by RBN

San Francisco mayor wants right-wing political group’s rally blocked

August 16, 2017 in News by RBN


Source: Press Democrat

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s mayor is calling on federal officials to reject or significantly modify permission for a right-wing political organization called Patriot Prayer to hold a rally in the city on Aug. 26.

The National Park Service told the organization its permit to hold a three-hour rally on San Francisco’s Crissy Field was approved last week, before the violent encounters involving neo-Nazis and others in Virginia last weekend.

Crissy Field is a federal park within the city. Mayor Ed Lee said Tuesday he is concerned that Patriot Prayer intends to promote hate speech that could lead to violence.

Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson didn’t respond to email inquiries. Violence has occurred at previous Patriot Prayer gatherings.

The group held a rally in Seattle on Sunday that drew hundreds of counter protesters, but no violence.

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