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LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner name neo-Nazis who stole their art

The group has accused a man and a woman of removing their anti-Donald Trump flag from its Tennessee location

Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner have released a statement about their stolen anti-Trump artwork, in which they identify a man and a woman they believe committed the act.

The HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US project began on Trump’s inauguration date, January 20. A 24-hour livestream was set up at the MoMA in Queens, New York, where the public could join the group to recite ‘He will not divide us’. The installation was moved to New Mexico after it became a ‘threat to public safety’, but was then again moved because of gunfire in the area. The ‘He will not divide us’ flag was erected in a secret location

We reported back in March that trolls had colluded online to locate the flag and steal it. The artwork was taken from Greeneville, Tenneessee and replaced with a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat and Pepe shirt. 

LaBeouf, Rönkkö and Turner have sent out a public statement that identifies a couple as the perpetrators. The group writes that they “feel morally compelled to name them, as the circumstances mean this is a matter of wider public safety.” The circumstances in question that warrant concern for public safety is that one member of the couple accused works as a nurse.

They detail their belief that authorities in Tennessee have not yet shown “the will to bring the perpetrators of this hate crime to justice, despite boasts online about their actions, their anti-Semitic motivation, and the fact that they lied to police.”

On their website, the group have given the full names, ages, hometown and occupations of the man and woman. The site also includes a link to the ‘Knights of the Round’ podcast, where its reported the woman talks about lying to authorities, and her trip to find the flag in Greeneville, Tennessee.

LaBeouf, Rönkkö and Turner’s page also includes posts of Twitter DMs and messages on Discord, which shows discussions about locating and stealing the flag. The Twitter account allegedly linked to the woman includes anti-Semitic and racist rhetoric.

As the Tennessean reports, the man identified by the trio has posted about ‘White Lives Matter’ rallies and the Traditionalist Worker Party, a known white nationalist group.

“We hope that bringing attention to this will finally result in the authorities pursuing the matter, and affirm that there can be no place in society for neo-Nazi hate crimes,” the statement from the group concludes. 

The ‘He will not divide us’ project continues in Le Lieu unique in Nantes, France.