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[WATCH] A U-Haul Full of Nazis: 31 Members of Patriot Front Arrested at Idaho Pride Event

[WATCH] A U-Haul Full of Nazis: 31 Members of Patriot Front Arrested at Idaho Pride Event

Police arrested 31 members of the white nationalist organization known as Patriot Front near a Pride in the Park event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Saturday. The men, who were all charged with conspiracy to riot, were packed into a U-Haul truck and detained a short distance away from the Pride event, which was being held at a public park. Videos from the event show police ripping masks from the faces of the men, all but one of whom traveled from out of state to specifically attend this event during Pride Month.

The Pride in the Park gathering, which drew LGBTQ community members and supporters from all across Northern Idaho, was celebrating its first and largest in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic while anti-LGBTQ events took place nearby, including an “America First” rally led by a self-identifying Christian nationalist. A motorcycle riding club event also encouraged its members and attendees to “gather with firearms” and “take a stand” against the Pride gathering.

Local authorities said they were alerted to the group by “a concerned citizen” who called to report seeing approximately 20 men jump into a U-Haul truck at a hotel parking lot wearing masks, carrying shields and that they “looked like a little army,” said Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White.

“It is clear to us based on the gear that the individuals had with them, the stuff they had in their possession and in the U-Haul with them, along with paperwork that was seized from them, that they came to riot downtown,” Chief White said. Idaho does not require a permit or license to open carry firearms.

Police found at least one smoke grenade in the truck, Chief White said, and paperwork that appeared to show a master plan to riot both at the Pride event and along the main commercial strip of downtown Coeur d’Alene.

The men, who traveled from at least 10 outside states, are expected to be arraigned Monday on the misdemeanor count.

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