Photo of white supremacists rallying in Kalamazoo courtesy of WZZM-13
(Kalamazoo, MI) Between 30 and 40 white supremacists attended a rally in Kalamazoo billed as a protest against "Black Gang Terrorism" yesterday. There were no reports of serious injuries, although at least four counter-protesters were arrested on a variety of charges.
Organized by racist podcaster Hal Turner, the event drew suporters from across the racist right, including members of the Ku Klux Klan and the National Socialist Movement. Reports on the number of counter-protesters varied between 60 and 120; many of the counter-protesters refused to enter the fenced-off area created by police for the purpose.
On a side note, the neo-Nazi group the American National Socialist Workers' Party (ANSWP) staged an alternative protest outside the rally zone. Bill White, Commander of ANSWP, was joined by Michigan ANSWP member Neal Joitke to pass out literature and to claim to passersby that "Hal Turner is a fraud."
Left: ANSWP members Bill White and Neal Joitke walking to protest both Hal Turner and anti-racists
A scuffle ensued between White, Joitke, and antiracists that was broken up by police, and neo-Nazi forums claim that NSM members came to the aid of White and Joitke. Bill White said that he "busted commie skulls" during the short conflict, but these claims cannot be confirmed by independent sources.
ANSWP members have publicly announced a return to Toledo on August 17, which may be in conjunction with an ANSWP event scheduled on August 18 "25 miles east of Battle Creek." The city of Toledo has vowed to force ANSWP to obtain a permit and participate in a controlled rally. Bill White has denied that the group intends to rally in Toledo, calling any August 17 event a "literature drop."
Bill White, with the NSM before its 2006 breakup, was the mastermind behind the failed 15 October 2005 rally that led to the North Toledo riot. Local antiracist groups will be staging a rally later this month to protest municipal expenditures to protect neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups. The first two Toledo rallies reulted in over $700,000 in spending to protect the racist groups.