MLive reporter arrested at ‘Proud Boys’ rally in Kalamazoo, posts show

Far-right group, counter-protesters clash Saturday in Kalamazoo

Members of the white nationalist group "Proud Boys" clashed with counter-protesters at a rally in Kalamazoo on Saturday.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – An MLive reporter was arrested while covering a rally that turned violent in Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon, according to reports online.

Members of the far-right group “Proud Boys” reportedly clashed with counter-protesters during a scheduled demonstration in the area of E. Water and N. Edward streets, WOOD-TV reports.

Warning: Explicit language can be heard in the protest videos below.

Some members of the far-right neo-fascist organization reportedly engaged in fist fighting with counter-protesters upon arriving at the event.

The Proud Boys are an organization of men who reportedly self-identify as a “pro-Western fraternal organization,” though some organizations and outlets have called them extremists, white nationalists and a hate group.

Kalamazoo police intervened and ordered the crowds to disperse, according to WOOD-TV.

Police reportedly arrested “a few people” -- including MLive reporter Samuel Robinson.

Some protesters are still at the scene but most have dispersed as of about 3:30 p.m., WOOD-TV says.

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