Members of the far-left extremist group Antifa have been captured on camera intimidating an elderly couple over the weekend who were crossing a road outside a Canadian college, which was holding an event for a local conservative politician.
The video of the incident, which is widely circulated on social media, was taken outside Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, during a rally where Antifa members were protesting against Member of Parliament Maxime Bernier and supporters of his People’s Party of Canada. The event also featured American political pundit Dave Rubin.
Four people were arrested for “breach of the peace” but were later released without conditions, according to local media CBC, citing police.
In the video, four masked protestors deliberatively stood in front of an elderly woman pushing a walker and an elderly man, blocking their path while screaming “Nazi scum! Off our streets!” The couple appeared calm in the video.
At one point, the elderly man tried to reason with a protestor but she immediately yells back, “Don’t [expletive] touch me!”
Bernier, who resigned from the Conservative Party of Canada in 2018 and formed the People’s Party of Canada, condemned the action of the Antifa members.
“These Antifa protesters are a small minority of violent thugs. The most frightening is that their extremist, Far Left ideology is now tacitly supported by many in academia, the media, activist organizations, and politics. Our democracy is in danger,” he wrote on Twitter on Sept. 30.
These Antifa protesters are a small minority of violent thugs.
The most frightening is that their extremist, Far Left ideology is now tacitly supported by many in academia, the media, activist organizations, and politics.
Our democracy is in danger. https://t.co/umcGgthHnJ
— Maxime Bernier (@MaximeBernier) September 30, 2019
The incident also garnered the attention of many political commentators, journalists, and other public figures.
“This is ANTIFA harassing an elderly couple crossing the street. The Media will not cover this.. If those were Red Hats instead of Black Masks it would be on every major network for the next week,” Turning Point USA Chief Creative Officer Benny Johnson wrote.
This is ANTIFA harassing an elderly couple crossing the street.
The Media will not cover this..
If those were Red Hats instead of Black Masks it would be on every major network for the next week. pic.twitter.com/qFR023zaf1
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 30, 2019
“This is from an Antifa protest in Canada. This is so disgusting to do to old people who are just trying to cross the street,” Canadian-American singer Kaya Jones wrote.
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) September 30, 2019
“Here’s a video of ANTIFA, the violent anti-First Amendment group, tormenting and harassing an elderly couple trying to cross the street,” wrote Dan Bongino, the host of The Dan Bongino Show.
Here’s a video of ANTIFA, the violent anti-First Amendment group, tormenting and harassing an elderly couple trying to cross the street. You’d better vote in 2020 or these are the animals that will be running this country and others. 👇🏻👇🏻 https://t.co/Xyr4ym3kSk
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) September 30, 2019
“Congratulations #Antifa You stopped that dangerous old woman with a walker from crossing the street,” wrote Jim Hanson, president of the Security Studies Group.
You stopped that dangerous old woman with a walker from crossing the street pic.twitter.com/9vPpPR9ccY
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) September 30, 2019
“Antifa protesters scream at & block elderly couple outside an event featuring conservative politician @MaximeBernier & @RubinReport. Further violence broke out, leading to two arrests. Mohawk College had faced massive campaign to cancel the event,” Andy Ngo, a journalist who has covered Antifa extensively, wrote.
In June, Ngo was brutally assaulted while he was covering one of the group’s protests. The scene was captured by a local reporter in video footage that shows Antifa members punching him in the face, kicking him, and hurling cups of a white substance at the journalist. Portland police later said the cups contained quick-drying cement mixed into milkshakes.
Antifa’s origins can be traced back to the “anti-fascist” movement in Germany, which was part of the Soviet Union’s front operations to incite a communist revolution in the European country. In the United States, the group claims that its members are fighting fascism, but rarely do they confront actual fascists. Instead, their members, who are made up of communists, socialists, and other hard-left radicals, label parties and individuals who don’t align with their ideology as “fascists” to justify its use of violence against them.
The group has frequently made headlines for its violent attacks on opposing groups, particularly Trump supporters, whom they have branded as “fascists.”
President Donald Trump previously said his administration was considering whether to declare Antifa a domestic terrorist organization.
Epoch Times reporter Ivan Pentchoukov contributed to this report.