- White Nationalism sticker on parking meter outside Belvederes in Lawrenceville
Patriot Front has been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. According to the Patriot Front manifesto, “An African, for example, may have lived, worked, and even been classed as a citizen in America for centuries, yet he is not American.” Patriot Front formed as a splinter group after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va.
An employee at Belvederes spoke to Pittsburgh City Paper on the condition of anonymity to avoid targeting from white nationalist groups. The employee said the stickers were placed outside the bar sometime late last week, and were removed upon discovery. On the night of the event, the worker walked up and down Butler Street to search for more stickers, but only found them in close proximity to Belvederes.
The employee says it’s possible Belvederes was targeted by the alt-right Patriot Front, since the bar is well known for having an all inclusive policy, and a “very strict no harassment and non-discrimination policy.”
“I took them down because the Patriot Front are Nazis basically, and fuck Nazis,” says the employee. “As somebody who works there, it makes me uncomfortable. What could they do to us if they are targeting us?”
- Screenshot of security camera footage from the night of the incident
CP shared a screenshot of the video and a photo of a Patriot Front sticker on the parking meter to the Pittsburgh Police, but police officials did not return comment regarding whether they are investigating the matter.
Earlier this month, around Election Day, South Hills residents also believed that Patriot Front was targeting their neighborhoods when placing fliers throughout Brookline, Mount Lebanon and Beechview. Those fliers had anti-immigrant messaging and there are large concentrations of Latino and Asian immigrants in the South Hills.