Donald Trump has tweeted that anti-fascist group Antifa will be classed as a terrorist organisation in the United States.
The president had blamed the group over the violent protests and riots that erupted across the country last week in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody.
Speaking on Saturday, he said: “The memory of George Floyd is being dishonoured by rioters, looters and anarchists.
“The violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left wing groups who are terrorising the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses and burning down buildings.”
He later tweeted that the US will be designating the group as a “Terrorist Organization” but did not give details as to how or when he would make the classification.
Antifa is a group of left-wing activists that opposes Neo-Nazis, Neo-Fascism, white supremicists and racism.
It is not thought to have specific leaders and its anti-government and anti-capitalist members are often viewed as more closely aligned with anarchists than the mainstream left.
While some factions date their origins back to 1920s Europe, the movement became more prominent in the US following its confrontation of white supremacists at a rally in Charlottesville in 2017.
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