Two U.S. Marines were arrested after displaying a white nationalist banner over a building in downtown Graham during a pro-Confederate rally in North Carolina last week, the Raw Story reports.
According to the report, Sgt. Michael Chesny and Staff Sgt. Joseph Manning drove hours from their homes to take part in a pro-Confederate demonstration on May 20th.
The servicemen were arrested after draping the white nationalist banner over a building with a quote from George Orwell’s “1984” that reads: “He who controls the past controls the future” and the letters, “YWNRU,” which stands for “you will not replace us,” a slogan linked to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa.
The Marines told arresting officers they had gone to the rally to record video of protesters from the Industrial Workers of the World to prove the social group wasn’t peaceful.
Chesny serves as an explosive ordnance disposal technician based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and Manning serves in the Marine Corps Engineer School at Camp Lejeune.
According to Marine Times, the men were each charged with first-degree trespassing, a misdemeanor offense, and released on $1,000 bond the same day as their arrest.
The U.S. Marine Corps updated its policies in 2009 to prohibit active advocacy for “supremacist doctrine, ideology or causes” that deprive others of civil rights.
The incident is under investigation by military personnel.
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