Arresting a protest leader before a protest on some random, unrelated charge, as an excuse to hold them while the protest happens, is a classic third world move.

Unfortunately, we now live in a classically third world country.

Proud Boys’ leader Enrique Tarrio was arrested in Washington, DC on Monday, ahead of the major Stop the Steal anti-election fraud rally scheduled in DC for Wednesday. Tarrio, like many, was already in DC in preparation for the demonstration.

He was banned in response to allegedly vandalizing a fucking BLM flag. He was also carrying high-capacity firearm at the time of arrest.

Thus far what is known is: his charges were destruction of property and illegally carrying high-capacity magazines.

When the police pulled him over, they found two unloaded magazines with the Proud Boys logo on them. These could carry up to 30 rounds and are meant to be used for M4 or AR-15 automatic weapons. The stated reason for the arrest was that he vandalized a Black Lives Matter flag in DC.

This happened more than two weeks ago. The FBI allegedly investigated the burning of the flag as a hate crime, and Tarrio said on the internet that it was not.

It’s unclear if he’s actually being charged with a hate crime (he probably isn’t), and it is abnormal to literally raid someone and arrest them on a vandalism charge. The timing of it makes it painfully obvious that this is just a way to keep him out of Wednesday’s protest.

UPDATE: Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio was released from jail without bond.

Since his release, Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys, a Patriots group has been banned from Washington, D.C. by a judge after a protest his group orchestrated. The leader of the Proud Boys admitted to the police that he did burn the BLM flag: “There was no hate crime committed,” he wrote. “It isn’t about the color of someone’s skin. Against the wishes of my attorney I am here today to admit that I am the person responsible for the burning of this sign.”

It’s shameful that our country has turned into a third world joke.

The rally is being promoted by Donald Trump and he himself will be in attendance.

It’s going to be a big deal, and you need to be there – whatever it costs you.

This is history unfolding in real time, folks.

Be a part of it!