Violence At CA Proud Boys/Straight Pride Rally [VIDEO]

The Modesto Bee reports:

Modesto’s third straight pride rally was preceded Saturday morning with an anti-hate event and ended when a fight led to disbursement, road closures and two arrests. About 100 people gathered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Roosevelt Park for a Modesto Stands Against Hate event. It was put on by multiple organizations including MoPride and Stanislaus DSA to affirm the LGBTQ+ community and speak out against the Straight Pride Coalition.

Proud Boys, a conservative pastor and other extreme right-wing supporters stood in front of the building and nearby street corners while a small group of counter-protesters stood across the street from them. They stayed mostly away from each other for the first hour, but sometime after 1 p.m., the two sides clashed. Modesto Police was called to the scene where a fight had broken out and someone had sprayed bear spray, police spokesperson Sharon Bear said.

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The “grand marshal” of the rally, once again, was far-right preacher Jesse Lee Peterson, who has recently argued that woman should not be educated or allowed to hold jobs. For my many previous posts about him, click here. Last year’s event was organized by local political gadfly and white nationalist Don Grundman.