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White supremacist banners, signs hung in Berkshire County

Jun 22, 2023 12:43 pm

Scott Stafford reports in The Berkshire Eagle many signs promoting a white supremacist group have been showing up around the Berkshires in recent days. A banner was hung on an overpass in Lee over the Massachusetts Turnpike. Handmade signs were seen June 18 and June 19 in North Adams, Becket, Lee, and near the Pittsfield-Lenox line. And in Pittsfield, two flyers were pasted onto a light pole near the Colonial Theatre. Another banner was hung on a fence near Brayton Elementary School in North Adams. The banners said, “Victory or Death, Patriot Front US.” Patriot Front US is an extremist group founded in 2017 that promotes fascism and the creation of a white ethnostate. Greg Roach, lives near Brayton Elementary in North Adams, and said, “I’m not happy about having to talk about Nazis in my backyard.... I was angry when I saw it. The Patriot Front is just a rebranding of the American Nazi movement, and they are not patriots.” Morgan Moon, investigative researcher with the Anti-Defamation League said that there are around 400 Patriot Front members nationwide, and about a dozen or so in Massachusetts. Jonah Steinberg, regional director of ADL New England, has tracked a rise in antisemitic events in Massachusetts, up 41 percent last year over 2021 levels. FBI hate crime statistics for 2021 show there were 412 reported hate crimes in Massachusetts, up 33 percent from the 310 incidents recorded in 2020. Read more about this story in The Berkshire Eagle.

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