A fascinating video of an Antifa Mob picking a target, going after him, and then some folks in the non-Antifa crowd “running interference” so the guy can escape attack. Filmed on a 360 Degree camera.
The narrator is in the film as well. He’s the one who gets between Antifa-with-knife and Blue-Cavalry-Hat-Bike and prevents the attack. Toward the end, another Antifa goes at a full run trying to catch up with Blue-Hat and instead runs full tilt into narrators camera monopod and goes down.
The narration is interesting a bit, but not necessary. In a couple of places he gives Antifa folks interesting names, like “Tele-tubby” for the one who looks like a fat Tele-tubby character, or brown jacket or… He also calls out a couple of “bottle thrown” where even on slow mo replay it just looks like a fast white blur near the camera. Other than that, it is just things like pointing out the Antifa Spotter who first approaches Blue-Hat and calls him a “Fascist”. Things you can see in the video if observant.
Watching this, several “uninvolved” folks from the crowd step in toward the middle-end as Blue-Hat is leaving and run protection from the rear (including the narrator in black clothes and some guy in green). What is unclear to me is IF this was a set up. Has the “Patriot” side adopted the tactic of embedding “under covers” with cameras who look like everyone else, while one “uniform” shows up who will become the target. Or was this an organic evolution?
Antifa clearly has assigned roles. A “Caller” who fingers a target. Folks who shout and taunt. Blockers who trap and prevent movement / escape. The “Reds” who do a “dive in, assault, melt away”. Pack Mob violence at its morally most evil.
So, OK, now it is clear you need some kind of face guard AND an impact / puncture resistant body cover. Like those motocross tops with the plastic shell. My MotorCycle Jacket has nice padding and abrasion resistance, but it isn’t shiv proof.
Per the Narrator, Antifa blocked the intersection (at the start) when it was supposed to be an open street. He claims there’s a young woman in the car ( I think he talks to her through the window giving assurances and asked the crowd to open a path out for her) but then Antifa blocks Blue-Hat from following on out. That’s the kind of “turn a corner find yourself trapped in a mob” that is the “scenario” I’m trying to prep for. IF I know where the mob is going, and when, I can just be somewhere else. It is the accidental “where the hell am I?” that’s the problem. It is also clear that The Antifa (Anti-First-Amendment) Mob works off of a Caller just fingering some guy who “looks wrong” (i.e. conservative), so any “white male” dressed like an old conservative guy is a potential target.
It is 16 minutes of 360 degree blow by blow that is a great tool for looking at the total context, the tactics, and seeing how things develop. My first conclusion is pretty simple: Just sitting or standing there unresponsive or inert is NOT sufficient to avoid being “Fingered” and called out as a “Fascist” and attacked. IF you find yourself after a wrong turn with Antifa Mobsters in front of you, immediately reverse course and get out. Flip a “U-ey”, put it in reverse, turn up an ally, whatever. Traffic laws need not apply when escape is essential. First and foremost “be somewhere else”.
My second observation is that there is a HUGE audience of Bloodlust Observers who do NOTHING to interfere with the violence. This presents the opportunity to look them over and figure out what it would take to “blend in”. Not useful if you are in a car, but if on foot, perhaps having a hoodie and “selfie stick” in a backpack would let you “transform” fairly quickly into “just another paparazzi” and melt away…
The event develops slowly enough, that if you DO have ‘escape now’ already figured out, then it is possible to get out safely. However, once “first contact” with the Antifa Mob happens, it is too late. They begin the encircle, entrap, attack cycle. Also, the first shot ( with ‘silly string’ in this case) looks to regularly be “to the eyes”, so some form of eye protection is essential, and perhaps with a backup set (so if one protective lens set is covered in “goop” you can swap to the second without taking cleaning time delay). So “one on, one in pocket”.
Then it is also quite clear that once “Fingered”, you ARE the target. Passive non-engagement does not help nor remove you from target status. Retreat does not remove you from target status (though it can reduce number of attackers near you and break the encirclement tactic) and it also opens you to “sneak attack” from behind, so maintain situational awareness. (Unlike Blue Hat, don’t just look straight ahead and walk away. He had NO Idea a guy with a shiv was about to stab him from rear right… Head on a swivel, folks, Eye contact seems to cause them to pause as they want a blind attack. Blue Hat could have used his bike as a shield to one quadrant, having it slightly behind and to the right would defend many attacks from that quadrant and then observing left rear / right rear / scan forward becomes a reasonable awareness pattern. Turning a potential kidney shiv into a potential forearm slash. That’s still an improvement. Wearing plastic arm guard motorcross gear under a light jacket along with leather long cuff motorcycle gloves would be enough arm / hand protection then.
Shiv-Guy develops very quickly. It is seconds between “hoodie in crowd” and “shiv in hand approaching”. You must scan every moment even if quietly leaving, and be prepared to establish your defensive space. Anyone inside a “striking range” perimeter IS a potentially lethal threat, given how Shiv-Guy has escalated things.
Having a screen of “undercovers” is VERY helpful. Once the Antifa Mob is focused on a target, they don’t seem to have much strategic flexibility. They tunnel vision in on that one target, ignoring the folks “running interference”. Was that lack of situational awareness? (Not realizing they were other-than-paparazzi) Was it lack of skill? In any case, it is useful (though depending on it is risky as eventually they might learn a new trick and shift focus).
The overall impression I get is very similar to the film of Chimpanzee Hunting Parties. Antifa is a Hunting Party out looking for “game”. They have in-group cohesion, ignore the “irrelevant stage dressing” of paparazzi and looky-Lou’s, and wait until they fixate on a target, then attack in a mob swarm assault.
How this can happen on the streets of America and NOT have them all in prison is beyond me. We don’t accept it from people in white hoods, why are we accepting it from people in black hoodies?
One final point: The evident tactics make it clear that ANY Antifa mobster is a strong and potential threat, even if (or perhaps especially if) they are just lurking at the edge of the mob while others do the taunting and blocking. They are the Reds with the weapons and doing the physical assaults. This means it is reasonable to “fear for your life” when they are inside striking distance. That, then, means preemptive debilitating defense is allowed. As I said once before “safeties are off”. This video confirms their tactics and confirms that the “non-violent” Black Hoodie is, in fact, the Red Attacker and a valid self defense target. So IFF there is NO other option, putting your back to a nice brick wall and then “taking out the threats” ought to be legal self defense. When faced, they tend not to attack (other than blinding goop assaults), so “turn, face, debilitate the attacker, move to the next one”.
The nice thing is they wear that nice uniform of all-black, mask, hoodie. You can easily map the threats and know who to take down.
I’d rather end up in the police station with full video on YouTube than the hospital (or morgue)…
I note that it is typically about 4 to 12 that are in the engagement mob and it looks like most of the time it’s about 4 to 6 with only a couple of them actually doing the assault (the others distracting, blocking, etc.) This means 2 or 3 folks with some martial arts skill AND awareness of their tactics can, in fact, effectively stop the attack and escape. Like Blue-Hat, Green Shirt, and Camera Guy. That was enough to escape. So, if possible and if anywhere where this kind of crap is allowed to happen (cough, Portland, cough, Chicago, cough, Baltimore, cough, Berkeley / San Francisco, cough, NYC..) it’s a good idea to take a buddy or two along; even if you are working as separate entities in the event (i.e. one or two as “undercovers” and if any one of you gets fingered as the “target”, the others work to block the swarm as though uninvolved…)