Founder of neo-Nazi group arrested at Boston drag queen storytime protest
July 24 (UPI) — The founder of a neo-Nazi group and two other men have been arrested in Boston during a protest against a children’s drag queen storytime.
“On Saturday July 23, Loring Greenough House hosted Drag Queen Storytime. Parents and children were entertained with songs and book readings. All enjoyed the event,” Loring said. Greenough House, a historic home and event venue in Boston. in a report.
“Unfortunately, a group of masked neo-Nazis gathered right outside our fence to chant malicious and homophobic rhetoric. Protesting a drag queen event was a tool to gain attention. Any concern for the welfare children was absent.”
Masked members of the Nationalist Social Club wearing hats bearing their “131” symbol could be seen in WCVB-TV footage of the protest carrying a banner that read “Pedo Scum Off Our Streets”.
Christopher Hood, the 23-year-old founder of the group, was arrested when police broke up a fight between him and a counter-protester, WBZ-TV reported. The counter-protester, Seth Rosenau, 27, was also arrested and the two men were charged with fighting and disturbing the peace.
Tobias Walker, 21, was also arrested after hitting a car with a metal object and fleeing on a bicycle, police told WBZ-TV. He was charged with disorderly conduct, public disorder and attempted felony.
The Nationalist Social Club has been branded a neo-Nazi group by the Anti-Defamation League, which said the group ‘espouses racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance through the internet, propaganda distributions and use of graffiti “. The group is active in six New England states.
“NSC members see themselves as soldiers waging war against a hostile Jewish-controlled system that deliberately plots the extinction of the white race,” the hate group’s watchdog said.
“Their goal is to form an underground network of white men who are prepared to fight their perceived enemies with localized direct action.”
Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden condemned the protest in a statement, calling Boston “a turning point in the hate crusade launched five years ago in Charlottesville.”
“The presence of white supremacists reading a Jamaica Plain book today, like their march through downtown Boston earlier this month, is both a disgrace and a warning,” Hayden said in the communicated. “Society everywhere is being targeted by these groups, and society everywhere must reject them.”
Saturday’s incident came after more than 100 members of the white supremacist hate group known as the Patriot Front marched through downtown Boston over July 4 weekend and allegedly attacked a black man.
Members of the hate group could be seen carrying Patriot Front banners as well as shields with the group’s sticker affixed. Many flags bore the symbol of the political party of Benito Mussolini, the former Italian dictator who created fascism.
Patriot Front, founded in the wake of the deadly 2017 rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.