An antifa group in Los Angeles celebrated May Day by holding a small march, hanging a Trump effigy, and advocating for “revolutionary violence” against the “capitalist state” in order to “create real political power.”
“We must carry out military actions against the enemies of the people!” a member of the L.A. cell of the Red Guards said in a speech published on the group’s blog.
We've obtained the transcript from a #MayDay speech given by an #Antifa group in LA. This is just one of the many quotes in which they call for "revolutionary violence". cc: @FBILosAngeles; @LAPDHQ; @DHSgov
— Far Left Watch (@FarLeftWatch) May 3, 2018
The Red Guards is a Maoist group that hopes to duplicate in the United States the anarchy and terror Chairman Mao’s Red Guards inflicted on China during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. The group also identifies as “antifascist” and has cells throughout the United States.
Hundreds of thousands of leftists throughout the world mobilized for the annual “International Workers’ Day” on May 1 to advocate for various social justice causes and celebrate communism.
While May Day protests in France, Turkey, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere turned violent, Wednesday’s protests in the United States tended to be relatively calm. As PJ Media reported, 22 police cruisers in Portland were vandalized yesterday. Additionally, three Red Guards members in Charlotte, North Carolina, and four Red Guards members in Kansas City, Missouri, were arrested for protest-related shenanigans. However, most American May Day protesters conducted their far-left activities in a peaceful manner.
The same cannot be said for the rhetoric of the protesters.
This violent #Antifa group has escalated their rhetoric and is now calling for "military actions" against their enemies (ie; anyone to the right of Karl Marx).
— Far Left Watch (@FarLeftWatch) May 3, 2018
In the speech, the group advocated for targeted political violence against their perceived enemies and openly encouraged armed insurrection against the U.S. government.
Via Far Left Watch, here are some key quotes from the Red Guards speech in Los Angeles.
“We stand in solidarity with the Red Guards and principally Maoist collectives who are working towards the creation of the Maoist Party. We stand in solidarity with Maoist parties across the world who are committed to building socialism and fighting revisionism through People’s War!”
Here they make it clear that they seek to militarize the masses and create an army:
“What needs to be done is the concentric construction of the three weapons of revolution: the Maoist Party, the Maoist People’s Army, and the Maoist United Front. What needs to be done is to militarize the masses and all the pre-Party Maoist formations!”
Here they openly call for “military actions” against their enemies (basically anyone who is not a communist):
“We must prepare today, yesterday and tomorrow for the prolong confrontation, the protracted war, against the capitalist state. We must carry out military actions against the enemies of the people!”
They then declare war on a bunch of different groups of people and follow that up with several quotes about how they are committed to revolutionary violence:
- “Our country’s working class knows only two roads: barbarism or socialism. And both require violence but only in the latter is that violence revolutionary and mastered by the proletariat, its Party and the masses.”
- Our task is clear: only through revolutionary violence can the masses create real political power!
- The masses are fighting back and we will guide them toward victory through revolutionary violence and warfare!
Here is a brief history lesson on Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution, courtesy of Chinese historian Song Yongyi, who said the widespread phenomenon of mass killings of the time consisted of five types:
1. Mass terror or mass dictatorship encouraged by the government—victims were humiliated and then killed by mobs or forced to commit suicide on streets or other public places.
2. Direct killing of unarmed civilians by armed forces.
3. Pogroms against traditional “class enemies” by government-led perpetrators such as local security officers and militias.
4. Killings as part of political witch-hunts (a huge number of suspects of alleged conspiratorial groups were tortured to death during investigations.
5. Summary execution of captives, that is, disarmed prisoners from factional armed conflicts.
The most frequent forms of massacres were the first four types, which were all state-sponsored killings. The degree of brutality in the mass killings of the Cultural Revolution was very high. Usually, the victims perished only after first being humiliated, struggled, and then imprisoned for a long period of time.” Because the death toll is considered a Chinese “state secret,” no one knows for sure how many people died during the Cultural Revolution. Estimates by various scholars range from 500,000 to 8 million.
It not hard to see why Far Left Watch considers the Red Guards — which would like to see that horrific history repeated in the United States — to be a legitimate threat to public safety. Citizens can submit a tip about FLW’s investigation to the FBI.