I received an email today from an activist who indicated that local anti-Nazi protesters are "pissed off about your comments concerning stashing weapons and getaway cars. This is quite inflammatory." The writer's comments were directed to an earlier post about the arrival of the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Movement (NSM) in Toledo for a Saturday, October 15 rally.
I suppose when writers interject themselves into explosive situations, they wind up being villified by all sides. Que sera, sera.
First, to the anti-Nazi protesters: if you want total secrecy, don't invite the media to a planning session. I believe that I honored my commitment to speak in general, non-specific terms about the meeting. Also, by spending a great deal of time with one very angry member who went into a self-imposed exile from the group, I gave the members of the planning session much more time for constructive work.
I would add, however, that the comments I overheard about self-defense weapons and getaway cars were not made by a majority of the people present, and that there was certainly a lack of agreement about the level of confrontation needed to counter the Nazis. More people at the meeting, from what I heard, were pushing for a peaceful response.
Secondly, I am adding to this post the flyer information about the rally. Again, one of the activists has given me permission to post this, so if you have issues about its inclusion you need to look in-house to vent your displeasure.
Here, then, is the anti-Nazi flyer information:
WHEN: Saturday, Ocober 15, 8:30 AM
WHERE: Manhattan Plaza mall, in front of Kroger's
near Stickney Ave and Manhattan Blvd.
SWEEP THE NAZI SCUM OFF THE STREETS!
Hey Nazis, here we come!
Get out of town, you racist scum!