Anti-Lockdown Rallies Are Providing an Opening for the Proud Boys and Other Far-Right Extremists - 2020-04-27

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F0.png Anti-Lockdown Rallies Are Providing an Opening for the Proud Boys and Other Far-Right Extremists April 27, 2020, Cassie Miller, Southern Poverty Law Center

The hate group appeared at a rally in Ohio on April 14. In the days that followed, their members attended demonstrations in Michigan, Colorado, Nevada and Florida. On April 20, in the midst of growing anti-Asian bigotry and conspiratorial accusations that the novel coronavirus was manufactured in a Chinese laboratory, members of the Vice City Proud Boys demonstrated outside of Miami City Hall with a banner that read "Fuck the Chinese Government."

For nearly four years, the Proud Boys have used Trump rallies and street marches – frequently punctuated by premeditated outbursts of violence – to draw attention to their brand of far-right "Western chauvinism." In the process, they have won the admiration of extremists and, in some cases, been embraced by more mainstream branches of the right wing.


Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio holds a megaphone during a rally at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Aug. 17, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by John Rudoff/AFP via Getty Images)

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