posted on Oct, 15 2005 @ 10:01 PM
A march planned by a neo-nazi group today in a predominantly black neighborhood today turned into a riot when counter-protesters turned their
agression to the police on duty to keep peace. The National Socialist Movement, or NSM, planned this rally to supposedly help the white people to
take back the neighborhood, so to speak, from black gang members that have caused problems.
NORTH TOLEDO -- Toledo Mayor Jack Ford has appealed for calm and declared a state of emergency after violence broke out Saturday before the start of a
planned neo-Nazi march through a north Toledo neighborhood. Hundreds of people protesting the presence of the Nazi group threw rocks at police
officers who were there to provide safety. Police used pepper spray and tear gas on the crowd.
The National Socialist Movement in Roanoke, Virginia, organized the march, saying the neighborhood had been beset with gang violence that threatens
white residents. NSM calls itself "America's Nazi Party." About 24 to 30 Nazis started around 11:00am at a staging area under police control near
Woodward High School., while the counter-protesters gathered outside. When the crowds got larger, and got out of control, Toledo Police Chief Mike
Navarre says the order was given to cancel the march around 12:00pm.
The Nazi marchers got in their cars and left, while the counter-protesters took over several city streets, growing more and more irate. Mayor Jack
Ford says he went into the crowd with several city leaders to try to diffuse the situation. In a late-afternoon news conference, Ford said he was
confronted in that crowd by gang members who had what he called "long-standing grievances."
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In my opinion, the NSM got what they wanted. They stirred up an already tense situation. The majority of the city did not want them here; the
propaganda on their web site paints a different picture. The NSM gets to say "See those evil black people...those poor white people need our help",
and it gave the gang bangers an excuse to start trouble. This just portrays us as being like these 2 extremes, and the majority of Toledoans are not
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