By Bill Smith
Last week the State of California filed charges against two antifascists involved in the April 25 confrontation with a reactionary reporter at an anti-sanctuary city rally in Huntington Beach.
National Chauvinist Brandon Rancor posed as a reporter and crossed over to the “anti-Trump” side to taunt antifascists. One antifascist was charged with a felony assault with a deadly weapon and the second antifascist was charged with two misdemeanors of disturbing the peace and resisting arrest/obstructing a police officer.
Despite this repression and potential imprisonment for a maximum of four years, the two antifascists told Incendiary that they have revolutionary optimism; they understand state repression is a natural reaction to revolutionary organizing.
Although the red-masked antifascists at Huntington Beach were brave, video captured an objective failure. It showed disorganized and hesitant antifascists, and depicted the reactionary as a more capable fighter, who was able to deal at least two blows to antifascists. He was struck in the head with a pole, but it was not hard enough.
Additionally, other anarchist activists around Rancor did not do a proper job of attacking the enemy, preferring individual inaction to collective carrying-out of attacks.
Nothing is truly black or white, and whenever there is failure there is also a positive aspect in the form of learning from mistakes. To learn from mistakes is a gift and allows for improvement. This means that more antifascist activists must confront class enemies with revolutionary violence with greater conviction and tighter organization.
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