(Toledo, OH) The return of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) to Toledo on December 10 will force the closure of the Downtown branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.
"The people of Toledo have to keep paying for the city's decision to let the Nazis do whatever they want," said one local anti-Nazi activist. "We had scheduled an alternative event to be held at the library on that date, and the library just called us and told us we couldn't hold our event."
The group planned to show a film as a way to attract teens away from the site.
"This is the height of stupidity," said the spokesperson. "Here we are trying to put on an alternative, and the city shuts us down."
The move to close the facility may have other implications, said the source.
"There are a lot of homeless and street people who spend time in the downtown library," said the activist. "Now they will have nothing better to do than to join up with the counter-protesters."
Jeff Sabo from the TLCPL said that the decision was made by library officials.
“Given the unexpected turn of events during the past demonstration, we just felt it was in the best interest of our patrons to close for the day because of the unpredictability of the situation and our close proximity to the upcoming demonstration,” Sabo said.