Antifa on trial: How one criminal case could redefine the murky left-wing movement

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  • Experts say the case could change how American law enforcement tackles the much-misunderstood movement known as Antifa.
  • Some also see the case as selective prosecution, when violence emerged on both sides.
  • But prosecutors want to make the case that the Antifa side acted more like a gang, with a unified goal and shared tactics.

On Jan. 9, 2021, three days after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a mob of white supremacists, Proud Boys and other supporters of President Donald Trump descended on the neighborhood of Pacific Beach in San Diego.

Wearing body armor and carrying wooden sticks and flagpoles, the group marched through town holding up Nazi salutes, snarling at locals in the beachfront bars, and shouting the same chant that had been used on the streets of the capital days before: “F— Antifa!”

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