After raising money with an IndieGoGo campaign, Antifa have opened a martial arts training center in Chicago. It’s called the Haymaker Collective, and according to the “Training With the Haymaker Collective” video, everybody is welcome to join – except police, or people affiliated with right wing groups.
The name Antifa is an abbreviation of “anti-fascist,” and the Antifa group is made up of people who claim to be against fascism. However, they’ve been criticized for using violence, rioting, and the destruction of public property to further their cause. Diamond and Silk, two African American broadcasters, called them “the modern day KKK.”
“They’re going around shouting people down, trying to shut down people’s free speech,” Diamond and Silk said. “You know this reminds me of back in the day when there was somebody walking around with white hoods on their heads, and white sheets on their backs and calling themselves the KKK. They were doing that to terrorize and intimidate, to manipulate people. And it looks like this is the new modern day KKK, because now we have them dressed up in black, almost an ISIS-like type with black hats on their heads.”
Pro-police site, Blue Lives Matter, said a gym for self-defense to learn to protect against hate crime seems like it would be a great idea, but they’re unimpressed with Antifa and the Haymaker Collective.
“Antifa consists of people who largely believe in committing acts of violence against Nazis,” said Blue Lives Matter. “This is something that most people would generally be willing to look the other way on, except their definition of ‘Nazi’ or ‘fascism’ is fairly loose. Anybody who is simply perceived to be a supporter of President Donald Trump is labeled as a Nazi or fascist, and subject to being attacked unprovoked.”
For more info on Antifa’s defense gym, see videos below…
IndieGoGo video for Haymaker
Note: Blue Lives Matter site mocks this video heavily, but says it is not a parody, but put out by The Unicorn Riot team “who don’t like the police very much.”
As for the Haymaker Collective themselves, they want to “fight the politics of fear,” according to their promo video. “Not by reacting to the latest threat, but by patiently building up powerful networks in neighborhoods where it cannot take root.”