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"Detroit — Police thwarted a plan by a neo-Nazi group to spark "Charlottesville 2.0" at a gay pride festival in downtown Detroit this weekend, police chief James Craig said Monday.

Motor City Pride, an annual LGBT Pride street festival, was held Saturday and Sunday at Hart Plaza. Police had advance notice the Nazi group planned to protest the event.

Craig said the white supremacists had hoped to spark a riot that was worse than the Aug. 12, 2017, incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a car was deliberately driven into a crowd of people who were protesting the Unite the Right rally, killing one and injuring 28. James Fields Jr., 20, was convicted in the killing and sentenced to life in prison.

"They wanted something even more substantive than Charlottesville," Craig said following a press conference Monday at Public Safety Headquarters. "That's according to credible intelligence we received."

Motor City Pride chairman Dave Wait said: "It's too bad that 10-12 people, mostly from out of town, who talk with hate came to an event to try to damper what 50,000 others are looking for: A quality time, and a true positive celebration."

Members of the Nazi group were openly carrying firearms — which is legal in Michigan — while they traded barbs with counter-protesters described by Craig as "an Antifa group." (More)
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