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An anti-fascist demonstrator jumps over a barricade during a free speech rally Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. Several thousand people converged in Berkeley Sunday for a "Rally Against Hate" in response to a planned right-wing protest that raised concerns of violence and triggered a massive police presence. Several people were arrested for violating rules against covering their faces or carrying items banned by authorities. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Far-right voices are warning of a #CivilWar2017 starting this Saturday


Several major players on the far-right are sounding the alarm about this Saturday, according to The Washington Post.

The Post on Wednesday reported that the Twitter tag #CivilWar2017 has emerged as a rallying cry online about the significance of Nov. 4.

Saturday marks the launch of a campaign by a left-leaning group to ultimately unseat President Trump’s administration.

Refuse Fascism is planning a series of rallies this Saturday that aim at starting a long-term, large-scale effort to oust Trump’s administration.

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“We formed this organization around two main points,” Andy Zee, one of the group’s organizers, said.

“One is that the nightmare must end, and second, in the name of humanity we must refuse to accept a fascist America,” he continued.

Zee said that Refuse Fascism is planning demonstrations in more than a dozen locations this Saturday, including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

The organizer added that the group hopes Saturday’s events will produce daily, sustained protests against Trump’s administration.

“[It’s so] every day there are tens of thousands of people protesting, creating a political crisis in the country with international repercussions, and where you do get a reaction from those in power that you have to do something about it,” Zee said of Refuse Fascism’s intentions.

“What we are trying to unleash is a process of continuous protest. We can’t wait for the other shoe to drop. We’ve been saying from the beginning with fascism, it can be too late.”

InfoWars in September published an article about the demonstrations titled “Antifa plans ‘civil war’ to overthrow the government.”

The John Birch Society, meanwhile, posted two YouTube videos last month warning Americans to “stay home and tell your children to do likewise” this Saturday.

LA Weekly reported in September that a small group of Refuse Fascism blocked traffic on Highway 101 in Los Angeles while holding signs reading, “NOV 4 IT BEGINS.”

The Post reported that the moment sparked online speculation about the date’s significance, and some on the far-right have tied it to Antifa, the left-leaning movement against fascism.

Zee told The Post, however, that online conspiracy theories about an oncoming “civil war” are baseless.

“It’s absurd,” he said. “Calling for a civil war? Pick a date for a civil war? Honestly, what do you say to this?”

“[We] uphold the legal right to self-defense, but we don’t initiate violence and we oppose violence,” Zee added of Refuse Fascism.

“We are not looking to get involved in that kind of situation. We are in the fight for hearts and minds of people to recognize the stakes.”

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