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Violent Clashes at “Other” Chicago Summit

Event announce­ment on Stormfront

The extreme right and the far left clashed vio­lently in the Chicago area over the week­end of May 19, with police mak­ing arrests on both sides. The scene, how­ever, was not the high-profile NATO Sum­mit hosted by the city of Chicago that week­end. Rather, the clash occurred at a small restau­rant in Tin­ley Park, Illi­nois, where a group of white suprema­cists were hold­ing their own con­fab, a “White Nation­al­ist Eco­nomic Summit.”

Around 15 white suprema­cists from around the coun­try attended this “eco­nomic sum­mit,” only to have it crashed by a roughly equal num­ber of left-wing and anar­chist activists asso­ci­ated with the Chicago-based South­side Anti-Racist Action (ARA), a group that has dis­rupted past white suprema­cist events in Chicago, and the Indiana-based Hoosier Anti-Racist Move­ment (HARM). The left-wing activists allegedly attacked the white suprema­cists with base­ball bats, ham­mers, and metal chains, caus­ing injuries that led three peo­ple to be taken to the hos­pi­tal with head injuries. Police sub­se­quently arrested five of the activists (all from HARM), charg­ing them with mob action, aggra­vated bat­tery and crim­i­nal dam­age to property.

The Tin­ley Park event was the fifth white suprema­cist “eco­nomic sum­mit” orga­nized since 2010, four of which have occurred in the Mid­west. It was orga­nized by white suprema­cists from Illi­nois and South Dakota under the aus­pices of the “Illi­nois Euro­pean Her­itage Asso­ci­a­tion.” Most atten­dees were mem­bers of the racist Storm­front web­site, and some had asso­ci­a­tions with other extrem­ist groups, such as the National Social­ist Move­ment and the Knights Party. The events are some­thing of an out­growth of a white suprema­cist con­cept known as the Pio­neer Lit­tle Europe (PLE) move­ment, which seeks to estab­lish mutu­ally sup­port­ive white suprema­cist enclaves through­out the United States.

Police also arrested two of the atten­dees at the “sum­mit.” Steven Eugene Speers, 33, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, was arrested on a child pornog­ra­phy war­rant from Texas, while Fran­cis John Gilroy, Jr., 65, of West Palm Beach, Florida, was charged with unlaw­ful pos­ses­sion of weapons by a felon.

Left-wing activists and white suprema­cists alike have been angered and ener­gized by this vio­lent con­fronta­tion, open­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of future vio­lent clashes or acts of retal­i­a­tion. The orga­niz­ers of the sum­mit, mean­while, are plan­ning a future event in Omaha, Nebraska.