Antifa leader to plead ‘not guilty’ to assault, rioting

Antifa leader to plead ‘not guilty’ to assault, rioting
Yvonne Falarca (Image: Police photo)

[Ed. –Her attorney argues that people shouldn’t be jailed for standing up to the rise of fascism,]

Prominent Berkeley Antifa leader and school teacher Yvette Felarca announced that she will plead not guilty to assault, rioting, and incitement charges at an upcoming November 8 hearing.

As a senior leader of the “Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, & Immigrant Rights, and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary,” or BAMN, Felarca has been a leading organizer of Antifa demonstrations in the area that have often turned violent.

Police have arrested Felarca twice this year, once in relation to a 2016 Sacramento riot where she was caught punching a peaceful protester on video. The authorities charged the activist with assault and inciting a riot before releasing her on bail.

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Felarca’s second arrest came during a September 2017 “Victory March” march in Berkeley, where she was charged with “battery and resisting arrest” after a scuffle with counter protesters.

According to The Daily Californian, a judge agreed Wednesday to postpone Felarca’s arraignment hearing until November 8, granting the defense additional time to review the prosecutor’s’ evidence.

Felarca, meanwhile, stated that she will plead “not guilty” to all charges, the publication reported.

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