A “straight pride” parade in a California The abortion clinic plunged into violence as participants clashed with counter-protesters and police.
The National Heterosexual Pride Coalition touted the event as “heterosexuality, masculinity, femininity, babies—born and unborn and Western heterosexual civilization, our wonderful country, and Christianity.”
Founder Don Grundman, who promised a calm and organized march, told Modesto City Council in early August: “We are a peaceful group and we want to meet. We are being attacked as racists. We are a completely peaceful racist group.
But it quickly turned violent as angry pro-LGBT rights groups clashed with officials deployed to keep calm at the event.
Pro-Life and LGBTQ counter-protesters clash with police during National Straight Pride March
Modesto police in riot gear try to fund a group of pro-field advocates against ‘Straight Pride’ group
Police use pepper balls fired from shotguns to repel LGBTQ protesters during Saturday’s clashes
On Saturday morning at the corner of McHenry Avenue and West Orangeburg Avenue, the group joined the Proud Boys, a sympathetic right-wing group that helped organize the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
A large group of LGBTQ and pro-choice counter-protesters who opposed the message behind the march also showed up – and violence ensued.
Skirmishes erupted between groups, with opposition protesters clad in rainbow-coloured capes and holding placards that read “Only a fight can be won – women’s rights”, “Fascists are not welcome” and “Direct Pride is the pride of hatred.”
LGBTQ protesters threw bottles and waved signs on sticks at Straight Pride members in a violent clash, driving them from the clinic back to the parking lot of their local Wendy’s.
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During the march, a flash grenade or firecracker was ignited, igniting the bushes and the air was filled with white smoke
A flash grenade or firecracker went off, igniting bushes near the abortion clinic, filling the air with white smoke.
Police in riot gear – helmets, shields and batons – arrived to disperse LGBTQ counter-protesters and disperse the groups.
There was a brief stand-off in the parking lot of a Planned Parenthood clinic, with a line of police crowding a wall of LGBTQ protesters.
Police can be seen pointing and firing shotguns loaded with pepper balls (hard plastic pellets) at the crowd. Authorities chased the counter-protesters back to a local parking lot, where they parted ways.
“As we defend our rights, we have two armies to fight: We have to deal with the police who attack us, and we are about to have a second wave of right-wing extremists. We also fear that they will attack us,” from Sacramento Odette Zapata of Modesto Bee.
Police told the paper that three people were arrested in the violence, with two Proud Boys members and an LGBTQ counter-protester arrested for failing to pay.
Here, police can be seen pointing a shotgun with a pepper ball at an LGBTQ group that formed in a Planned Parenthood clinic parking lot
Protesters wore rainbow-colored capes and held signs denouncing racism and fascism
Police seen here eventually drive protesters out of Planned Parenthood clinic parking lot