Juggalos protest gang designation in Washington march

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Supporters of the hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, protest against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department for listing them as a "loosely organised hybrid gang" in Washington September 16, 2017.

The Juggalo march organizers said the FBI's classification "has resulted in hundreds if not thousands of people subjected to various forms of discrimination, harassment, and profiling", according to their website, which includes testimonials of Juggalos who say they've been profiled at work, school and by law enforcement for being fans of the band or having Insane Clown Posse merchandise or tattoos.

"We're saying we're not gang-banging clowns", Violent J said.

People gather for a rally during the Juggalo March, at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, September 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. How would anybody fight the gang label?

As for politics, however, the "Insane Clown Posse and most Juggalos consider themselves very apolitical", pop culture writer Nathan Rabin told NPR's Scott Simon. She said she had been profiled by police in OH because of the gang designation. Each time, the officer has wrongly accused Brandon of being in a gang and has interrogated him about being a Juggalo and his affiliated tattoos and clothing.

After their rally, marchers headed to the home of the Russian ambassador a few blocks away.

As we announced several months ago, Insane Clown Posse spearheaded a Juggalo March on Washington to be held at noon September 13 at the National Mall. "What happens to Justin b-- boy Bieber's Beliebers?"

Though the "Juggalo March on Washington" and the pro-Trump "Mother of All Rallies" are on the same day, and at the same place, their aims couldn't be more different.

"Many Juggalos subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence", reads the report. The Insane Clown Posse, along with several fans and the American Civil Liberties Union of MI, filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department, alleging discrimination. "Juggalos are a "family" of people who love and help one another, enjoy one another's company, and bond over the music and a philosophy of life", the lawsuit stated. They kept committing the same crimes as before - drive-by shootings, assaults, drug sales - only now they did so in the name of Juggalos. Another one for Trump supporters, called the Mother of All Rallies, was scheduled. The march was described on its website as "a collective statement from the Juggalo Family to the world about what we are and what we are not".

Like Trump supporters, many come from lower-income families - but being a follower of the group gives them a sense of belonging and goal.

Nevertheless, as NPR's Windsor Johnston reported, some counterprotesters attempted to tie the MOAR rally to Charlottesville, including one who held a sign featuring an image of the woman killed by a motorist there.

The introduction of the third event was seen as potentially adding fuel to an already combustible mix - though apart from a brief interruption of the pro-Trump rally by Black Lives Matter activists all three demonstrations came off without major incident.



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