Twitter suspended several prominent accounts associated with the US Antifa after the recent riots in Oregon following Joe Biden’s inauguration.
The crackdown came after the recent riots at Portland, where Antifa mobs attacked the Democrat Party office in Oregon, smashing windows and painting slogans. “We don’t want Biden. We want revenge for police murders, imperialist wars, and fascist massacres,” one of their banners wrote.
At least four accounts that support that radical leftist movement have been suspended by the popular social media platform, including @JewishWorker, @RevAbolition, @RevAbolitionNYC and @TheBaseBK, the account for the anarchist center in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
According to the New York Post, the suspended Antifa accounts had more than 71,000 followers combined. The pages now read “account suspended”, for violating Twitter rules.
But that’s not the end of Antifa’s troubles after Biden’s inauguration. Fifteen leftist rioters involved in Antifa vandalism in Oregon have been arrested. Police released the photos of eight of those suspected for destruction of property.
Antifa is an organization inspired by radical left anarchist and communist ideologies, which were responsible for millions of murders world-wide. It is not surprising that they use violent tactics against their political opponents, including silencing and deplatforming of conservatives and others they disagree with.
The irony of a violent group that is against free speech being deplatformed was not lost on many on the right, who were quick to point out how Antifa itself used violence to silence its opponents.
Gab, a social network popular among conservatives and the right, saw the move as Antifa “getting a taste” of tech censorship, something that conservatives have already gotten used to.
Antifa was involved in the Berkley riots, near the UC Berkley campus where several conservative public figures (including Ann Coulter) were scheduled to speak. Leftist rioters succeeded in canceling her speech.
At the time, many prominent Democrats failed to denounce Antifa violence. As tech companies censored right wing media, leftists were largely unscathed. That is, until Antifa turned on them as well. Now, tech companies have decided to crack down on them, giving them a taste of the censorship they were advocating for.
Antifa did not see the irony, and called their violent tactics “a struggle for liberation”, in which “they will never waver”.
“Our comrades with The Base(@TheBasebk), an anarchist social center in Brooklyn, NY of 9 years now took this Twitter thing seriously. Reaching a platform of 17k followers they pushed a very specific line where politics were never blurred. Today, Twitter took their account down, and now there’s a void. The Base took the same approach to Twitter as they do in the struggle for liberation. As anarchists they take a stand & never waver. Its inspiring. And we encourage everyone to check their site now & periodically http://thebasebk.org Solidarity forever!”, they wrote on the Antifa Sacramento page.