Proud Boys Berate Organizer of Far-right Rally Who Had Teeth Knocked Out for Underestimating Enemy

One of the leading members of the Proud Boys has condemned the organizer of a far-right free speech rally in San Francisco who had his front teeth knocked out after the event was heavily outnumbered by counter-protesters.

Philip Anderson, of the Team Save America group, was injured during the rally against "Twitter and Big Tech" at the United Nations Plaza on Saturday, October 17.

The event was shut down by police after counter-protesters and antifa began throwing missiles, such as glass bottles, at those taking part in the rally.

Among the crowd at the rally were those linked to far-right groups such as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer, as well as people who attended the deadly "Unite the Right" white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and rally organizer Joe Biggs did not attend the San Francisco rally, despite their appearance having been promoted by organisers, amid reports of infighting between the members.

In a video posted later on encrypted messaging service Telegram, Biggs said how Anderson should be "ashamed" of how he organized the rally.

"See, this is what happens when you have p**s poor planning, p**s poor planning leads to putting people's lives in danger," Biggs said.

"And that's what you did Philip. You're no hero, you're no badass, you didn't do anything cool. What you did is you improperly plan a rally, you put people's lives in danger, and individuals got."

"Never underestimate your enemy. See, when I was in Afghanistan, I respected the Taliban, I had respect for them because they were willing to stand up and fight for what they believed in...So you have to respect that, you have to know your enemy, and you have to treat them as a formidable foe."

Biggs goes on to suggest that Anderson studies Sun Tzu's influential book The Art of War to "brush up" on how to organize.

"See, when you're smart. You can win optics wars, and you can win legitimate wars, you can win actual physical wars. This was p**s poor planning and people got hurt. You should be ashamed of yourself."

Prior to the rally, Anderson, who is Black, said he was a supporter of the Proud Boys.

Videos and pictures posted on social media show the moment Anderson is attacked by an apparent antifa protester as others urge him to "get the f**k out" of the city.

Following the rally, a GoFundMe page raising money for Anderson to get his teeth fixed has since raised more than $27,000.

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During the clip, Biggs added that he and Tarrio will plan another event in San Francisco called the "Demand Free Teeth" rally in "honor" of Anderson.

Three San Francisco Police officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries when they were hit with pepper spray and caustic chemicals while trying to control the unrest between the opposing groups. Police said no arrests were made during the rally.

Anderson has been contacted for comment.

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Leader of the Proud Boys Enrique Tarrio (L) and rally organizer Joe Biggs (R) congratulate each other as they return to the march starting-point over the Hawthorn Bridge as "The End Domestic Terrorism" rally at Tom McCall Waterfront Park concludes in Portland, Oregon, on August 17, 2019. JOHN RUDOFF/AFP/Getty