NSM's Sergeant Mark Martin of Dayton, at the October 15 visit; photo by historymike
There has been a flurry of neo-Nazi activity the past few days in Northwest Ohio. Several Toledo media outlets have reported the appearance of swastikas spray painted on Point Place properties. No suspects are yet in custody.
In Bowling Green, the NSM's Mark Martin got into a little trouble Saturday night. BG News is reporting that Martin was caught putting flyers on cars in the Meijer parking lot, which is in violation of store policy. He left after being confronted by store security.
Approximately one hour later, Martin and other NSM members were stopped by Bowling Green police for placing flyers in newspaper boxes and handing out fliers to passersby on Main Street. The NSM members left without incident after BG police explained the ordinance to them.
NSM's Commander Jeff Schoep was not pleased with what he saw as a double stndard.
"I’m just wondering why communists are allowed to pass out their literature and white nationalists are not,” he told BG News.
Addendum, 3:00 PM: Bill White announced on his website today that the city of Toledo has granted NSM's request for a permit for the planned December 10 rally. This is despite campaign claims by Mayor Ford that he had a legal strategy to prevent or hinder an NSM return. The rally will be held at One Government Center December 10, 2005 from 2 PM to 4 PM.
Lieutenant Ron Navarro also confirmed to me that the group has received permission to rally, but noted that the State of Ohio was the party of record, because One Government Center is technically state property.