Is Antifa a terrororganisation?
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I'm not going to write down rules but I think you know what is okay and not
PRO hasn't been on site since creating this debate so it doesn't look like there will be an argument to counter. Antifa is defined slightly differently by geographic region, so let's note that CON is assuming we are discussing the most recent incarnation of antifa in the United States.
The ANTIFA movement is composed of left-wing, autonomous, militant anti-fascist groups and individuals in the United States. The principal feature of antifa groups is their use of direct action, with conflicts occurring both online and in real life. Activists involved in the movement tend to be anti-capitalists and subscribe to a range of ideologies, typically on the left. They include anarchists, socialists and communists along with some liberals and social democrats. Their stated focus is on fighting far-right and white supremacist ideologies directly, rather than through electoral means.
There is no universally accepted definition for terrorism. Resort to violence is possibly the only common denominator agreed by all but we can also agree that most acts of violence are not terrorism. For the purposes of this debate, let's note the present incarnation of antifascist resistance in the US has not been shown to be responsible for any deaths or permanent injuries. Yes, there has been some property damage and punches thrown but antifa has not killed anybody. If reasonable people agree that for any political organization to qualify as legitimately "terrorist," that organization must at least be guilty of murder then we have established that antifa groups do not qualify as a terrorist organization.
Let's hand back to PRO to see if we get an affirmative argument.
Instigator forfeited R1,R2 and hasn't been online for a few days. We'll give it another round to see if anything is forthcoming. Pls. extend all arguments.
Full Forfeit by PRO.
Thanks to voters for their kind consideration.