A small group of protesters (let’s call them “ANTIFA-lite”) held a demonstration Wednesday evening outside the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, ostensibly to protest the treatment of black and indigenous people by law enforcement and the government.
To quote their Facebook call to action:
“We are all anti-fascists. The criminalization of Antifa as a terrorist organization while the police unleash violence across America cannot be ignored. North America is built on the genocide and theft of land from Indigenous people and the forced labour and enslavement of African people. Come out and show solidarity to our comrades in the USA and all communities facing police violence and state repression. PPE and social distancing in effect!”
What unfolded was a terribly lame, often incoherent and downright boring protest in which the Antifa-lite members chanted such zingers as:
“1, 2, 3, 4, this is ****ing class war” and “5, 6, 7, 8, overthrow the racist state.”
But in the final analysis, I left the protest happy. After all, I’m very pleased when Antifa types hurl around vulgar rhyming couplets as opposed to bricks and Molotov cocktails.