The media has very little credibility for me in America sadly. So with anything I form an opinion on I did either first hand research, or rely on more scholarly sources (the latter being rare on anything political).
In the case of ANTIFA I heard two opposite stories from the left and the right, so I went to rallies around the world and tried to observe for myself to decide.
What I saw: At more than half of the protests I went to if Antifa was present then they either engaged in violence or threatened to do so (where I personally witnessed it). Now keep in mind this was more than a year ago at this point.
What I can also say is that the right occasionally used violence to, but it was very rare, in fact I only witnessed that once.
So I can say, from my own experience, that Antifa use violence as a primary means to attack anyone they accused of being a Nazi, which most of the time, they were not, simply conservative.
Here's the incident I was recalling.
And the militias came next day, armed to the tooth. See photos here: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=charlottesville+militia+photos&qpvt=charlotsville+militia+photos
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