Anti-racist thugs clashed with White nationalists in a violent fracas in downtown Calgary, Alberta on Saturday March 21st, 2009. Media stories published by the CBC, Metronews Canada, CHQR 770AM, the Vancouver Sun, and the Toronto Star. Discussion on Stormfront. Some media stories are pronouncedly biased in favor of the anti-racists.
Excellent series of photographs by Brett Gundlock, who had blood wiped on him by an anti-racist, posted HERE. Report from the Anti-Racist Canada blog HERE. Even they confirm the reported number of 60 Aryan Guard members and supporters. In fact, newer information posted on this Aryan Guard Forum thread indicates there may have been as many as 70 total, consisting of 55 who arrived with the bus augmented by 15 more who joined the Aryan Guard contingent off the streets after they arrived.
It began when more than 400 people supporting the Calgary chapter of the Anti-Racist Action (ARA) group gathered outside Calgary City Hall on Saturday morning to commemorate the UN-sponsored International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination. They were met at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 6th Street SW at about 3 P.M. by about 60 members of the Aryan Guard, who had arrived by bus. The group's members brandished White Pride flags and placards emblazoned with white pride slogans.
The Aryan Guard patriots had begun their march commemorating "White Pride World Wide Day" near Mewata Armouries and were making their way to City Hall, chanting slogans, when the anti-racism demonstrators deliberately blocked their path, spoiling for a confrontation. Jason Levine, a spokesman for Anti-Racist Action, said his group took the Aryan Guard march as "spit in the face of all Canadians and anyone in the world who is against racism. So we're here to demonstrate our diversity and unity and also to oppose racism". This clearly indicates that ARA had no intention of respecting the Aryan Guard's right to political advocacy, and intended to stop it by aggressive force from the very beginning.
But Aryan Guard supporters Kelsey, 15, and Meghan, 18, who declined to give their last names, take issue with being designated as "racists". "I like being white and I think they take it the wrong way," said Kelsey, wearing a black scarf around her neck emblazoned with a white circle and cross in the middle. Aryan Guard member Kyle McKee said the group wanted to “celebrate white pride” during the event. The march, which attracted followers from outside of Alberta, gave the organization exposure. “We didn’t make it to City Hall, but I think a lot of people will hear about it, and on that part it’s a success”, said McKee. [Ed. Note: And White Reference is making sure even MORE people hear about it. LOL!]
Police, on hand to keep the groups separated, were hard pressed to keep the two sides apart, and had to break up several fights. Rocks and signs were reportedly thrown by both sides and at least two people received treatment for head injuries, none serious. One of the injured was Calgary Sun columnist Rick Bell; he describes the experience HERE. Three people were arrested, all of them anti-racists. After the Aryan Guard contingent boarded a bus and departed around 4:30 P.M., the ARA contingent dispersed.
Afterwards, although they outnumbered the White patriots 8-to-1, the anti-racists cried about the police allegedly "protecting" the Aryan Guard contingent. But city authorities quickly dismissed the ARA complaints by saying that "the role of the Calgary Police Service at public protests is to ensure public and officer safety and to protect individual rights to express their views peacefully as outlined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms".
The Aryan Guard is one of Canada's most active pro-White groups. Their main website is HERE, and their separate forum is HERE. Two previous rallies were discussed in October 2007 and March 2008. In between rallies, they've been handing out White Power CDs to young Whites. Some of the CDs have been found at various transit stops. But Aryan Guard members have been careful to avoid hanging around schools, which apprarently could get them in trouble if caught.
CBC's report was flagrantly biased against the Aryan Guard. Their photo of a Guard member hitting an anti was designed to wrongfully portray the Aryan Guard as aggressors. This is ludicrous; 60 people are not going to deliberately attack 400 people. In addition, CBC referred to the flags carries by the Aryan Guard as "Nazi". Not so; they are White Pride flags, as you see in the photo posted at the beginning. The remaining media reports were more balanced.