California’s ‘right-wing pride’ march hit by violent clashes with pro-LGBT counter-protesters

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Cops fire guns and pepper balls as California ‘straight pride’ marches past abortion clinic and clashes with pro-LGBT protesters

  • Self-confessed ‘racist group’ the National Straight Pride Coalition staged a march outside Modesto Planned Parenthood
  • Caravans of LGBTQ supporters and pro-choice advocates came out to protest the march
  • The two sides clashed, bottles were thrown, protest signs were used as clubs
  • A flash grenade or firecracker ignited a bush outside the abortion clinic
  • Modesto police in riot gear were pushed back against a wall of LGBTQ counter-protesters and fired pepper balls into the crowd

A ‘direct pride’ march held outside an abortion clinic in California descended into violence as participants clashed with counter-protesters and police.

The National Straight Pride Coalition billed the event as a celebration of “heterosexuality, masculinity, femininity, babies – born and unborn and hetero western civilisation, our wonderful country and Christianity”.

Founder Don Grundmann promised a calm organized march, telling the Modesto City Council in early August, “We are a peaceful group, we wanted to have a meeting. We are attacked as racists. We are a totally peaceful racist group.

But it quickly escalated into violence, as angry pro-LGBT rights groups clashed with officers deployed to maintain calm at the event.

Pro-life and LGBTQ counter-protesters clash with police at National Straight Pride Coalition march

Modesto police in riot gear tried to shell out a group of pro-live lawyers who had opposed the groups

Modesto police in riot gear tried to shell out a group of pro-live lawyers who had opposed ‘Straight Pride’ groups

Police used pepper balls fired from shotguns to repel an LGBTQ protester during Saturday's clash

Police used pepper balls fired from shotguns to repel an LGBTQ protester during Saturday’s clash

On Saturday morning at the corner of McHenry and West Orangeburg avenues, the group was joined by the friendly right-wing group the Proud Boys, who helped organize the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building.

A large contingent of LGBTQ and pro-choice counter-protesters who took offense to the message behind the march also showed up – and violence ensued.

Skirmishes broke out between the groups, with counter-protesters draped in rainbow capes and holding signs reading “Only the struggle won – Women’s rights”, “Fascists not welcome” and “Straight Pride is Hate Pride”.

LGBTQ protesters threw bottles and, in a heated clash, swung signs on sticks at Straight Pride members, pushing them from the clinic into the parking lot of a local Wendy’s.

A caravan of LGBTQ counter-protesters came from Sacramento, California to push back against the right-wing group

A caravan of LGBTQ counter-protesters came from Sacramento, California to push back against the right-wing group ‘Straight Pride’

Allies of the Proud Boys and

Proud Boys and ‘Straight Pride’ allies battled with biggest LGBTQ groups and got pushed back

During the march, a flash grenade or firecracker was lit and set a shrub on fire, filling the air with white smoke

During the march, a flash grenade or firecracker was lit and set a shrub on fire, filling the air with white smoke

A flash grenade or firecracker exploded, igniting the bush near the abortion clinic and filling the air with white smoke.

Police in riot gear – helmets, shields and batons – arrived to repel LGBTQ counter-protesters and disperse the groups.

There was a brief standoff in the Planned Parenthood Clinic parking lot during which a phalanx of police officers ran into a wall of LGBTQ protesters.

Police could be seen pointing shotguns armed with pepperballs – hard plastic projectiles – at the crowd and firing. Authorities led the counter-protesters back to a local parking lot where they split up.

“We have two armies to face when standing up for our rights: we have to face the cops attacking us and we are about to have a second wave of right-wing extremists. We are afraid they will attack us as well,” said Odette Zapata, who came from Sacramento as part of a caravan against the Straight Pride Coalition march. Modest Bee.

Police told the newspaper that three people had been arrested in the violence, two members of the Proud Boys and an LGBTQ counter-protester for non-payment.

Police are seen here pointing a shotgun loaded with pepper balls at the LGBTQ group that had formed in the parking lot of the Planned Parenthood Clinic

Police are seen here pointing a shotgun loaded with pepper balls at the LGBTQ group that had formed in the parking lot of the Planned Parenthood Clinic

Protesters wore rainbow-colored capes and carried signs denouncing racism and fascism

Protesters wore rainbow-colored capes and carried signs denouncing racism and fascism

Police, seen here, eventually cleared protesters from Planned Parenthood Clinic parking lot

Police, seen here, eventually cleared protesters from Planned Parenthood Clinic parking lot

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