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North Dakota Town Passes Building Moratorium To Foil White Supremacist

LEITH, N.D., Oct. 28 (UPI) — The town council in little Leith, N.D., has passed a building moratorium and other measures in an attempt to prevent white supremacists from moving in.

The ordinances were approved Sunday evening to keep local homeowner Craig Cobb, described by the Bismark Tribune as a hate crimes fugitive from Canada with neo-Nazi views, from encouraging those who share his views to build homes on 12 lots he owns and “join him in taking over the town,” the newspaper said.

The ordinances will require Cobb to install water and sewer lines to the house he recently purchased, where he lives without heat or water with three other male white supremacists and two children, and place a moratorium on new construction. It also prevents tents and campers from being set up on a building lot for more than 10 days, the newspaper said.

Cobb asked: “Why now? Is it a wonderful coincidence that the moment I show up, these are necessary? It’s patently unfair.”

While Leith only has about 15 residents, the meeting attracted about 50 people, the Tribune said.

Law enforcement officers were called on to remove Cobb from the council’s meeting table and intervened when Cobb told members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe they should go back their reservation.

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