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New “Unmasking Antifa Act” Would Sentence You to 15 Years for “Intimidating” While Masked

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If you threaten or intimidate someone while wearing a face mask, you could risk getting sent to jail for 15 years. That is the main objective of a new bill introduced by U.S. Congressman Dan Donovan from New York. The bill is called “The Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018,” and in light of the bill’s name, many anti-fascists take the bill to be directly targeting their movement. This anti-fascist movement is commonly referred to as “Antifa,” and while Antifa members don’t always wear masks, it is not an uncommon practice in the movement.

According to the bill’s language, anyone or group of persons who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates” others with a disguise or mask on is eligible for 15 years imprisonment.

Antifa vs. Alt-Right 

The Antifa movement opposes fascist uprisings and neo-Nazi activities, which is how some characterize the “alt-right.” The alt-right movement is largely white male heterosexuals who say they are defending their white anglo European heritage. How the movements are seen or defined largely depends on who is defining them. The two movements often clash and appear at protests just to oppose each other.

The most notorious clash between the alt-right and Antifa came in Charlottesville, Virginia last year. The alt-right planned a rally which many dubbed a white-supremacist rally and both Antifa members and people unaffiliated with Antifa showed up to counter-protest. A 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, was a counter-protester at the rally and was killed when she was hit by a car driven by a man “who acquaintances have identified as a Nazi sympathizer,” according to The Independent.

The sponsor of the bill says the bill if passed will target and criminalize the tactics used by anyone engaging in threatening behavior while wearing masks. Others say the bill unfairly targets and discriminates against the Antifa movement while indirectly supporting the alt-right movement.

“This bill explicitly targets the tactics used by anti-fascists to protect themselves against the violence and harassment of the far-right groups who routinely target them,” said Janine Renee Cunningham, a member of New York’s Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council, in a statement to The Independent.

“As a result, it should be considered tacit support of not only fascism, but also dangerous alt-right groups in this country,” Cunningham added.

Supporters Say the Bill Will Discourage Violent Protests

Ryan Patrick, spokesman for Congressman Dan Donovan, insists the bill serves to update existing civil rights statutes by adding penalties for misbehaving when donning a mask. He said the bill does not have any particular person or group as focus, though when the name of a bill directly pinpoints one group of people, it is hard not to see an implicit bias.

The former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, who resigned in protest under Trump, tweeted a response to the bill on Tuesday.

https://twitter.com/waltshaub/status/1016870921515225090

Congressman Donovan stated in the bill’s defense, “Americans have the natural right to speak and protest freely; it is not a right to throw Molotov cocktails and beat people while hiding behind a mask.”

The Independent reported that 372 people in the U.S. died between 2007 and 2016 at the hands of domestic extremists of all kinds. The Anti-Defamation League said approximately 74 percent of those deaths were caused by right-wing extremists and two percent were caused by left-wing extremists.

 

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  1. James Martin August 24, 2018

    Good!

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  2. James Martin August 24, 2018

    About time.

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  3. Tom Hert August 24, 2018

    What about the kkk

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  4. Lola Johnson August 25, 2018

    What about the Klan

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    1. Colene Liles August 25, 2018

      Lola Jihnson it would apply to anybody that chooses to cover their face and harm someone else or someone else’s property. It doesn’t apply to the color of anybody skin or the group

    2. Bruce Foor August 25, 2018

      Colene Liles then why is it called the unmasking the antifa act

  5. Sasha Canfield Christianson August 25, 2018

    This is some b.s.

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  6. Judy Duduks August 25, 2018

    This is ridiculous. Not in favor of this. So if I am wearing a bandana while riding or running, walking, I lose years of my life? No way this should be a law.

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  7. PaiD ProTesTorS Serve Their Purposes Folks

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    1. Hector Roldan August 25, 2018

      Tamra, stop the bullshit.

    2. Margrett Egan Geist August 25, 2018

      Out of the mouth of the Faux brainwashed. Look up on this thing called Google how advertising and groups and Fox and Trump use repetitive lies and messages to manipulate people. Since Trump cultists never fact check anything and Fox never offers real facts just constantly kiss Herr Trumpler’s ass.

  8. Jason Self August 25, 2018

    Ok. Who is going to tell all the SWAT guys?

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  9. Bill Williams August 25, 2018

    That’s just stupid

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  10. Bill Williams August 25, 2018

    This is just stupid

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  11. Michaele Brown Smith August 25, 2018

    Could we unmask the KKK….or tRumps Russiwn mob contacts? This could be fake news. No point.

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  12. Mike Streenzsr August 25, 2018

    good get it done now

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  13. Johnny Osterdock August 25, 2018

    Why would you have to have a mask on or a bandana or something like that over covering your face if you’re just an active walking around there protesting

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    1. Hector Roldan August 25, 2018

      Helps against tear gas and police serveilance.

    2. Colene Liles August 25, 2018

      Hector Roldan if you’re not there to harm someone else and you’re just there to protest peacefully then you should not have to worry about your gas or anything else

  14. Robert Pulliam August 25, 2018

    Good

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  15. Peca Blanco August 25, 2018

    This is crazy!!

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  16. Jeani Wilkinson August 25, 2018

    What about the kkk hoods?

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    1. Sharon Knerr August 25, 2018

      That is my question, too.

  17. Martha Steeves August 25, 2018

    Good. Just a bunch of leftists Soros paid thugs.

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  18. Brian Mackay August 25, 2018

    This would mean thst anyone protesting while protecting your identity from retaliation would be targeted, not just these guys. Also would affect how the people would preceive police and Military use if masks. This will start a shit show

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  19. Ed Eichner August 25, 2018

    Well when trump is gone and the KKK crowl back under the rocks where they hide, then maybe we won’t see the other side protesters needed , you sometimes need to fight the trump magots

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  20. Scott Stowell August 25, 2018

    Does this also apply to the KKK and other white nationalists ?
    Gotta ask with the current regime ‘cuz they are kinda known for stupid shit !

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  21. David Albertson August 25, 2018

    Needs to be a nation wide goal of removing all Antifa face coverings by every one. Doesn’t matter what party but protestors need to be proud not fertile like rats!

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  22. Joanne Olenhouse Racadio August 25, 2018

    Fascism

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  23. Colene Liles August 25, 2018

    I have seen the same question on here it applies 2 any person who chooses to cover their face and cause someone else harm or someone’s property damage. It is not based on the color of someone’s skin or the group they choose to affiliate themselves with.

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  24. James Early August 25, 2018

    If you must ware a some thing to cover your face . you must not beleive in what you are doing .

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  25. Margrett Egan Geist August 25, 2018

    More and more we are losing our freedoms and 1st amendment rights. The idiot Republicans believe the rhetoric about smaller government and fewer laws. What they don’t get is they are taking away protections and rights. More and more since Herr Trumpler we are looking like a third world country with the crazy dictator mob boss and his lieutenants & goons.

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  26. Bruce Foor August 25, 2018

    What about the white supremacist with their face shields, the kkk

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