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    Canine Parents Asked to Leave Dog Poop Behind for San Francisco Alt-Right Rally

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    Out walking his dogs along San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, street artist Tuffy Tuffington was in a bind as he tried to figure out a creative way to counter-protest right-wing group Patriot Prayer's Saturday rally.

    And just as his pups began to drop some chocolate donuts, a light bulb went off above the street artist's head.

    "I just had this image of alt-right people stomping around in the poop," the 45-year-old event organizer told the Guardian. "It seemed like a little bit of civil disobedience where we didn't have to engage with them face to face."

    Filled with excitement, Tuffington quickly took to Facebook to share his idea.

    "Leave a gift for our alt-right friends," he wrote. "Take your dog to Crissy Field and let them do their business and be sure not to clean it up!"

    Tuffington added that everyone would reconvene Sunday and "clean up the mess and hug each other."

    With roughly 1,000 saying they're going and another 5,800 indicating an interest, not everyone is thrilled about the idea.

    "I know this is well-intentioned, but leaving poop all over Crissy Field is NOT good for the wildlife who live in the area, both coastal and in the bay," Michelle Waters, a concerned resident, wrote on the event's Facebook page. "Creative resistance is great but NOT when it harms that which we are trying to protect!"

    Another user suggested it was actually more likely that the poop would end up being thrown on nearby cars.

    "It's been kind of surreal," Tuffington told the LA Times. "It continues to grow every day."

    Pegged as a "freedom rally," Joey Gibson, leader of Patriot Prayer, says that despite the claims critics have made, his group doesn't actually harbor any racist views.

    "What I'm trying to do is bring people together who believe in freedom, believe in love, believe in peace and believe in free speech," Gibson, who also stressed that the group was "absolutely not" a white supremacist or racist group, said in a video posted to Prayer's Facebook page.

    According to the group's About Me section, "Patriot Prayer is about using the power of love and prayer to fight the corruption both in the government and citizen levels that seek to gain power through division and deception."

    However, Gibson's calls to be understood have fallen on deaf ears as several politicians, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, called the event a "grave concern."

    Update: On Friday evening Patriot Prayer called off their rally in San Francisco after indicating that it no longer seemed "safe."


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