Left: map of Toledo-Lucas County library sites, courtesy of library websiite
(Toledo, OH) Information is beginning to filter in about plans by local anti-Nazi activists to protest the upcoming December 10 National Socialist Movement (NSM) rally.
One source told me that there are "over a dozen" local groups participating in the coalition.
"We have quite a variety of peace groups and political groups participating," he said. "There are a lot of people unhappy with the city's decision to allow the Nazis to come into our city and stir up trouble."
The coalition is refusing to make public its plans until December 10, but a source told me that groups will be meeting up at wide number of city locations.
"One scenario has different groups meeting up at library locations all over the city," he said. "From there the groups will receive word via cellphone about the convergence point."
The reason for the secrecy is that many in coalition believe that the police will target counter-protesters in the days before the rally.
"The coalition intends to be mobile and flexible," he said. "With cellphones, word can get out in a matter of minutes, and then the plans will not be compromised."
Another activist pointed out an irony in the closing of the downtown library when the NSM comes to town.
"The Nazis are the group historically associated with book-burning," he said. "Here in Toledo, the Nazi visit means local citizens get deprived of access to books."
A spokesperson for the anti-Nazi coalition said that he hopes peace will prevail.
"There is one group, though, that has only agreed to peaceful actions at the convergence point," he said. "From that point forward they said they would the rest depended on the actions of the Nazis and the police."
The coalition believes that a much larger anifa presence will be downtown on December 10 than protested against the Nazis on October 15.
"The last event was mostly local residents, because we only had a few days to react," he said. "This time there are people coming from as far away as Texas."