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Hippie Sabotage Fights Security at What The Festival, Duo Claims Self-Defense

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Hippie Sabotage pose during the Snowglobe Music Festival at Lake Tahoe Community College on Dec. 29, 2015 in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.  

A video taken behind the stage at this weekend's What The Festival in Portland, Ore. captures a fight between event security and the group Hippie Sabotage. While the clip doesn't make clear who started the scuffle, it shows one member of the duo holding a security man in a choke hold for an extended period of time before others manage to force him to let go.

"This kind of incident doesn't belong at a place like what the festival," the video's poster wrote. "That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the 30 mins of set we got." The clip has already amassed more than 345,000 views on Facebook.

One observer, Gregorio Sanchez, described the scene in a Facebook comment on the video. You can read his memory of it below.

Hippie sabotage goes on stage telling the audience that “we are playing a hard set and if you dont like it, fuck you, go talk shit on facebook” people get weirded out and then HS continues to say “or stand there and be fucking weirdos” so sound guy comes up and tells him to chill out and to not mishandle the microphone, HS proceeds to talk shit more to the crowd and soundguy on the mic. soundguy mutes mic. HS throws a fit and tosses mics to the crowd. 3 of them. Soundguy tries to go on stage and gets stopped by the TM and shoved back by HS. Event organizer comes to tell them to chill. they say “fuck you”. event organizers ask security to remove them from stage and then this happened….. they get boo’d off stage and i told them “thats some looser shit” they try try to come fight me. security holds him back and he yells. “when you have 200k plays on soundcloud come talk to me” lmao. they get escorted off the festival immediately.

Hippie Sabotage addressed the incident briefly in a statement. “It was an unfortunate event that placed us in an unsafe situation in the middle of our performance," the duo wrote. "We feel terrible that the fans didn’t get the full set, but we love performing for Portland and will be back.” In tweeted responses to questions about the fight, the duo added "we were just defending ourselves" and "we paid for the microphones."

In subsequent videos, Hippie Sabotage appeared to go after another performer, Ekali, in swear-riddled videos that Ekali posted on Twitter. You can watch those below.

Billboard reached out to representatives for What The Festival for comment, but had not heard back at time of publication.

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