ogether they raised their arms in a salute of “Sieg hiel.” On Sunday, September 24, about 25 men in masks and balaclavas descended on an anarchist book fair in Houston. Loosely affiliated with Vanguard Front, a fascist organization that numbers Heather Heyer’s murderer, James Alex Fields, as one of its members, a group calling itself Patriot Front rushed the door of a multicultural community center, igniting a pair of smoke bombs. Witnesses say the assault was led by construction worker and area neo-Nazi, William Fears.
Fears, 30, has made a name for himself in recent weeks. After returning from the Charlottesville demonstration, he began camping out at the Robert E. Lee statue in Dallas before its eventual removal. Activists allege Fears also pulled a knife on unarmed protesters with the local migrant justice group, Indivisible Houston, at a rally at George Bush Intercontinental Airport earlier this year.
“[The Patriot Front] were being really irresponsible,” a member of the San Antonio chapter of the Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation who witnessed the altercation told AlterNet. “There were children inside of that building, and they were outside with smoke bombs.”