Jonny Braden | Opinion
US President Donald Trump has finally labelled ANTIFA a terrorist organisation in America, and it’s time the British Government did too.
The Terrorism Act 2000 defines terrorism as:
“The use or threat of action designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public involving serious violence, damage to property or endangering a person’s life.”
Under the same legislation, our Home Secretary, Priti Patel, can proscribe an organisation as a terrorist threat if they commit / participate in / prepare for / promote terrorism including abroad.
Therefore, in order to show that ANTIFA should immediately be proscribed as a terrorist organisation, all that we would need to show is that members of ANTIFA have engaged in or promoted serious violence in an effort to intimidate the public, whether in the UK or further afield.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, since 2016 ANTIFA have been at the forefront of all political violence in the US. It started with violent assaults and riots on college campuses, when conservative students dared to invite conservative speakers to share conservative ideas. Quickly snowballing into three years of terrorising American journalists, physically attacking conservatives and vandalising countless businesses – all with virtual impunity, as cowardly politicians and lawmakers have refused to apply the law to those culturally deemed as “woke”.
It was only a matter of time before these white, mask-wearing, middle-class, delusional and violent thugs were designated as terrorists in the US, and I (along with a great many others) look forward to seeing the full weight of the US Justice System slamming down on the miserable cretins.
The question of how to treat ANTIFA must now be raised and immediately answered in the UK. As a nation, we’ve had more than enough of masked thugs indiscriminately dishing out violence on those with differing political views. If they are not proscribed terrorists soon, we risk allowing their cancerous ideology to continue to infect the minds of the bored middle-class university graduates, who feel let down by the system that did not provide them with a £100K job in exchange for their Gender Studies degree. These overgrown teenagers are easily misled in their search for a deeper meaning to their Avocado-on-Toast lives.
What starts as dipping their toe into the venom-filled pool of media hatred for all things BoJo can quickly descend from protesting against democracy into standing outside Parliament and screaming “F*** THE POLICE” at the same men and women who would gladly risk their lives to preserve ours. From there, is it really that much of a leap to see these misguided malcontents donning all-black attire and being the next group to vandalise Jacob Rees-Mogg’s family home? How long before their milkshakes are replaced with acid? Or before they use violence to shut down any political viewpoint they disagree with?
Inaction risks seeing our streets descend into the chaos we are seeing unfold in the US.
Priti Patel needs to act now. Not only to show solidarity with our most important ally, but to protect the British people, institutions and culture.