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‘Straight Pride’ thugs battled activists outside Planned Parenthood

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Supporters of “straight pride” clashed with counter-protesters alongside Planned Parenthood in California. (Courtesy of Daryle Lamont Jenkins)

A “straight pride” event turned violent when protesters and counter-protesters clashed outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Modesto, California on Saturday.

The roughly 30 “straight pride” supporters clashed with more than 100 counter-protesters outside Planned Parenthood, leading to some fights, according to reports. The modest bee other The Guardians. In a video posted on social media, a bush appears to catch fire after an apparent smoke bomb was detonated.

The group behind the “straight pride” event, the National Straight Pride Coalition, bills itself as a Christian group fighting, among other things, against LGBTQ+ rights forces and abortion rights. On its website, the group reserves particular anger for Planned Parenthood, which it accuses of perpetuating the mass murder of Black people:a common narrative among anti-abortion activistswhose the far right fringe also claims simultaneously that abortion leads to genocide of whites.

The “straight pride” event was technically scheduled to start at noon, but counter-protesters showed up first, a police spokesman said. saying Los Angeles Times. They carried signs advocating for LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, The modest bee informed. One she told the newspaper that she came forward to combat “the rise of white supremacy and hate in our country.”

Around 11:30 a.m. local time, the Modesto Police Department warned on Facebook of an “illegal assembly of protesters” and closed a local street.

Police in tactical gear used bean bag guns and fired pepper spray bullets at the groups, The modest bee informed. Two people were injured and four detained, although three were finally arrested on Saturday for “failing to disperse”, a police spokesman said. the bee.

“They came at us with batons, they prodded us, they beat the shit out of us [sic],” a counter-protester told the newspaper between gasps.

In the middle of the afternoon, the police department announced that the street was open again.

“The crowds demonstrating in favor of opposition groups have dispersed,” police said.

On Saturday, a member of the Modesto City Council chris ricci condemned the event.

“The hateful bile of straight pride is a disgrace and today’s event is a black mark on our community,” he tweeted.

This is not the first event organized by the National Straight Pride Coalition. In 2019, the man behind the group tried to defend a similar “straight pride” event for that year by telling the Modesto city council that his organization was a “totally peaceful racist group.”

“You attacked us as ‘racist’. You drew the race card to launch attacks on us, to justify the attacks on us in that park, and when they come you will turn around and say we deserved it,” Don Grundmann said, in a statement. video posted by The modest bee at the time. “We have not done anything. We are a totally peaceful racist group.”


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