North Dakota Town Approves Building Ban Aimed At White Supremacist Enclave

AP

A tiny North Dakota town sent a message Sunday to white supremacists trying to turn it into an Aryan enclave: if you’re going to move here, at least have a sewer and running water on your property. 

The city of Leith, N.D. approved a moratorium Sunday that prevents building any new structures without running water and a sewer outlet, the Bismarck Tribune reported. 

Craig Cobb, a fugitive from Canada who purchased about a dozen lots in the town to entice other white supremacists to move there, called the ordinances “patently unfair,” according to the Tribune. Cobb already risked having his home declared uninhabitable after allowing an order that gave him time to make plans for water and sewer on his property to expire.

During the meeting, Cobb said he may rename Leith the “Village of the Damned” when he takes it over, calling its residents “evil and nasty,” according to the Tribune.

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