Saturday in August usually is that last gasp of summer break before school starts and the Friday night lights are around the corner.
This past Saturday in Vidor, members of the “Aryan Freedom Network” invaded Vidor to spread its message. According to their website, AFN is:
is unapologetic committed to the interests, ideas, security and cultural values of the White Race. We are determined to protect our Race from going into extinction.
Aryan Freedom Network
According to a press release by Vidor Police:
On Saturday, August 5, 2023, at approximately 12:08 PM, the Vidor Police Department Dispatch Center received numerous calls of a disturbance at the intersection of N. Main and East Tram.
The caller advised that there were several armed individuals with masks that were causing a disturbance. Upon arrival Officers located several individuals that were displaying an Aryan Freedom Network sign that were armed with firearms. There were also several citizens that were confronting this group. Members of the Aryan Freedom Network were attempting to enter the roadway to distribute pamphlets.
Entering the roadway to distribute pamphlets is a violation of the No Soliciting / No Peddling city ordinance due to the safety concern of entering moving traffic.
Officers met with the group who advised that they were in the process of leaving due to the aggressive atmosphere which had developed. Due to officers witnessing the individuals entering the roadway, several citations were issued. The leader of the group requested that Vidor PD follow them to the city limits as they feared further confrontation. The disturbance was quieted, and all individuals left the area.
The individuals involved were identified as:
Caleb Bentley Houston, Texas
Maxwell Barragy Lavernia, Texas
Tyler Everett Magnolia, Texas
Matthew Dawson Richmond, Texas
Mark Hayes Humble, Texas
Justin McConnell Houston, Texas
All individuals were checked and could legally possess a firearm.
Rod Carroll, Vidor Police Chief
The day was not over, as many Vidor residents took up the same corner with signs showing a majority of Vidor is opposed to such groups.
Precinct 4 Constable Matt Ortego told My Orange Texas Now:
humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together
Constable Matt Ortego
Mayor Misty Songe added:
Yesterday outsiders came to our town to try to gain support for their motives of hate. Our town showed them just the opposite. We are a town that has grown far past our prior history. We are a town full of love and acceptance. We will not empower hatred from anyone.
Mayor Misty Songe
But, I think the best quote of the day was from a Vidor resident on Facebook:
They tried that in a small town and found out.
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