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Texas State University students protesting an alleged white supremacy group were arrested for in-fighting.

On Wednesday, students at the San Marcos school assembled on the Quad to protest an external group called Texas Nomads SAR, whose Facebook mission statement reads, “…We believe our veterans and warriors should come before refugees and illegal criminals...”

On Twitter, people say the group is “dangerous,” “violent” and “racist.”

The group’s vice president Christopher Ritchie tells Yahoo Lifestyle that his group planned to protest at the university when the student government banned the conservative group Turning Point USA in April, although the two organizations aren’t affiliated.

“Two of our members were going to come to campus and walk a pre-planned route of two miles carrying Trump flags and talking with anyone willing, about free speech,” he says. “We decided to cancel because of the backlash and targeted hatred against students for their political beliefs. We felt it might do more harm than good.”

Ritchie adds, "We are not white nationalists as the left says."


The most controversial moments caused by MAGA apparel

Whether far right or far left, President Trump's slogan "Make American Great Again," or MAGA, has certainly divided the public. Many say it's their American right to wear the slogan however they see fit, while others see it as a message of hate and white supremacy. Here are some of the most controversial moments caused by those wearing MAGA apparel.

However, Texas State’s Student Government tweeted that the Nomads had rescheduled for May 1. “Please continue to be vigilant and stay safe. As information becomes available we will keep you informed. Report any criminal activity to UPD 911.”

The Texas State University Police Department also increased its on-campus presence, cautioning on Facebook for students to stay safe.

On Wednesday, violence ensued on campus. A spokesperson from Texas State University provided a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle:

“On May 1 some students gathered on the Quad of the Texas State University San Marcos campus in anticipation of a planned demonstration by an outside group. To the university’s knowledge, no outside groups were on campus, but some students engaged in a heated discussion which unfortunately escalated into a physical altercation between two students. The incident resulted in four students being arrested on various charges:

  • Tyvonte Davis-Williams, DOB 08/01997, disorderly conduct-language

  • Alejandra Navarrete, DOB 09/12/1997, Failure to identify; Providing false information

  • Nazarene Freeman, DOB 08/28/1999, Interference with public duties; Failure to identify

  • Claudia Gasponi, DOB 06/14/1995, Resisting arrest, search or transportation; Interference with public duties.”

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