Dartmouth Faculty Condemn College President’s Statement Over Antifa Comments

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Demonstrator Joey Gibson (second from left) is chased by anti-fascists 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)

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — More than 100 faculty members at Dartmouth College have condemned a statement by its president distancing the institution from comments by a professor who specializes in the anti-fascism movement.

Mark Bray, author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” has explained the movement in television interviews, saying many recognize self-defense as a legitimate response to white supremacist and neo-Nazi violence.

On Aug. 21, Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon wrote that Bray’s statements “supporting violent protest” don’t represent Dartmouth’s views.

The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/2iGJUy7) the faculty’s Aug. 23 letter said Bray’s comments didn’t violate Dartmouth’s free speech and academic freedom policies, and Hanlon’s statement takes distortions by others at face value.

The letter requests that the statement be removed. A college spokeswoman on Tuesday declined to comment beyond the statement.

Bray said he appreciates the letter.

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