A group of white nationalists interrupted the Detroit Pride parade on Saturday, performing Nazi salutes and carrying weapons.
Members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) caused alarm and outrage at the annual LGBTQ+ event as members of the neo-Nazi group were seen ripping apart a rainbow flag and another photographed urinating on an Israeli flag, according to The Hill.
The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the NSM as one of the largest neo-Nazi organizations in the U.S. and is known for “theatrical and provocative protests.”
Videos from the event Saturday showed neo-Nazi protestors marching through downtown Detroit during the Motor City Pride festivities with a police escort.
Some took to social media to express their frustrations that “Detroit PD escorted Nazi’s in full uniform outside of the entrance to the festival. Detroit PD bruised those that tried to intervene (see below) and allowed this to happen.”
Today at Motor City Pride, a friendly LGBT+ event, Detroit PD escorted Nazi's in full uniform outside of the entrance to the festival. Detroit PD bruised those that tried to intervene (see below) and allowed this to happen. pic.twitter.com/lDcbemzhek— marc (@marcklock) June 9, 2019
One voice in a video is heard shouting; “Why are you protecting them? These are literal Nazis.”
“How come they get protected and we’re not,” shouted another. “Our police should be protecting us.”
Pride is about love and diversity, hateful groups need to learn they are the problem and not LGBTQI+ people.