In the wake of the violent white supremacist rally that was held earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, cities throughout the U.S. have started to remove other Confederate monuments. Commissioners in Hollywood, Florida have also discussed renaming streets that honor Lee and two other Confederate generals — John Hood and Nathan Bedford Forrest.
On Tuesday, Hollywood commissioners were scheduled to vote on whether or not to rename these streets, and several local civil rights activists turned out to show their support for changing the names. The activists came from a variety of groups, including the Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County, the South Florida chapter of the Women’s March, and a group called Take Them Down Hollywood.
Leading up to today’s vote, many of these activists expressed concerns about white supremacists harassing or trying to hurt them, and it seems their concerns were warranted.
According to the Miami New Times, a local white supremacist named Christopher Ray Monzon — who goes by the name Chris Cedeno online — charged into a group of between 150 and 200 protesters on Wednesday.
Monzon, 22, was standing alone and waving a flag that combined the Confederate “stars and bars” with the logo for the League of the South — a white nationalist group — when he shouted at the crowd:
‘You are a cancer on the face of the earth! All Jews are!’
He then ran directly at the activists while pointing the flag at them. Police officers on site immediately tackled Monzon and took him away in handcuffs.
A spokesperson for Hollywood Police told the Miami New Times that Monzon has been charged with “aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, and inciting a riot.”
Monzon was also photographed at the Charlottesville rally earlier this month. The Miami New Times noted that he is a “known commodity in South Florida.”
‘He has regularly shown up at progressive protests and waved the Confederate flag or League of the South regalia. After former state Sen. Frank Artiles was caught dropping the N-word in front of a black lawmaker, Monzon showed up at a protest in order to defend Artiles. Monzon wore a neo-Nazi pin on his shirt collar.’
Monzon also showed up when activists gathered in June to call for Hollywood’s Confederate streets to be renamed. During that event, he stood alongside other white supremacists and members of the armed militia, Three Percenters.
Shyann Malone, a local news anchor, shared a video on Twitter on Monzon being tackled by police after he charged into the crowd.
— Shyann Malone (@ShyannMalone) August 30, 2017
The majority of people who commented on Malone’s video made it clear that they think Monzon got what he deserved.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.