Political Violence in a MN Museum

In the NYT, we learn of an incident where “Two Groups Scuffle Amid Art Inside a Minneapolis Museum”. It involves, yet again, Leftist ‘antifas’ attacking peaceful Alt-Righters:

The confrontation began when a large group of organized protesters, holding banners identifying themselves as the Industrial Workers of the World, held a rally in front of the museum.

The Wobblies are still active?! Holy cow!

Kaywin Feldman, the museum’s director, said security camera footage showed two or three men apparently engaging in an argument with the protesters. When the men went into the museum, I.W.W. protesters followed them inside.

A Minneapolis group that describes itself as part of the alt-right movement said Tuesday that its members were the ones followed inside and attacked. The group — which declined to name the members, citing safety concerns — posted a statement online about the incident.

“We were there only to meet a few new faces and enjoy the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s beautiful collection,” the group, Alt Right MN, stated. “However, when we got there, the IWW protesters were waiting. We had no idea that it had anything to do with us until two of our members were attacked upstairs, simply for how they looked.”

Also on Tuesday, a group called the Twin Cities General Defense Committee of the I.W.W. posted its own account of the incident online, saying that it had shown up at the museum to disrupt plans for what it called a fascist, white-nationalist rally.

I found this part most intriguing:

Two witnesses told The Star Tribune of Minneapolis that they had heard the alt-right men yelling neo-Nazi provocations, and that one of the men was wearing a neo-Nazi or white-nationalist symbol on his jacket. Attempts to reach the witnesses by phone and social media on Monday were unsuccessful.

But Ms. Feldman said no such symbols were visible in the security footage, and she did not have any information from the museum’s security guards about what the men had been yelling.

“We don’t have an indication of who they were,” she said. “But it was obvious that the I.W.W. fellows were going through the galleries looking for them, for their opponents.”

Perhaps the ‘witnesses’ engaged in a bit of fashionable leftist ‘hate crimes’ fabrication?

The following is also telling:

A scuffle ensued in which an I.W.W. protester pinned one of the men to the ground and began hitting him…

The fight was broken up before the police arrived, and no art was damaged, Ms. Feldman said. She added that the man who was hit declined to press charges. No one was arrested.

As an Alt-Righter, pressing charges would entail publicizing one’s name, opening oneself up to doxxing. The Left knows this and, as we can see here, is quite able in exploiting this.

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