A post by the man named “J.D.” appeared yesterday at the always interesting Survivalblog.com which confirms some of my earlier thoughts about the organization of Antifa.
Referring to a large Antifa meeting he attended, J.D. reports:
The first one I attended was on the University of Michigan campus. The protest was rather large, about 1,500 people. What I found interesting was that the first speaker pointed out that “allies from RevCom/ ANTIFA” were present, just to provide “logistical support” including medical and security teams. The local RevCom leader got up and explained how to find the medics, (large red or green crosses) and explained that security was “circulating among the crowd” for safety. That was an ominous statement, as I’ll point out later.
[Note from GM: RevCom refers to the “Revolutionary Communist Party.”]
I began moving through the crowd and quickly spotted several security team members, obviously watching the crowd for anyone who wasn’t clapping or cheering along. It’s important to note that these protests require 100% ideological agreement or they will approach you and become confrontational, so I made sure I was chanting along. I noticed almost immediately that despite the man who said he was the RevCom leader, a young man named Ethan, that I would later have many interactions with, was actually in charge. He is a security team leader within the ANTIFA organization.
The biggest observation from the first protest was that despite the claims that they aren’t organized, they are highly organized by a central organization. Ethan and his security/medical team have been at every protest I’ve attended in Michigan, including one at the Capitol an hour away. They use the ubiquitous BaoFeng Handi-talkie radios to communicate.
Ethan himself most frequently wears Interceptor Body Armor and a Guy Fawkes mask, while dressing in black and red. When he is not personally actually leading the march, he wears the full face Guy Fawkes mask to try and prevent being identified.
Next, I attended a smaller protest that was scheduled in Canton Township, Michigan, a small Detroit suburb. I arrived an hour early, and lo & behold, Ethan and his crew were already in place. The protest met in a local grocery store lot and Ethan’s team was patrolling the lot, checking cars for people who appeared to be watching the protest.
Counter-Surveillance is a huge piece of the ANTIFA/RevCom program. They recorded license plate numbers of vehicles they deemed “suspicious”. At one point, when Ethan saw a man (not me) outside the protest taking photos, he tried to get the police to make the man leave. Imagine, protesting against the police, yet asking them to help you. The police told Ethan that Ethan and his group had no legal standing to ask anyone to leave, since they didn’t own the parking lot and were technically trespassing.
Clearly, Antifa has a cadre of members who are much more highly trained than the average Antifa and act as political and security police within Antifa.
These cadres are the analogs to the “political officers” and internal security police such as the KGB (originally the “Cheka” in revolutionary times) in Communist societies.
J.D.’s entire post is worth reading.
He concludes by describing as Antifa in the following manner:
1. The protests are organized by a central organization.
2. They have trained and professional security teams.
3. They actively conduct counter-surveillance.
4. Park sufficiently far enough distance away to discourage anyone following, and walk in.
5. They are completely willing to use arms and force.
6. The presence of body armor indicates a willingness to use violence.
7. Blending in is far better than direct confrontation.
8. Have a fully stocked and ready first aid kit, such as a BearFAK
Just so you’re ready when they come to your town…