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North Dakota white supremacist hospitalized after hunger strike

By David Ferguson
Friday, November 29, 2013 10:05 EDT
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North Dakota white supremacist Craig Cobb has been taken from jail to a hospital after refusing to eat while in custody. According to KXNE News, Cobb has been in custody for nine days after he and another man menaced neighbors and threatened them with guns.

Cobb came to national attention earlier this year for wanting to transform the town of Leith, North Dakota into a racist enclave, but was foiled by zoning laws.

He then went on national television and found out that he is, in fact, of mixed Caucasian and African-American descent. In the wake of that humiliating episode he returned to his home in North Dakota and found that it had been defaced with racist graffiti.

After that, a dispute with members of the Leith city council and other townspeople escalated to the point that Cobb and fellow neo-Nazi Kynan Dutton armed themselves with rifles and followed the other residents around in an attempt to terrorize and intimidate them. Both men were arrested on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Since then, Cobb has refused to eat, claiming he is engaging in an exercise in spiritual enlightenment that will culminate in his death. When jail personnel became concerned about his health, Cobb was taken to a clinic in Beulah, ND. The clinicians referred him to the state hospital.

Mercer County Sheriff Dean Danzeisen told KXNE, “It’s entirely up to him if he doesn’t want to eat. Until the point he becomes too weak we have to take him to the hospital. He did request fluids, he was given those on his own because that’s exactly what he wants.”

Cobb and Dutton are being held without bond on charges of terrorizing.

Watch video about this story, embedded below via KXNE:

KXNet – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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