VIDEO: 16 Antifa Protesters Arrested At Blue Lives Matter March

Around 16 of the 75 Antifa protesters who showed up at a Blue Lives Matter event were arrested.

Philadelphia, PA There were 16 antifa-associated people arrested at a counter protest to a Blue Lives Matter march on Saturday.

The march was not directly affiliated with the Blue Lives Matter organization.

The Blue Lives Matter event was started on a Facebook group called Sports Beer & Politics II, according to the Wilmington News-Journal.

The Facebook promotion stated, We dont condone the use of violence by any party in attendance at this event. This event is to honor active, retired and fallen police officers, any violence, racism, or display of hate by any group or individual is extremely prohibited. Any group or party violating these conditions will be removed from this permitted event immediately.

Among the speakers at the event was Billy Ciancaglini, the Republican mayoral candidate for the city of Philadelphia.

At about 11:30 a.m., around 75 antifa showed up to protest the 20 people at the pro-police march.

The Philadelphia Police Department arrested the counter protesters for fighting police officers, according to WCAU-TV.

Nine of the 16 arrested were issued citations for failure to disperse and several were charged with disorderly conduct, WCAU reported.

The antifa protesters accused the Blue Lives Matter march of supporting Nazis, police brutality and the alt-right, according to WCAU.

This march represents the creep of ultra right wing politics into our communities, one of the organizers of the counter-protest march wrote, according to WCAU. We refuse to let that happen. We refused to allow the belittling and oppression of our friends, neighbors and community, and refuse to give the alt right a platform. They are hiding their despicable politics behind fake respectability and need for someone to call them out.

Blue Lives Matter co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Christopher Berg said that antifa are just domestic terrorists who make up excuses to attack innocent people.

"Blue Lives Matter believes in racial equality and diversity, and strongly condemns any form of white supremacy or Nazi-ism," Berg said. "While the march wasn't directly affiliated with Blue Lives Matter, I didn't see any Nazis in the march video."

"Your typical antifa is somebody who wants to go 100% all-out to fight against people with different political opinions, and in their sheltered worldview, they think that means violence," he said. "My toddler used to do the same thing, then he realized that throwing violent temper-tantrums didn't accomplish anything."

Both demonstrations happened at the same time but the two groups did not interact, according to police.

You can see arrests of the antifa in the videos below (scroll down for more):

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Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Antifa members should have a bounty on their heads.

angeleyes
angeleyes

not that they care, but, ha serves you right. Just wondering though...20 Thin Blue Line supporters, but 75 Antifia? Really? it should have at least been the other way around. this is partly why the country is like it is. LEO supporters seemed to be the silent minority instead of the loud majority. except when it comes to social media, but not even that is directed where it needs to go to make a difference. Sad, sad, sad. Stay strong, stay safe.

Sailor
Sailor

I particularly do not want these antifa terrorists having any visibility at all. They are the true fascists in the finest traditions of the Brown shirt gangs that helped Hitler into power on Germany through terrorism. I contend that antifa's masked, hooded garb, weapons-carrying, and violence at these events is adequate for ccw Americans to defend themselves as they see fit.

Grog
Grog

If there is an "alt-right," Antifa is it. Alt-right is equated with Nazis and it is Antifa who are acting like the Nazis. They are the Nazis. They are not "counter-protestors." They are a mob of thugs that need to be taken out with the rest of the garbage!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

I would like to see a "Line-up" of those arrested with their names and faces exposed in the newspaper and TV news for all the world to see who these cowards are who run around with faces covered. If they were on the "up and up" there would be no need to cover their faces. Instead they have to try to hide their identities and shame. There should have been no citations issued. They should have gone directly to jail.