Members of the far-right “Proud Boys” were chased out of a Los Angeles bar on Saturday by a group of democratic socialist protesters.
Video from the incident shows the left-wing activists shouting “No Proud Boys, no KKK, no fascist USA” at the group at L.A. bar The Griffin.
The L.A. chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) shared video of the incident on Twitter, in which their members and others from anti-gentrification group Defend North East Los Angeles can be heard chanting and yelling “F--- you fascist,” “Get out of here, Nazi” and “Facist pigs, squeal — you’re all swine.”
The Proud Boys are a far-right organization of men that was started by a former founder of Vice Media. They describe themselves as "western chauvinists" who "refuse to apologize for creating the modern world," according to their web site.
They say they are anti-racist and "anti-racial guilt," but the Southern Poverty Law Center describes them as an extremist group because members regularly use white nationalist memes and associate themselves with other extremists.
“Last night our members and allies in Defend North East LA ran a proud boy meet up out of the Griffin in Atwater Village,” the DSA wrote on Twitter. “The bar knew about it and the manager defended them, but we shut it down anyway. Don’t let nazis convene in your city!”
Last night our members and allies in @defendnela ran a proud boy meet up out of the Griffin in Atwater Village. The bar knew about it and the manager defended them, but we shut it down anyway. Don’t let nazis convene in your city! pic.twitter.com/96GzdwHG18— DSA Los Angeles (@DSA_LosAngeles) July 15, 2018
Battles between the far-right and far-left have become more and more common since President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE's election.
There has been a rash of incidents caught on video recently as people have chosen to confront members of the Trump administration in public.
A video taken outside the bar shows a verbal confrontation between members of the leftist groups and Proud Boys wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.
“Irish people were slaves just like the f---ing black people,” one of the Proud Boys says in the video.
this footage, which sure looks like a proud boy’s mom telling him it’s time to go home, was taken by Defend North East Los Angeles after this dude’s friends shoved a woman at their management-approved hate meetup at The Griffin. please enjoy. pic.twitter.com/7lsxvuXGF9— josh androsky (@ShutUpAndrosky) July 15, 2018
The Griffin’s owners responded to the incident in an Instagram post, saying that they did not support or condone the Proud Boys’ meet-up and that they tried to “kill them with kindness” to get them to leave, because the bar does not have any formal security.
“Neither I nor my business partner support any Nazi or white supremacist groups and this is not a Nazi bar,” the post read. “It’s my bar and I’m ultimately responsible for what happened last night and I feel terrible and actually sick to my stomach. … We are not a bar that in any way supports hate groups and any staff that does will be dealt with.”
Updated at 10:38 a.m.