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The alleged founder of a white supremacist group and 30 other members have been arrested for their alleged involvement in planning a riot at Idaho Pride, Your Content has learned. The arrests were made following a tip from a concerned individual who described the group as resembling “a little army.”
Among those taken into custody is Thomas Ryan Rousseau, a 23-year-old from Grapevine, Texas, who is believed to have founded the group following the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. All 31 individuals have been charged with conspiracy to riot, a misdemeanor offense.
The arrests have raised concerns among LGBTQ advocates, who argue that an increasingly polarized political climate poses a greater risk to their community. Despite the controversial nature of their speech, an attorney has noted that the individuals have the right to express their views, according to YAHOO News.