Dozens Rally For Tolerance In St. Cloud

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Matthew Thomas, Chad Hands and Ryan Frane

(Left to right) Matthew Thomas, Chad Hands and Ryan Frane. (credit: Stearns County Jail)

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Dozens of people gathered in downtown St. Cloud Wednesday night to demonstrate against an apparent hate crime.

Three men, Matthew Thomas,  Chad Hands,  and Ryan Frane were arrested for beating a 22-year-old St. Louis Park man early Monday in an alley near a bar. Police say the man was attacked because his assailants believed he was gay.

Organizer Janet Cleland-Dullinger says the rally came together quickly through the use of Facebook, Twitter and email. Cleland-Dullinger says demonstrators wanted to show hate crimes won’t be tolerated in St. Cloud. She tells WJON that everyone has a right to feel safe in their own community and those they visit.

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