White Supremacist march through Philadelphia

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A man wearing a shirt featuring a PATRIOT FRONT patch sits quietly on the ground after Philadelphia police stoped several Penske box trucks on Columbus Blvd at Race St. in Phila., Pa. shortly before midnight on July 3, 2021. A group of protesters, possibly associated with the white supremacist group Patriot Front, demonstrated in Center City then marched thru Olde City and finally Penns Landing where they attempted to leave in Penske box trucks. The trucks were stopped by police on Columbus Blvd. and when officers opened the rear doors they discovered the protesters inside. The men had their hands up as they exited the trucks, all were searched and eventually released.

Demonstrators were dressed in tan pants and black shirts with face coverings. Several members carried flags and chanted “reclaim America” and “the election was stolen,” according to police.

Demonstrators and onlookers engaged in physical and verbal confrontations during the march, police said. No injuries or arrests were reported.

Philadelphia police said the group dispersed under the cover of a “smoke bomb.”

Bystanders watch as members of the Patriot Front, a white supremacist group, walk down Delaware Ave., after being detained by police, July 03, 2021. The Patriot Front marched down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, around City Hall, and through Old City.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Patriot Front (PF) is a white nationalist hate group that formed in the aftermath of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, of August 12, 2017.”

In a statement sent to FOX 29, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he is “personally appalled and disgusted these groups chose Philadelphia as the place to demonstrate their open hatred.”

Kenney’s full statement on Patriot Front’s demonstration reads as follows:

“Let me be very clear: Patriot Front is a group that openly advocates for White supremacy. White supremacy and racism are among the greatest scourges this country has faced since its founding. While we respect everyone’s right to exercise free speech, our administration stands against everything these groups represent. I’m personally appalled and disgusted these groups chose Philadelphia as the place to demonstrate their open hatred. Racism, intolerance, and hate have no place in Philadelphia. We’re monitoring the situation very closely, and the Police Department and other public safety agencies are coordinating to ensure a safe Fourth of July holiday in Philadelphia.”

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