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Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin says I think we should classify them as a gang. They come dressed in uniforms. They have weapons, almost like a militia, and I think we need to think about that in terms of our law enforcement approach.
"We also need to hold accountable and encourage people not to associate with these extremists because it empowers them and gives them cover, said Arreguin.
Under California law, a gang is defined as an organization of at least three persons, with a common name, or identifying mark or symbol, which engages in criminal activity. Criminals who commit offenses for gangs can face tougher sentences in the state.
For those who are unaware, Jesse Arreguin defeated a very liberal Democratic opponent in the mayor race in Berkeley in 2016 as the more left-leaning candidate in the race. And he's calling Antifa a gang.
Time to stop giving Antifa any cover here on DU in my estimation.
The political reaction to the killing spree in Yemen that now eclipses the murderous assault on Gaza by Israel, has not only been met with indifference but many leftists and radicals in the U.S. have given their support to Bernie Sanders who said very clearly that under his administration the Saudis would be given even more latitude to carry out military operations in the Middle-East.
The Sanders position is that the Saudis needed to get their hands a little dirty.
For Bernie and his supporters, the mischief that the Saudi government and private individuals have been engaged in across the region financing groups like ISIS wasnt dirty enough.
After years of drone attacks from the U.S., the end of the agony of the people of Yemen is nowhere in sight. These attacks targeted weddings, funerals, first responders to an initial drone attack and so-called signature strikes where an anonymous person is murdered because he fits the behavior profile of a terrorist. After pounding the country into rubble with six months of terror from the sky, the Saudis are now involved in ground operations in Yemen that will only increase the death toll and the humanitarian disaster.
This is the world that a President Sanders promisescontinued war crimes from the sky with drone strikes and Saudi led terror in support of the Western imperial project.
This is not to suggest that everyone who might find a way to support Sanders is a closet racist and supporter of imperialism....
In their desperate attempt to defend Sanders and paint his critics as dogmatists and purists, the Sanders supporters have not only fallen into the ideological trap of a form of narrow left nativism, but also the white supremacist ethical contradiction that reinforces racist cynicism in which some lives are disposable for the greater good of the West.
And as much as the Sandernistas attempt to disarticulate Sanders progressive domestic policies from his documented support for empire (even the Obamaite aphorism The perfect is the enemy of the good is unashamedly deployed), it should be obvious that his campaign is an ideological prop albeit from a center/left position of the logic and interests of the capitalist-imperialist settler state.
Ads like this, in my estimation, are how to destroy Trump in the General.
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