Antifa members charged with string of assaults during pro-Trump rally: Prosecutors

At least 10 members of a leftist activist group are reportedly facing charges related to a protest days after the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

According to the Washington Examiner, the suspected Antifa adherents are accused of conspiracy to block a peaceful assembly.

“Known to use force, fear, and violence”

Prosecutors assert that the protesters allegedly arrived at the San Diego, California, demonstration on Jan. 9 with the intention of obstructing the rally in support of then-President Donald Trump.

The defendants are specifically facing charges related to eight assaults near the Pacific Beach boardwalk during the so-called Patriot March. Authorities say the attacks involved fists, flagpoles, sticks, pepper spray, eggs, rocks, a stun gun, and even a lawn chair being used as weapons.

As prosecuting attorneys revealed, the group is facing conspiracy charges for allegedly using “direct action” in an effort to suppress an otherwise peaceful protest. This is said to be the first time on record that the Antifa group has faced such charges.

The defendants reportedly traveled from Los Angeles to San Diego, allegedly acting on a plan to commit violent crimes.

Prosecutors added that the group is “known to use force, fear, and violence to further their own interests and to suppress the interests of others.”

“The right to peaceful protest must be protected”

Citing video evidence of the attacks, District Attorney Summer Stephan noted that the violence was one-sided and not a “mutual” clash between protesters and counterprotesters.

One such clip allegedly shows 39-year-old Jonathan White assaulting a man and his dog with pepper spray. Another video appears to reveal a group of attackers knocking a woman to the ground before stomping her and beating her with flagpoles.

Despite a record of apparently planned violent attacks by those aligned with the Antifa movement, many on the left have been reticent to refer to the group as an organization of any type.

President Joe Biden once referred to it as simply an “idea” and has appeared to downplay the threats associated with actions by Antifa adherents.

Stephan, on the other hand, represents the view that “the right to peaceful protest must be protected” — even for pro-Trump demonstrators in California.

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