Latino leader of the Proud Boys released from prison after serving a sentence for several crimes


Enrique Tarrio, leader of the Proud Boys, and Joe Biggs, organizer of the Portland rally in 2019.

Enrique Tarrio, leader of the Proud Boys, and Joe Biggs, organizer of the Portland rally in 2019.

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WASHINGTON- Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the far-right group Proud Boys, He was released Friday from a Washington prison after serving a five-month sentence for burning a flag he removed from a historic black church and bringing high-capacity rifle magazines to the US capital.

The US media showed images of Tarrio, an American with Cuban roots and a resident of Miami, leaving a detention center wearing a T-shirt that read “Free the Proud Boys… By any means necessary.”

The leader of the Proud Boys was arrested in Washington on January 4, 2021, two days before the tragic assault on the Capitol by radical supporters of then-President Donald Trump (2017-2021), which left five dead and 140 officers injured. .

In July, he pleaded guilty to both charges before the judge, and in November he asked to be released early, criticizing the conditions in the prison, a request that was denied.

Tarrío, 37, has not been charged with the assault on the capitol, although he acknowledged that his visit to the US capital had as its main objective to participate in the mobilizations in support of Trump on the 6th, and the police later acknowledged that he had been arrested in part to try to contain possible riots.

More than thirty members of the Proud Boys have been formally accused of the attack and it is believed that the group was largely behind the organization of the protests that led to the assault on Capitol Hill, after Trump encouraged his followers. to reject the result of the November elections, which were won by the current president, Joe Biden.

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