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Antifa is a legitimate political organization.

Antifa is a political protest movement of autonomous groups affiliated by their militant opposition to fascism. It is not a political party.

Antifa is a political protest movement of autonomous groups affiliated by their militant opposition to fascism. It is not a political party. Antifa is short for anti-fascists. Antifa groups use more traditional forms of community organizing like rallies and protest march. They often organize in black blocs (ad hoc gatherings of individuals that wear black clothing, ski masks, scarves, sunglasses, and other material to conceal their faces). They carry mostly hand made weapons like pepper spray, knives, bricks, and chains.

Antifa sometimes uses a logo with a double flag, usually in black and red. This movement began in the 1960s in Europe and had reached the U.S. by the end of the 1970s. The group does not have an official leader or headquarters, although certain states hold regular meetings. In some cities — such as Berkeley, California, and Portland, Oregon — local chapters are active and well organized. Nationally, however, the movement is small and dispersed. Antifa members organize their activities through social media, encrypted peer-to-peer networks, and encrypted messaging services such as Signal.

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