3 ar­rested in clashes af­ter speech by far-right leader

The Citizens' Voice - - NATION -

NEW YORK — Three peo­ple were ar­rested in New York City fol­low­ing vi­o­lent clashes af­ter a speech by the founder of a far­right group, and po­lice said Sat­ur­day they were re­view­ing video of the clashes and could make ad­di­tional ar­rests.

The vi­o­lence Fri­day night fol­lowed a speech by Gavin Mcinnes, the founder of the Proud Boys, at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­pub­li­can Club. The male-only Proud Boys de­scribe them­selves as “western chau­vin­ists.”

Videos posted on Youtube show clashes be­tween the Proud Boys and groups that were protest­ing Mcinnes’ speech. No se­ri­ous in­juries were re­ported.

The three ar­rested face as­sault charges and are await­ing ar­raign­ment Sat­ur­day in Man­hat­tan crim­i­nal court. Po­lice spokesman J. Peter Don­ald said the de­part­ment was re­view­ing video and would make other ar­rests as war­ranted.

Sev­eral elected of­fi­cials ex­pressed out­rage over the vi­o­lence and blamed the Proud Boys, which has been des­ig­nated as a hate group by the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter.

“Au­thor­i­ties must re­view these videos im­me­di­ately and make ar­rests and pros­e­cute as ap­pro­pri­ate,” Gov. An­drew Cuomo, a Demo­crat, said. “Hate can­not and will not be tol­er­ated in New York.”

New York City Pub­lic Ad­vo­cate Leti­tia James, a Demo­crat who is run­ning for state at­tor­ney gen­eral, said, “I am dis­turbed and disgusted by the videos I’ve seen of mem­bers of the neo-fas­cist, white su­prem­a­cist Proud Boys group en­gag­ing in hate-fu­eled mob vi­o­lence on the streets of New York City.”

The Re­pub­li­can club was van­dal­ized ahead of Fri­day’s speech by Mcinnes, who is also a co-founder of Vice Me­dia. Statewide Re­pub­li­can of­fi­cials said the dam­age in­cluded smashed win­dows, a spray­painted door and a key­pad lock cov­ered in glue. A note left at the scene claimed that the dam­age was “just the be­gin­ning.”

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