Two weeks after violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va., and one week after violent protests in Boston, another clash is shaping up to take place in Berkeley, Calif.
The well-organized, militant group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) is rallying forces to “shut down” a planned march against Marxism in Berkeley. Berkeley has already been the site of repeated instances of political violence this year, predominantly by aggressive anarchist and Marxist actors.
BAMN is organizing to shut down what it claims is a “Neo-Nazi” rally in Berkeley on Saturday. The rally is titled “No to Marxism in America.” The rally organizer, a biological man who identified himself as a transgender woman to media outlets, claims the rally is not a “right-wing” rally, embraces diversity and is meant to oppose the spread of Marxism in Berkeley.
BAMN, which was founded by the openly-Marxist Revolutionary Workers League, has previously been involved in violent clashes in Berkeley and elsewhere. The group’s members are unapologetic about their use of physical confrontation, even with harmless participants, as a political tactic.
Among BAMN’s leaders is a Berkeley teacher, Yvette Felarca, who was charged last month with inciting a riot in Oakland. Felarca and other BAMN activists have tried to “brainwash” and “indoctrinate” students into their militia during school hours, Berkeley Unified School District argued in court filings.
The school district also said that efforts to discipline Felarca were derailed by student protesters who would disrupt disciplinary proceedings in support of Felarca.
BAMN has direct ties to the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), one of the nation’s most prominent pro-pedophilia organizations, according to internal NAMBLA documents obtained by TheDC.
BAMN played an active role in organizing the riots shutting down right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos’ speech at the University of California – Berkeley in February.
The group’s planned aggressive demonstrations against conservative commentator Ann Coulter and the students coming to hear her talk led to the cancellation of Coulter’s speech in April due to safety concerns.
Saturday’s planned confrontations in Berkeley come two weeks after an enormous battle between antifa and white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, where 20-year-old James Fields allegedly drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring dozens more.
One week after the Charlottesville, protesters demonstrating against a free speech rally in Boston launched urine-filled water bottles and rocks at police officers.
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