In the last hour, Patriot Front organized a peaceful march in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was a march of around fifty to one hundred people, consisting of holding American Flags and displaying a banner with their rallying cry “Reclaim America” inscribed on it. They chanted ‘Who loves America? We love America.’, but this expression of nationalism and free speech was apparently unacceptable in the eyes of Philadelphia’s governing body. They were verbally assaulted by hecklers and people attempted to engage in violence against them, which is unsurprising in a leftist city, but it did not take long at all before nearly every single police unit in the city in Philadelphia was called to the scene.
A SWAT team, bomb squad, and K9 units were all reportedly called to the scene as well. Every member detained was searched, in addition, their vehicles were thoroughly searched by police. All of this because a small number of White men decided to take part in a peaceful, organized march. From bystander videos posted on Instagram and Twitter, they stayed calm while people screamed deranged insults at them. This was a drastic overreaction to the march and shows a bias against White Americans. When Black Lives Matter was rioting and burning down city blocks, we saw the “leaders” of this country actively advocating for BLM’s cause, and issued no meaningful condemnation of the violence occurring in our cities.
Lessons can be learned from what happened tonight. First, any type of protest by White Americans and/or the dissident right, in general, is risky in this current political climate. We should always expect this sort of reaction from law enforcement. Second, extensive vetting is required from the people attending these sorts of events, as we can see that it is easy to call in a tip on a protest, which will result in the protest being shut down. Third, law enforcement is not on our side. They are employed by the state, which would love to arrest and reveal the identities of members of dissident organizations for simply expressing their opinions. The state is not afraid to abuse its power in response to protests like this. They will use law enforcement to cause as much trouble for Patriot Front and others like them as they possibly can.
Using nationalist rhetoric in this day and age is all but forbidden. Bystanders called them Nazis, and countless Tweets went out saying Patriot Front was using dangerous, extremist language. Expressing love for this country is now considered a radical, hateful sentiment. The event tonight needs to be broadcast to every nationalist organization in our country, as it is a stark reminder of the situation we find ourselves in. There is no longer a need for a legal basis to detain dissidents like this. Patriot Front did nothing wrong. Instead, they committed a much more serious offense in our government’s eyes, they expressed traditional, nationalist views, and for it, they were punished. Though they had no cause to arrest them and had to release them, they prevented them from using the same vehicles they came in. This essentially left every member of Patriot Front stranded, surrounded by enemies.
We hear the message loud and clear. Our opinions are no longer acceptable to express, either online or in the form of protesting. No matter how peaceful, any type of march will be stopped with force, if necessary. This was a deliberate attack, a deliberate attempt to dox every person that showed up to that march tonight. If these people had their way, they would be arrested and their lives would be ruined. As it is, depending on the person that was driving each truck transporting the members, they will most likely be financially burdened by the tickets they will undoubtedly receive for transporting unsecured people in a trailer. If one of them was Thomas Rousseau himself, the entire Patriot Front organization could be at extreme risk.
We know that someone quite easily called in a false tip about a bomb at this protest, and that person will almost surely face no punishment for possibly ruining up to one hundred lives. These White Americans were advocating for their people and their nation’s values and their posterity. As it stands, we do not fully know the consequences of this shutdown tonight, but rest assured that we will take heed of what happened. Be careful. To those who have not realized it yet, law enforcement is simply another arm of this illegitimate government that is used against our people, and when one organizes events like this, each member must be thoroughly vetted, and under a legally binding agreement not to disclose. These are no longer optional organizational frills, but necessities for survival. Every single member of this march could lose their livelihoods, and be disowned by their family. This is no longer a petty struggle for relevance and power. We know now that this is a war, and we must engage in a political struggle to win it.
Hail Patriot Front!