Today hundreds of protesters confronted the Nazi organization National Socialist Movement, who came with only two dozen people with the aim of recruiting others to their program of thuggery. Billing themselves as
“America’s Nazi Party,” they are coming from all over Texas to rally against
immigrants and Jews.
The NSM has held dozens of hate rallies over the past few years. Everywhere
they go racist attacks increase. They are working to build a violent
movement for the extermination of all people not considered white.
In a recent speech in Austin, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize
winner Elie Wiesel encouraged community members to “come out in full force”
to oppose the NSM.
And so we did.
What really really gets to me is the presence of Black and Latino cops, very young, defending those who would lynch them rather than look at them against us–and the Nazis didn’t even have a permit to rally. It was our public space occupied by bigots and hatemongers tearing apart the Mexican flag, giving the Hitler salute, swaggering around in their swastikas, and holding signs that read “Support White Troops.”
Photos here courtesy of Maria Mancha. And here’s the first press coverage of the event:
Opposition outnumbers National Socialist group members 10-1 at Capitol rally.
By Patrick George, Isadora Vail
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Protesters and law enforcement officers in riot gear surrounded and
outnumbered a Nazi rally Saturday afternoon at the Capitol.
The crowd of about 250 protesters yelled profanities during the
two-hour rally by about 20 members of the National Socialist
Movement. Most of the crowd were angry at the Nazi presence and
immediately began chanting, “Nazis go home.”
“I hate racism, and I believe that it has to be confronted every time
it arises,” said Cindy Beringer, a 65-year-old political activist.
“It doesn’t make sense that they would have their rally on Veterans
Day either. They are just nuts.”
“Our presence here tells them that no one in their right mind agrees
with them. We want to keep their group small and disorganized,” said
James Clarke with the UT Anti-racism Network.
Police presence was heavy, with Department of Public Safety officers
in riot gear flanking protestors and Austin police surrounding the
rally area at the Capitol. Officers kept Nazis and protestors about
100 feet apart.
Despite the distance, exchanges between the two groups were heated.
Several of the Nazis, who wore brown military-style uniforms, stomped
on the Mexican flag as they gathered near the south entrance to the
capitol building. One member carried a sign that said “Support Our
White Troops”; another said “Protect Our Borders – Remove Aliens.”