by JORDAN HOPKINS
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Approximately fifty members of the SPLC-designated hate group Patriot Front were briefly detained by Philadelphia police early this morning, following a flash rally that saw members of the group igniting gas grenades and fighting with bystanders in the shadow of City Hall. Carrying PF-branded flags and shields, the group marched in formation down the Ben Franklin Parkway from the direction of the Art Museum before encountering resistance from Philadelphia residents, who forced the group to break ranks and chased them away from Center City towards Penn’s Landing. The two groups clashed as the Patriot Front members climbed into the back of three Penske moving vans and drove away. Minutes later, Philadelphia Police pulled the convoy over on Christopher Columbus Boulevard and detained the group for approximately an hour before releasing them with no charges.Read more →