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Far-right protesters will have to mind their step when they demonstrate in San Francisco this weekend – after activists promised to carpet the site with dog poo.
Dog owners have apparently been stockpiling excrement ahead of Saturday’s “Patriot Prayer” rally in the Californian city as political tensions take a bizarre twist following unrest in Charlottesville earlier this month.
Thousands of people have suggested they may take part in the dirty protest, which takes place in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge on San Francisco’s Crissy Field, according to Facebook.
Organisers said on an event page: “Leave a gift for our Alt-Right friends. Take your dog to Crissy Field and let them do their business and be sure not to clean it up!
“Watch out for landmines, friends!
“We can get together Sunday and clean up the mess and hug each other!”
The idea came from 45-year-old dog owner Tuffy Tuffington, who told the Guardian: “It seemed like a little bit of civil disobedience where we didn’t have to engage with them face to face.”
San Franciscans showed mixed responses to the plans. Brendan Wallace commented on Facebook: “Ignore the haters trying to shame you for ‘contamination’ etc. If Crissy Field is going to be covered in sh*t for a day, it might as well be dog sh*t!”
Mike Klotz countered: “I’m pretty liberal and have no understanding or patience for the right wing movement but what your event is suggesting, regarding dog sh*t, is not only toxic to the environment, it’s downright dangerous to children playing there the next day.”
Patriot Prayer describes itself on Facebook as aiming to use “the power of love and prayer to fight the corruption both in the government and citizen”, and organisers have called Saturday’s march a “free speech” rally.
But San Francisco mayor Ed Lee said the event was “shameful” and has accused the group of trying to “incite violence”, according The Oregonian newspaper.
Other politicians have labelled it a “white supremacist rally”.
The demo comes less than a month after far-right protests in Charlottesville descended into violence.
One woman was killed and others were injured when a car was driven into protesters congregating ahead of a counter rally.
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