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San Francisco dog owners won't pick up their pups' poop ahead of right-wing rally

The people of San Francisco are rolling out a dog poop-covered carpet for the far-right activists holding a rally near the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday.

Patriot Prayer says its rally at Crissy Field is to promote free speech; while white supremacists have been attracted to previous Patriot Prayer events, the group's founder, Joey Gibson, told The Mercury News he denounces racism. Patriot Prayer received a permit for the rally from the National Park Service, and there will be a large police presence.

Tuffy Tuffington, an artist and designer, came up with an idea on how to show his displeasure with the coming rally. "I just had this image of alt-right people stomping around in the poop," he told The Guardian. "It seemed like a little bit of civil disobedience where we didn't have to engage with them face to face." He created a Facebook event page for his silent counterprotest, writing: "Leave a gift for our alt-right friends. Take your dog to Crissy Field and let them do their business and be sure not to clean it up! Watch out for landmines, friends! We can get together Sunday and clean up the mess and hug each other!" In addition to feces, Patriot Prayer participants will be greeted by a very San Francisco cast of characters, including clowns against fascism and drag queens for equality, The Guardian reports.