.
The Antifa rally at the police station began at the same time as the other two rallies and spotlighted the concerns of police violence and brutality, especially after the events of the past week that saw the acquittals of police officers who murdered Philando Castile in Minneapolis and Sylville Smith in Milwaukee, a mistrial declared in the case of the University of Cincinnati police officer who murdered Samuel Dubose, and two more shootings, one fatal for a pregnant mother of three, and another a Black police officer who was running to the aid of other officers when he was shot in the arm.
It was also to show support for the over 200 arrested during the Inauguration Day protests in the city and facing long prison terms. The neo-Fascist rallies were still acknowledged, with antifa pledging to be in Charlottesville, VA on July 8th and August 12th, when White Supremacists plan to hold neo-Confederate rallies in an effort to prevent Confederate monuments in town from being taken down. Some conservative reporters such as vlogger Hunter Avellone and a person representing the right wing propaganda outlet Accuracy in Media were there to cover this rally, but were blocked by antifa.
Some neo-Fascists, despite protesting under the guise of defending free speech, are calling for disrupting an anti-Trump rally on July 2 in Philadelphia.