The 'Boogaloo Bois' Are Bringing Their AR-15s and Civil War Ideology to the Lockdown Protests - 2020-05-08
The younger, shitposting face of the armed far-right — often called "boogaloo bois" — have been showing up at anti-lockdown protests across the U.S., toting their AR-style rifles and wearing their trademark Hawaiian shirts and leis.
It's a troubling sign that the far-right "boogaloo" meme, used to refer to or even incite an impending civil war or violent anti-government rebellion, is now spilling out into the real world.
On Monday, a group of heavily armed men — including at least one with links to the boogaloo movement — were arrested following a tense standoff with SWAT outside Big Daddy Zane's Bar in West Odessa, Texas. The men claimed they were protecting the bar, whose owner was defying Texas' lockdown orders by remaining open. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott loosened some restrictions on businesses in recent weeks, but bars remain shuttered.