FLASHBACK: Austin Antifa Group Calls for the Creation of a Red Army to Annihilate Conservatives
In a post on their Facebook account, this extremist group stated the following
We encourage the formation of paramilitary organizations on two levels. The first being those who are mainly unarmed but are prepared and trained to carry out fist fighting or using blunt weapons like axe handles or flagpoles as well as shields and basic armoring. The second level is the more advanced embryo of a Red Army, which is trained militarily and operates as soldiers all the time, engaging in production and mass work among the proletariat and the oppressed nation’s people.
They then pushed for “physical confrontation” against anyone they believe is a fascist:
It is time for Austin to stand up, to shake off bad leadership trying to impose itself on antifascism and come together under a better model of actual resistance and not token performance. When we organize and lead actions the fascists do not march every step they take is met with physical confrontation and they are bombarded from all sides.
They even said that they are prepared to “annihilate” people they deem as “fascists” or “collaborators”:
On the basis of our principled united front work, fascists and their collaborators can be drowned out, run out, routed, beaten bloody, and even annihilated. These are our principles and we aim to hold them to the very finish.
This group has previously called for “revolutionary violence” and “armed resistance.”
Similar to other antifa groups, Red Guards Austin relies on social media to recruit and mobilize other far-left activists.
This group currently has over 8,000 followers. Like Antifa groups in Portland, the Red Guards been allowed to operate with impunity thanks to political leadership and a social media cabal that favors protecting the left and its most radical elements.
Without any kind of action taken against these groups, they will continue to grow and carry out violent acts against right wing activists and anyone who criticizes their tactics.