Members of the far-right Proud Boys group marched through Rockville, LI, over the weekend, storming into stores and disrupting shoppers, according to video and reports.
About 20 members of the organization — classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League — took over a street Saturday while clad in black, their faces covered by bandanas, and hoisting “Don’t Tread on Me” flags as they blared rap music from a truck, video shows.
The marchers walked down Sunrise Highway and to the Nassau County village’s business district, where they went into shops while shouting slogans and passing out fliers detailing the group’s fringe philosophies, Newsday reported.
The protest drew the ire of local elected officials.
US Rep. Kathleen Rice, a Democrat whose district includes the South Shore of Long Island, said she was “disgusted” by the group.
“I’m aware of the march through Rockville Centre that white nationalists organized today. I am disgusted that this took place in our district,” she tweeted. “I will continue to fight against racism, hatred, and white nationalism while serving as your representative.
State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Island) said Saturday in a tweet with an accompanying video of the scene, “The Neo-fascist Proud Boys marched through Rockville Centre today, close to my office.
“I will not be silent. Their hatred has no place here-this is not the Nassau I know,” the lawmaker said. “Who else will speak up?”
State Assemblywoman Judy Griffin (D-Rockville Centre) said the demonstration was unsettling.
“It is extremely concerning that the far-right, neo-fascist Proud Boys held a march through Rockville Centre this afternoon,” she posted on Twitter. “Organized groups that espouse violence and hate should not be welcome in our communities.”
The weekend Proud Boys protest comes after the group last month took to the streets of Long Island’s Patchogue and Bay Shore communities, Patch reported.
On Tuesday, the House select committee investigating the deadly riot issued five subpoenas targeting right-wing groups including the Proud Boys.