A group of heavily armed individuals who claimed to be a part of the racial separatist group “Rise of the Moors.”
The group was in a vehicle and that was stopped by police, when the police asked the group to disarm the group insisted that they were not American citizens and did not have to follow the law or orders from the officers.
From the Daily Caller:
The group refused to comply with orders from the police to put down their arms, although no active threats were made At some point during the standoff, several of the group descended into the wooded area near the Interstate highway, Massachusetts State Police Col. Christopher Mason said, according to WCTI 12.
Shelter-in-place orders were in place in the nearby towns of Wakefield and Reading until 11:30 am, after the MSP Special Tactical Operations Team detained 11 armed individuals of the group.
Brandishing a Moroccan flag, the armed individuals who caused the blockade self-identified as part of “Rise of the Moors,” a Moorish sovereign citizens group based in Rhode Island, whose main webpage claims that the 14th Amendment is a “tool of usurpation.”
The leader of the standoff has been identified as Jahmal Latimer, also known as Talib Abdulla Bey, according to CBS Boston. Latimer claims that his followers are not American citizens and that he is the “grand chief” of the territory of “Rhode Island.”
MASSACHUSETTS – Armed standoff near Boston resulted in arrest of 9 members of a militia group called ‘Rise of the Moors’. pic.twitter.com/uDqOa8pEwF
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The group “Rise of the Moors” is a well established group that, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, believe that African Americans are decedents of the historical Moors and make up an elite class of persons within the United States. This group is also reported to engage in both political violence and “Paper Terrorism.”