Recently, a white supremacist hate group held an anti-immigration rally in Fort Tryon park in Washington Heights where they unfurled a large banner declaring "STOP THE INVASION, END IMMIGRATION." While there were a few photos of the group captured at the time, none of the photos proudly distributed by the group showed participants' faces.
Now, video of the group parading through the park has emerged, showing their all-white members singing the national anthem and chanting "USA" while antagonizing and trying to block the videographer.
Here it is folks. Video of the Identity Evropa punks in our beloved Fort Tryon Park. This is such a violation. Thanks to Noah Wintman who recorded this video and stood up to them at great risk to himself.@shaunking - please help us spread the word. pic.twitter.com/pDa7SVDPox
— Uptown Collective (@Uptowncollectiv) August 3, 2018
Local blog Uptown Collective has also compiled photos of the faces of some of the participants:
Again @NYCMayor @NYPD34Pct we now have pics & video of some of the men that threw smoke bombs and hung a massive & hateful banner in Fort Tryon Park last week. When will the arrests commence?
cc: @ManhattanDA @galeabrewer @RepEspaillat @ydanis @MarkLevineNYC pic.twitter.com/fdVOkmpSRh
— Uptown Collective (@Uptowncollectiv) August 5, 2018
The group, called Identity Evropa, enthusiastically supports President Trump, and is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC]. According to SPLC, Identity Evropa "is at the forefront of the racist 'alt-right's' effort to recruit white, college-aged men and transform them into the fashionable new face of white nationalism. Rather than denigrating people of color, the campus-based organization focuses on raising white racial consciousness, building community based on shared racial identity and intellectualizing white supremacist ideology."
In response to the group's actions, Rep. Adriano Espaillat organized a vigil in the park last week, "Uptown Standing Together Against Racism & Xenophobia." Speakers included State Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa, Councilman Mark Levine and Anti-Defamation League Associate Regional Director Melanie Robbins.
"You come and mar the sanctity of this magnificent park with a message of hate and try to disrupt the beauty that we know here of our immigrant community, you’ve just picked a fight with 20 million New Yorkers," Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said at the event, according to The Jerusalem Post.