A group of racist were uncontrollably irate after finding out that twin brothers did not support fascists.
On Feb. 11 twin brothers were beaten and threatened with a knife in Manhattan by a group of neo-Nazis who were angered that one of the men had an anti-fascist (or Antifa) sticker on his phone case reported The NY Post.
The brothers, 27 year old graduate students at Columbia University, said they noticed a group of skinheads in one of their regular bars. When they decided to leave about 12:30 a.m., the brothers were confronted by a group of people smoking outside the bar, one of whom noticed a “New York City Anti-Fascists” sticker on one of their phones.
“One of the guys … sees [my brother’s] phone, grabs it and starts screaming, ‘I know what the f— that means, I know what the f— that sticker is, you need to get the f— out of here,’” the victim recounted. He added, “He throws the phone on the ground and they just start jumping us right in front of the bar.”
The Post reports on the details of the assault:
The brothers were pummeled by about six or seven men — some who were using brass knuckles — and dressed in matching vests with “211 Crew” patches, a white supremacy gang, police said. The brothers tried to run away from their attackers but were chased down Essex Street and then Hester Street before the group caught up to them and continued the beating, cops said.
“One of the guys pulled a knife on my brother first and starts slashing at him. Then the guy with the knife starts coming over to me … His buddy grabs him and I guess at that point they all decide to run off.”
Officers in an undercover police car that happened to be driving by spotted the two bloodied men standing on the sidewalk while trying to call 911 and asked them what was going on.
They were able to point out one of the suspects lingering around the scene and police quickly grabbed him.
He was identified as 29-year-old John Young and was charged with assault, grand larceny, menacing, criminal mischief and possession of a weapon, cops said.
There have been several clashes between white supremacists and Antifa in the 3 weeks since Trump has taken office. Antifa groups vow to silence the mainstreaming of white supremacist groups by all means necessary.
The Antifa movement has been gaining momentum in the wake of Trump’s election. Many are concerned that his hate speech and open bigotry will continue to empower racists to commit more violent hate crimes.
For ideas on how to start or join an antifa group to help defend against violent bigots, check out this article.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)