Police foil ‘far-right riot’ at Pride event – Reuters


31 Patriot Front members found crammed into U-Haul truck near Idaho Pride event

Authorities in Coeur d’Alene, northwest Idaho, announced they had prevented a mass unrest on Saturday, following a tip from a concerned citizen who informed them of a truck full of masked armed thugs looking “Like a small army.”

A suspicious U-Haul truck was pulled over not far from Coeur d’Alene City Park, where a Pride event was taking place on Saturday afternoon. Inside, police found a group of men wearing khakis, navy shirts, balaclavas and similar hats – with arm patches and logos identifying them as members of the extreme organization right Patriot Front.

Video posted to social media shows masked men standing inside the truck as police roll up the door. Other footage showed them kneeling on the grass with their hands tied behind their backs as police arrested the group.

β€œThey came to riot downtown,” Police Chief Lee White said at a Saturday afternoon news conference.

Inside the truck, police also reportedly found riot gear, including shin guards and shields, at least one smoke grenade and a document allegedly detailing their “plan of operations”.

The suspects came from at least 11 different states and have all been charged with conspiracy to riot, with additional charges possible at Monday’s arraignment, authorities said.

The Patriot Front split from Vanguard America in 2017 when a man allegedly affiliated with the group rammed his vehicle into a group of counter-protesters at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., killing a woman and injuring others. dozens more. The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center describe the Patriot Front as a racist and neo-fascist hate group, which, among other things, advocates the preservation of the racial purity of white Americans and the dismantling of the “dysfunctional American democratic system.β€œTo date, the group’s main areas of activity have been spreading its messages, online and on the streets, as well as organizing marches and staging flash mobs.

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