3 men tied to ‘boogaloo’ movement plotted to terrorize Las Vegas protests, officials say
What is this right-wing extremist movement, and how did the Las Vegas investigation unfold?
By Michelle L. Price and Scott Sonner
Updated 10 minutes ago
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Three Nevada men with ties to a loose movement of right-wing extremists advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in what authorities say was a conspiracy to spark violence during recent protests in Las Vegas.
They self-identified as part of the “boogaloo” movement, which U.S. prosecutors said is “a term used by extremists to signify coming civil war and/or fall of civilization,” according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Here’s what you need to know about the “boogaloo” movement and the charges filed in Las Vegas:
What is “boogaloo”?
The anti-government “boogaloo” movement is a loose network of gun enthusiasts who often express support for overthrowing the U.S. government. Its name, a reference to a 1984 movie sequel called “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” is a code word for a second civil war.
The movement is rooted in online meme culture, but the coronavirus pandemic has become a catalyst for real-world activity. Many “boogaloo” followers have shown up at COVID-19 lockdown protests armed with rifles and wearing tactical vests over Hawaiian shirts and leis, a nod to the “big luau” derivation of the movement’s name.
While some “boogaloo” promoters insist they aren’t genuinely advocating for violence, law-enforcement officials say they have foiled bombing and shooting plots by people who have connections to the movement or at least used its terminology.