Gabriel Nadales, former ANTIFA member, and a writer for Fox News, shares an op-ed of his personal experience regarding the violent group. Nadales shares how he got involved with the group, and why they must be stopped.
I first became involved in Antifa in 2010 while I was in high school, and over the course of two years I participated in several demonstrations throughout Southern California. Although I never hurt anyone, I yelled obscenities, I destroyed property and I am ashamed of my actions. While I walked away from the movement over seven years ago, I have been following its growth and today’s Antifa members are far more brutal, thuggish and bold than anything I experienced.
How did it get to this? Antifa has been encouraged and allowed to thrive on our college and university campuses. Police are often forced to work with their hands behind their backs, as we saw from the footage of Ngo’s attack, and administrators have failed to hold those who commit acts of violence and intimidation accountable. We are now seeing it spill over into our communities.
Antifa will only grow more aggressive if it is not stopped, and we must target it where is has found fertile ground—our college and university campuses.