FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 30, 2017
VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM ORG LAUNCHES PETITIONS TO LIST ANTIFA AS TERRORISTS
Washington, DC – The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) has started a petition calling upon the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to officially designate certain groups affiliated with the Antifa movement as domestic terrorist organizations.
VOC Executive Director Marion Smith offered the following statement:
“Some Antifa groups have taken opposition to our democratic system to an unprecedented level, escalating ‘resistance’ to violence against their opponents and bystanders alike. Using violence to create fear in pursuit of political aims is the textbook definition of terrorism and we, the American people, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security should recognize them as such. It is misguided to believe these groups care about peaceful dialogue. Physical violence and speech-silencing tactics are the tools of the despotic communist regimes of the Cold War and those that still exist in places like Venezuela and Cuba.”
“In America, free speech is a sacrosanct and inalienable right. We must no longer provide these groups, or any political groups that are explicitly opposed to our constitutional rights, with the space to harm citizens and damage American democracy.”
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington-based, non-profit educational and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes. VOC was authorized by an unanimous act of Congress on December 17, 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton.
To request an interview with Marion Smith, please contact Frank Schembari at [email protected].