Fascist militias threaten officials, force shutdown of schools in Washington State

Three Vancouver, Washington public schools had been put into lockdown this previous Friday after roughly 50 Proud Boy militia members and anti-mask protesters tried to enter Skyview High School with a maskless scholar, in violation of public well being pointers. In addition to Skyview High School, Alki Middle School and Chinook Elementary had been positioned on excessive alert and locked down because of the fascist risk. Video recordings confirmed Proud Boys chanting “USA” whereas waving American flags and sporting their trademark yellow and black shirts, with the group’s motto “F–k Antifa” displayed on their chests. Despite members of the group being recorded massing on college grounds, in breech of the legislation, native police apparently made no try and disrupt the fascist rally and appeared to look on approvingly. As of this writing, no arrests have been reported and no fees have been filed.

In a report from Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), personal safety guards, who denied the Proud Boys entry into the college, stated some of the ladies aligned with the Proud Boys accosted feminine college students, calling them “derogatory names.”

Writing to OPB, Pat Nuzzo, a communications director for Vancouver Public Schools (VPS), stated the lockdown was instituted as a “security precaution.” VPS college board President Kyle Sproul advised OPB that the lockdown was wanted to make sure scholar security. Sproul added that “protesting at our college campuses and disrupting the college day just isn’t in the most effective pursuits of college students.”

Proud Boys attend a rally at Freedom Plaza, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

In addition to the Proud Boys, members of the far-right Patriot Prayer militia group additionally took half in the provocation at Skyview High School. The rally itself was organized on-line by Patriot Prayer chief Joey Gibson, who falsely claimed in on-line posts constructing for the occasion that college students who didn’t put on masks could be arrested in the event that they tried to go to high school.

This just isn’t the primary time far-right Patriot Prayer members have tried to enter restricted areas in order to violently pursue their agenda.

Last December, Gibson and fellow Patriot Prayer chief Chandler Pappas, in a prelude to the January 6 assault, lead a gaggle of roughly 100 as they stormed the Oregon state Capitol in Salem in an try and disrupt a particular legislative session.

While the Proud Boys had been joined by a couple of mother and father from different schools protesting the masks mandate, college students on the college organized an impromptu counter-protest in which they distributed masks and held up indicators supporting public well being measures geared toward containing the unfold of the coronavirus. A 16-year previous scholar named Lucas advised OPB, “All the educational will get disrupted. We have to take a seat down quietly, not make noise, and we had been hunkered down in our lecture rooms for round an hour to an hour-and-a-half.”

The very subsequent day, a gaggle of Proud Boys rallied roughly 100 miles north, in Olympia, Washington, in opposition to COVID-19 public well being restrictions. The group attacked counter-demonstrators and journalists, assaulting impartial journalist Alissa Azar. In a disturbing social media clip, Azar will be heard screaming as Proud Boys spray her with bear mace and shove her to the bottom.

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