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Idaho police arrest dozens suspected of conspiring to riot at gay pride event


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Dozens of masked men believed to be linked to a white nationalist group were arrested near a Pride event in Idaho on Saturday after they were found crammed into the back of a U-Haul truck.

Couer d’Alene Police confirmed at a media briefing that 31 people from various states were inside the U-Haul after it was pulled over by local and state police. ‘Idaho several blocks away from the Pride event on Saturday afternoon.

The several dozen men inside the truck wore khakis, navy shirts and tan hats with white balaclavas covering their faces and police say some of them wore patches that identified with the Patriot Front, a white supremacist group, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

The men had what appeared to be a homemade riot shield and protective gear, KTVB reported. It is not immediately clear why the truck was stopped.

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Members of the right-wing group Patriot Front cross the Memorial Bridge in front of the Lincoln Memorial on December 4, 2021
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Videos of the arrest posted on social media show the men kneeling on the grass with their hands tied behind their backs.

“Reclaim America” ​​was written on the back of a shirt.

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Dozens of police surrounded the group and they were taken one by one into patrol cars, where their masks, hats and sunglasses were removed. They were then taken to a police van.

Idaho police arrest dozens suspected of conspiring to riot at gay pride event

People take part in the Inaugural WeHo Pride Parade in West Hollywood, Calif. on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
(AP)

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said the 31 people were charged with conspiracy to riot.

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“They came to riot downtown,” Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said at a news conference.

Idaho police arrest dozens suspected of conspiring to riot at gay pride event

Members of the right-wing group, the Patriot Front
(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

White added that the police were tipped off by a civilian and not by a law enforcement informant within the Patriot Front, as some had claimed on social media.

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Idaho State Police did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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