Most of the patriots were associated with the National Socialist Movement (NSM); however, a spokesman for the Illinois National Socialist Front (INSF) earlier proclaimed their intent to participate as well. Others participating included the White Boy Society, the Knights Party, and some independents. Jason Bonn, a leader of the National Socialist Movement in Belleville, had said his group would be joined by "a couple of different pro-white organizations". The patriots, many dressed in black and some carrying national socialist flags, also carried signs and used a bullhorn to call for hate crime charges against the two Black teens accused of attacking a White teen on a school bus. They yelled out, "Double standard!" and "White power!" Several dozen police officers in riot gear waited nearby with dogs; no problems were reported. The rally began around 11:30 A.M. CDT and lasted an hour.
At the same time, a local church group held a vigil about a half block away to call for racial harmony. The counter-protest, organized by the Conqueror's Christian Center in Belleville, displayed signs inscribed with "We Are One" and "We Love You."
There was also a third group of people present who were primarily spectators. Some booed the pro-White activists. There is considerable media confusion as to just who was a spectator and who was an anti-racist activist; the best estimates at this time are that there were 50 anti-racist activists and about 150 spectators. This could change.
Aggravated battery charges have been filed in juvenile court against the black 14- and 15-year-old Belleville West High School students accused of the beating; they've also been expelled from school for two years. A family lawyer said the White victim suffered black eyes, a cut cheek, a sore jaw and emotional trauma, and has not yet returned to classes. Meanwhile, the East St. Louis chapter of the NAACP (sometimes referred to as the National All-African Communist Party) is "reviewing" the expulsions of the two Black thugs, which really means they're trying to find a way to make excuses for them, as they generally do for any black misbehavior.
A second NSM rally is taking place in Riverside, California today, in which the issues are illegal immigration and day labor centers. There will be a separate post on this activism.