Members of the far-left group Antifa were caught on video smashing windows of a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting office in California during the latest violent protest.
The U.S. Marines Office in Berkeley confirmed the attack on the morning of Aug. 6 to Epoch Times. “Yes, it happened,” the office stated. “The windows are cracked and need to be replaced.”
After clashing with police and other protesters in Portland on Saturday, Aug. 4, Antifa members took to the streets of Berkeley on Sunday.
Filmmaker Ford Fischer, who was on hand for both protests, filmed Antifa members smashing the windows at the Marine Corps office on Shattuck Avenue.
Fischer said that after he filmed Antifa breaking the window and throwing a torch into a nearby dumpster, a group of members confronted him.
“They basically told me to leave, implying attack if I didn’t. I left,” Fischer wrote on Twitter, accompanying video footage of the group threatening him. One of the group said: “Get the [expletive] back. Cops aren’t here. They won’t help you.”
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) August 5, 2018
Officials in the West have struggled to contain Antifa and other far-left protesters, whose members often clash with counter-protesters, leading to violence.
On Saturday, video footage showed an Antifa member smashing a counter-protester in the head, leaving the man bleeding profusely. Antifa members often wear masks, dress in all black, regularly assault other protesters, and destroy public and private property.
The Berkeley Police Department said that 20 arrests were made on Sunday and dozens of weapons were confiscations as police officers tried to de-escalate confrontations between Antifa and rival groups.
We have made 17 arrests, and, if necessary, we will continue to make more. We're also continuing to confiscate weapons. pic.twitter.com/xJVYrdD2ag
— Berkeley Police (@berkeleypolice) August 5, 2018
“Even though there were many hundreds of people, many of whom came armed and hostile, there were no significant injuries to anyone in the public or to City staff. The lack of injuries is fortunate given that extremists threw explosives at Berkeley Police and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office mutual aid officers. Berkeley Fire treated and released three members of the public for minor injuries,” the department said in a press release.
However, there was significant damage inflicted on city property, the department noted.
“An extremist element amongst a large group marched westbound by the Berkeley Way parking lot, smashing 21 city vehicles and slashing City vehicle tires, and setting one City vehicle on fire. Three minor dumpster fires were extinguished.”
According to a previous report from Epoch Times, Antifa can be traced to the “united front” of the Soviet Union’s Communist International (Comintern) during the Third World Congress in Moscow in June and July 1921, according to the German booklet “80 Years of Anti-Fascist Action” by Bernd Langer, published by the Association for the Promotion of Anti-Fascist Culture. The organization was first part of the Soviet Union’s front operations to bring about communist dictatorship in Germany, and it worked to label all rival parties as “fascist.”