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Protesters Interrupt Controversial 'Julius Caesar' Performance

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By    |   Saturday, 17 Jun 2017 09:27 AM

Protesters interrupted Friday evening's performance of the controversial modern-day depiction of Public Theater's "Julius Caesar" in Central Park during the middle of the play, with one storming the stage, The New York Daily News reported Saturday.

Jack Posobiec, which the newspaper referred to as a conspiracy theorist and supporter of President Donald Trump, filmed accomplice "right-ring blogger" Laura Loomer when she marched onto the stage.

"Stop the normalization of political violence against the right!" Loomer shouted, adding, "This is unacceptable."

"You are all Goebbels!" Posobiec shouted to the audience of about 2,000. "You are all Nazis like Joseph Goebbels ... you are inciting terrorists."

"The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands," Posobiec continued, referencing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot Wednesday at an Alexandria, Va., park where the congressman was practicing for a congressional baseball game.

Three others were also injured in the attack by progressive activist James Hodgkinson, who was shot by police and later died.

Security personnel removed Loomer from the stage as producers paused the performance. She was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing, but was unremorseful after the incident.

"This is the price I have to pay, and I am happy. I am not going to be apologetic for this. I am not ashamed that I've been arrested," she said in a video after her release from the Central Park police precinct. "I would do it again, really. I would definitely do it again. And, I hope more people do it, too."

The play has been criticized for its depiction of the Shakespearian classic. The actor playing Caesar looks like President Donald Trump and is murdered in the play by the Roman Senate. The actress playing Caesar's wife Calpurnia resembles first lady Melania Trump.

Afterwards, artistic director Oskar Eustis said it was "not a particularly upsetting incident."

"Our stage manager stopped the show and we waited for security to remove them, and then we proceeded with the show to the great pleasure of the audience, who gave the cast a standing ovation," Eustis said.

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