Left: Mulberry and Central filled with teargas on October 15; photo by historymike
NSM's über-spokesman Bill White is sticking by his announcement that the white supremacist group will be returning to Toledo on December 10, despite attempts by the city of Toledo to prevent another rally.
The failed October 15 rally will be NSM's focus, and they plan to protest the manner in which police "double-crossed" NSM.
White took issue today on his website with the apology letter sent by the mayor of Roanoke to Toledo mayor Jack Ford.
"One Jewish councilman and his pack of resentful nigger hecklers were responsible for the letter," he wrote. "Don't let the racial aspect of these Jewish and black hatemongers escape you."
Local anti-racist groups are organizing counter-protests in anticipation of another NSM visit. A source within the anti-Nazi coalition informed me today that "the ARA is planning something very unusual, not typical to other anti-fascist actions" for the event. He declined to offer specifics, citing coalition concern for leaking out details of their plans.
Left: Anti-nazi protesters outside Jim and Lou's Bar on October 15; photo by historymike
There are a lot of scenarios that may come from this announcement, not the least of which would be a concerted legal effort on the part of the city to restrict or bar NSM from returning to Toledo. The attitude of many in the administration and TPD seems to be one of confidence in a protracted legal battle; will NSM find an expensive series of court cases worth the trouble, or will the group find other cities to be less problematic?
If NSM does return, expect that the location will be heavily staffed. I have heard from a reliable source that TPD intends to "double" the police presence at any future visit, and that undercover operatives will be more vigorously identifying signs of trouble in any crowd of protesters. I would also expect that TPD will issue very explicit limitations on NSM's messages, so that they will not be able to incite another riot through racial epithets, threats, and taunts to the protesters.
Finally, take everything that Mr. White says with a grain of salt. I am far from an expert on this individual, having only become acquainted with him when he announced his first visit last month. That being said, White is a highly intelligent person who is skilled at manipulating the press. Do not be surprised if the December 10 date changes; it is clear from his writing that he enjoys the power associated with keeping an entire city guessing at his next moves.