Dec 14, 2005

City Survives Return Of Nazis

Left: Riot police in formation; all photos by historymike

(Toledo, OH) Saturday’s neo-Nazi rally at One Government Center turned out to have a far different outcome than an earlier event.

The deployment of 700 local and state police officers – with help from some federal agencies – prevented a repeat of the riot that swept through North Toledo six weeks ago.

Approximately 40 members of the National Socialist Movement arrived for the hour-long rally, which started 45 minutes late. There were about 90 people in the “official” protest zone, and perhaps an equal amount milling about around the perimeter of the cordoned area.

George Windau, a local labor activist, said that many of the anti-Nazi protesters chose to boycott the rally.

“What the police wanted – and got - is a small, docile crowd that was easy to control,” he said. “Many of the anti-fascists did not want to get stuffed in a cage.”
Left: One of the many anti-Nazi protesters who opted to boycott the "official" protest zone

Windau said that the effort to protect the freedom of speech of the Nazis resulted in the repression of freedoms of everyone else.

“Toledo is a test area for a new form of fascism,” he said. “People have been frightened into submission, but I hope that enough people will become angry about the violation of their civil liberties that we have witnessed today.”

The October 15 rally by the NSM cost an estimated $336,000 in expenditures on police and safety personnel. Nearly 140 people were arrested, stores were looted, and a local bar burned.

Police clearly had the upper hand at Saturday’s rally. There were no reports of violence, and police quickly responded to break up any potential sources on unrest before they could solidify into active resistance.

Anti-Nazi activists planned to use local branches of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library as staging areas for protests, but police quickly dispersed gathered groups. Seven people were arrested on Sylvania Avenue across from the West Toledo Library at approximately 12:15 PM.

Other plots, including a group of anarchists who intended to “welcome” the Nazis at the motel in which they were staying, were also broken up. Police and sheriff’s cruisers spotted the anti-Nazi activists before they could leave their cars.

Three teenagers were also arrested sitting in a car in front of the downtown library at approximately 3:15 PM.

Left: The Toledo Journal's Jeff Willis gets taken away

At the rally, police wasted no time in arresting protesters who they believed to be engaging in illegal behavior. There were at least a dozen undercover officers milling in the crowd, identifying “problem” protesters for arrest.

In addition to the arrested anti-Nazi protesters, at least three journalists were detained for interfering with police business. One of those was Jeff Willis of the Toledo Journal, who tried to avoid a skittish police horse and inadvertently placed a foot across a police line.

“What did I do?” asked a bewildered Willis as he was led away.

A Toledoan named Molly Nolan unveiled a pro-Nazi sign in the protest area.

Left: Toledoan Molly Nolan being escorted from the anti-Nazi protest zone

“I am here to support the NSM,” she said to the angry crowd, which chanted some colorful retorts. Police and peace team activists escorted her from the protest zone.

“I just wanted to stand up for what I believe in,” said Nolan, who added that her husband is in a Michigan prison and is an Aryan Nations member.

Police were aided by temperatures in the low 20s, with wind chill readings dipping into the single digits.

“Everyone I talked with said that they were not going to come out in this weather,” said Antoine Bennett of Toledo. “Last time it was like summer, and everyone was out.”
Left: Peace team members try to stay warm

Residents of the near North End were among the counter-protesters.

“I came to the rally because I'm completely against the neo-Nazis and I wanted to help drown their message out,” said Nicole Creech. “My overall impression is that the Nazis are all talk and no action in response to what they promise the rally will be. The counter protestors were successful in drowning out the scum bags.”

Most of the scheduled rally speakers could not be heard very well in the protest area. The chanting of the protesters, the great distance at which the Nazis were located, and a malfunctioning PA system all contributed to an NSM message that was largely inaudible.

Some protesters decried the quickness with which protesters were arrested.

“People got arrested who did nothing more than yell at the Nazis,” said Kerry Martin of Toledo. “One woman was standing right next to me and then whoop – she was taken away.”
Left: Toledo Police arresting seven protesters on Sylvania Avenue

Other protesters were unhappy with the symbolic manner in which the Nazis returned.

“They walked right out the front door of our city hall to shout their hate messages,” said Danita Watkins of Toledo. “It’s just like the city rolled out the red carpet for them. They are up there acting like they own the city now.”

Police Chief Mike Navarre estimated that the cost of the operation “will likely exceed $300, 000,” but indicated that the city’s response was a metaphorical “home run.”

“We put forth a much better image to the world today than on October 15,” he said.

This article appears in this week's Toledo Free Press.


Bill White said...

How many times are you going to write the same inane nonsense with the same recycled lies?

historymike said...

Hi Bill;

Glad you stopped by. Have a nice day.

historymike said...

BTW - the IP address for the previous comment was indeed from Roanoke, VA.

Out of curiosity, Bill: where, pray tell, are the "recycled lies" in this article?

Most of it is quotes from local people, or observations I made at the rally and in the city on Saturday.


Mike, it's obvious where your sympathies are and it isn't with the white Toledo community.

Why don't you go live in North Toledo with the criminal/communist scum you love so much?

historymike said...

Vonbluvens (or Vonbluvens imposter):

Glad you stopped by. Have a nice day!

historymike said...

IP address of Sarasota, Florida, so I suppose that this could be Michael Blevins (aka Vonbluvens) the voice of the NSM.

It's funny how Bill White and Michael Blevins could both complain about an article that is straight reporting, and not an editorial.

Was it the title that set them off: "City Survives Return of the Nazis," or the fact that I only counted 35-40 NSM supporters? (White claims to have counted 70).

I can only imagine how much of a hissy fit these two would have if they commented on an actual editorial.

Don't like my writing? Then don't visit my site.

historymike said...

Wait - I figured it out!

I focused my story on TOLEDO, and not on the NSM. No Nazi pics and no Nazi quotes.

Now I get why they were so mad - I had a story on their rally without including them. It's all about the PR!

Hooda Thunkit said...

"...or the fact that I only counted 35-40 NSM supporters? (White claims to have counted 70)."

If Bill could lay off of the cheap booze for a little while, maybe he could learn to count with the aid of single, rather than double vision.


THAT ain't never gonna happen :-)

Tex said...


Why don't you go live in North Toledo with the criminal/communist scum you love so much?

Tell us Mikey, didn't you live in a black neighborhood with the "criminal/communist scum" in a state funded half way home for 5 years ?

BrianOfOhio said...

Just curious, what were those "protesters" in the car on Sylvania arrested for? Was driving on Sylvania on Saturday afternoon in violation of the cops restraining order?

BrianMaxson said...

Bill, how many times do you report facts instead of what your delusional mind can conjure up? Grow up, retard.

The nit-wits arrested in that Ford Escort station wagon had just left a library where they were turned away by Toledo Police for an attempted demonstration.

A Ford Escort station wagon. There's some comedic irony in being caught on film in that car.

historymike said...

Hey BrianinVero:

Did the Illinois Nazis in the Blues Brothers drive a Ford Escort wagon?

liberal_dem said...

Bill White said...

How many times are you going to write the same inane nonsense with the same recycled lies?

A famous axiom to which I adhere is: "one man's inane nonsense is another's truth, unless, of course, it spews from the mouth of a psychopath."

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Aw, Bill & Von upset all of the Nigger Lovers.

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Subcomandante Bob said...

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