- White supremacist group holds rally in downtown Lancaster
Updated on October 3, 2017 at 2:26 PM, Posted on October 3, 2017 at 2:13 PM
By Ivey DeJesus, firstname.lastname@example.org
A white supremacist group that is increasingly holding rallies in cities across the country and recruiting on college campuses this past weekend staged a small rally in downtown Lancaster.
Identity Evropa, which touts itself as being focused on the preservation of “white American culture” and promoting white European identity, on Monday tweeted a video of the rally, which according to the video caption was held (and videotaped) starting at 9:47 p.m. on Saturday on Lancaster’s Penn Square.
The story was first reported by Sean Kitchen of Raging Chicken Press, a progressive online news outlet.
The 1-minute 46-second video shows ldentity Evropa members unfurling a banner that reads “Import the third world. Become the third world.” Members of the group then began to chant “You will not replace us.”
In the tweet, the group states: IE activists, led by @WilliamClarkIE & @EvanMcLaren, protest immigration and the demographic displacement of White Americans.
IE activists, led by @WilliamClarkIE & @EvanMcLaren, protest immigration and the demographic displacement of White Americans.
(Part 1) pic.twitter.com/BKEZht8GDP
— IDENTITY EVROPA (@IdentityEvropa) October 2, 2017
In the video, a man identifying himself as Evan McLaren, a member of Identity Evropa and the executive director of the National Policy Institute, speaks through a megaphone and proceeds to blast Lancaster City’s open-door policy to Syrian refugees, saying:
“Listen up Lancaster City. We are now with anti-white policies bringing Syrian invaders to our streets. Letting them in our homes. Lancaster City has brought 20 times more Syrian invaders per capita than any city in the United States. We say enough. The time is now. We respect our safe and clean cities. And they won’t be here for much longer. If the question of pulling our culture, our way of life, our identity. The time is now. Stand up European Americans. Stand up for who you are. When they kill you.”
Thousands of Lancaster County residents earlier this year held a protest rally to show support for refugees and immigrants who stood to be impacted by President Donald Trump’s refugee bans and immigration policies.
McLaren in August spoke to PennLive and insisted he is not a Nazi or Klansman but a white American of European descent who believes he increasingly is becoming a foreigner in his own land.
“We’re not Nazis. We’re not Confederates. We’re not KKK members,” the 33-year-old told PennLive. “We’re dedicated to the preservation of white heritage and identity. We’re talking about European culture and identity.”
A Lower Allen Township resident, McLaren is the executive director of alt-right leader Richard Spencer’s Virginia-based National Policy Institute. The group was closely linked to the violent protests over plans to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s monument in Charlottesville, Va.
GOP officials – particularly those in Cumberland County – have largely distanced themselves from McLaren, a 2017 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law, who briefly was treasurer of the county Young Republicans. He also was a law clerk with the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office last year, and served as a judicial extern for a federal judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania.
McClaren yesterday tweeted a link to the rally video from Saturday night posting a selfie taken in front of a GOP table at the Ephrata Fair. In the photo he appears in front of a banner for York County gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner.
I’m here at the Ephrata Fair where the @GOPLancaster stand is empty–kind of like the party itself! [?] pic.twitter.com/yXFHocA4Lk
— Evan McLaren (@EvanMcLaren) September 30, 2017
Virgin empty GOP stand versus Chad Alt Right night demonstration. @lancastercogop https://t.co/77ZTcjuOoO https://t.co/JkmTCSRFVL
— Evan McLaren (@EvanMcLaren) October 2, 2017
Identity Evropa has been distributing its information over the Internet as well as via fliers, posters, and stickers, especially on college campuses, including Penn State and Millesburg University.
It’s slogan – “You will not replace us” – was chanted in Charlottesville earlier this year and again on Saturday in Lancaster. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the slogan reflects the group’s belief “that unless immediate action is taken, the white race is doomed to extinction by an alleged ‘rising tide of color’ purportedly controlled and manipulated by Jews.”
The group participates in protests against Muslims and immigration, and routinely joins events organized by other white supremacist groups.
Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center consider the group an extremist hate group.
The group’s new leader is Eli Mosley, a Reading Army veteran.