3 people arrested at Neo-Nazi protest during drag queen story hour in Boston to appear in court

The founder of a Neo-Nazi group and two others arrested in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston during an LGBTQ meeting are facing charges Monday.Chris Hood, the founder of National Socialist Club or NSC-131 and two counter protesters were arrested Saturday at a drag queen story hour event at the Loring Greenough House. Supporters of the counter protesters gathered outside Wes Roxbury District court before the arraignment. A group of man who appear to be NSC-131 members stomp and kick one protester as he is on the ground. The three people are scheduled to face a disturbing the peace charge.On Saturday, Richie Cadet was nearby coordinating a campaign door knock event near the Loring Greenough House. She documented the protest that had a group of people marching and chanting, “Pedo scum. Off our streets,” as they unfurled a banner containing the same words.”It turned out they were calling people within the LGBTQ community pedophiles,” Cadet said. “They definitely were saying certain words that should never be said about anybody.” The names of the other two people who were arrested were not immediately released. “It’s no coincidence that these cowardly groups from outside our city continue to target Boston as we showcase how representative leadership, empowered communities, and bold policies can have immediate impact. We are prepared and will not be intimidated in our work to make Boston a city for everyone. We remain ready for citywide deployment of extra public safety resources with a zero tolerance approach to any groups looking to intimidate or harass residents in our city,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said in a statement.The National Socialist Club is considered a neo-Nazi group by the Anti-Defamation League. They said Hood founded the group in Massachusetts in 2019.”Unfortunately, a group of masked neo-Nazis gathered just outside our fence to chant malicious and homophobic rhetoric. The protest of a Drag Queen event was a tool to gain attention. Any concern for the well-being of children was absent,” the Loring Greenough House said in a statement. The group has chapters in all six New England States. They say their goal is to create a network of white men, who are willing to fight against the extinction of their race. “No one wants you here, and if you are here, people will respect your First Amendment rights,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “The minute you start to engage in any activity that’s deemed to be violent, inappropriate, or hateful, people are going to stand up and get rid of you.”NAACP Boston President Tanisha Sullivan said incidents like the one in Boston on Saturday are becoming all too familiar. “What has to be clear is that they are not going to stop unless and until we have a very specific plan to help prevent them from coming into the city,” Sullivan said.During the Fourth of July weekend, dozens of individuals apparently affiliated with the hate group Patriot Front strode through the city with their faces hidden by white coverings.The group was wearing shirts that read: “Reclaim America.” According to the Anti-Defamation League, that phrase became associated with Patriot Front after the group split from the openly anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi Vanguard America. Charles Murrell, a Black artist, told police he was assaulted by members of the group near Copley Square after asking them to stop and they pushed back. The confrontation was caught on camera by a newspaper photographer and police said that Murrell suffered cuts to his head, eyebrow and one finger, and was transported to Boston Medical Center to be treated.

The founder of a Neo-Nazi group and two others arrested in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston during an LGBTQ meeting are facing charges Monday.

Chris Hood, the founder of National Socialist Club or NSC-131 and two counter protesters were arrested Saturday at a drag queen story hour event at the Loring Greenough House.

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Supporters of the counter protesters gathered outside Wes Roxbury District court before the arraignment. A group of man who appear to be NSC-131 members stomp and kick one protester as he is on the ground.

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The three people are scheduled to face a disturbing the peace charge.

On Saturday, Richie Cadet was nearby coordinating a campaign door knock event near the Loring Greenough House. She documented the protest that had a group of people marching and chanting, “Pedo scum. Off our streets,” as they unfurled a banner containing the same words.

“It turned out they were calling people within the LGBTQ community pedophiles,” Cadet said. “They definitely were saying certain words that should never be said about anybody.”

The names of the other two people who were arrested were not immediately released.

“It’s no coincidence that these cowardly groups from outside our city continue to target Boston as we showcase how representative leadership, empowered communities, and bold policies can have immediate impact. We are prepared and will not be intimidated in our work to make Boston a city for everyone. We remain ready for citywide deployment of extra public safety resources with a zero tolerance approach to any groups looking to intimidate or harass residents in our city,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said in a statement.

The National Socialist Club is considered a neo-Nazi group by the Anti-Defamation League. They said Hood founded the group in Massachusetts in 2019.

“Unfortunately, a group of masked neo-Nazis gathered just outside our fence to chant malicious and homophobic rhetoric. The protest of a Drag Queen event was a tool to gain attention. Any concern for the well-being of children was absent,” the Loring Greenough House said in a statement.

The group has chapters in all six New England States. They say their goal is to create a network of white men, who are willing to fight against the extinction of their race.

“No one wants you here, and if you are here, people will respect your First Amendment rights,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “The minute you start to engage in any activity that’s deemed to be violent, inappropriate, or hateful, people are going to stand up and get rid of you.”

NAACP Boston President Tanisha Sullivan said incidents like the one in Boston on Saturday are becoming all too familiar.

“What has to be clear is that they are not going to stop unless and until we have a very specific plan to help prevent them from coming into the city,” Sullivan said.

During the Fourth of July weekend, dozens of individuals apparently affiliated with the hate group Patriot Front strode through the city with their faces hidden by white coverings.

The group was wearing shirts that read: “Reclaim America.” According to the Anti-Defamation League, that phrase became associated with Patriot Front after the group split from the openly anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi Vanguard America.

Charles Murrell, a Black artist, told police he was assaulted by members of the group near Copley Square after asking them to stop and they pushed back. The confrontation was caught on camera by a newspaper photographer and police said that Murrell suffered cuts to his head, eyebrow and one finger, and was transported to Boston Medical Center to be treated.

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