Local freedom march supports keeping first, second amendment rights

Local freedom march supports keeping first, second amendment rights

MONTGOMERY – Several dozen people came to a rally organized by the right-wing American Patriot Council that took place in the Town of Montgomery’s Benedict Farm Park Saturday afternoon. But those who showed up only seemed interested in promoting their first- and second-amendment rights and, in some cases, President Donald Trump’s re-election. "We need to stand up for our rights," said Maria Herb of Modena, one of the participants. "Stop and think about what you are going to leave your children. The location was a last-minute switch from Veterans Memorial Park in the Village of Montgomery, a location that had raised some controversy because it was across the street from where the first day of early voting was taking place at the village senior center. The event, billed as a "freedom march," was approved by the Village Board earlier this month. But concerns were raised about the prospect of voter intimidation, as well as the practical matter of rally attendees taking parking spots from potential voters. Montgomery Town Supervisor Brian Maher said he offered the town’s Benedict Memorial Park, which is about two miles down Route 17K from the village, as an alternate site. He said village Mayor Steve Brescia accepted the offer and alerted residents of the change. The American Patriot Council is well-known for its armed protest against coronavirus restrictions inside the Michigan state capitol earlier this year. They also were accused of having ties to the foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, but have […]

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