Initial reports from the scene of the National Socialist Movement's "Reclaim the Southwest" rally, which will culminate in the annual national meeting of the organization and a banquet, are beginning to filter in. Enough information is available to publish a preliminary post. Additional photos by Mona Montgomery HERE, and discussion on Stormfront and the Vanguard News Network Forum.
At least 500 anti-racist and anarchist counterprotesters showed up to oppose the NSM and their allies, now reported to have numbered 100. They included about a dozen members of the Black Riders, a Black separatist group, replete with black berets and dark sunglasses, quietly standing at attention on the sidewalk. One paced back and forth holding a red, black and green flag outlined in the shape of Africa. KPCV 90.3 reports that one White activist sporting swastika and lightning bolts tattoos was mob-assaulted by several antis, who hit him repeatedly with signs, causing him to bleed from the head and neck. Police formed a wedge and took the man away, and no arrests were made. One police officer characterized the event as "just one group of racists protesting another group of racists". Police citywide were on tactical alert in case wide-scale trouble broke out.
Here's a more detailed account of the beating:
Counter-demonstrators surrounded him, chanting, "Nazi scum." One pushed a sign in his face and another jostled him. He was bobbing his head mockingly as the crowd chanted, when pushing suddenly broke out and about a dozen protesters began showering him with punches and kicks as he fell. The wood handle of one sign was smashed so hard into his back it snapped. Other protesters tried to protect the man. "You can't fight hate with hate," shouted one.
After about a 15-second beating, an undercover police officer began shouting and flashed his badge. He pulled the man, bleeding from a gaping wound in the back of his neck, from the mob and past the yellow tape blocking the protesters.
LA Weekly has now also published a story. The Boston Globe reported two victims; here's a photo of the second victim:
The LA Times has now provided its first report on the NSM activists themselves. Initially it appeared that, according to MSNBC, at least 50 pro-White activists showed up; the NSM now reports 100. One NSM member shouted, "We are tired of you clogging up our streets". Another NSM member denounced illegal aliens repeatedly, saying, "If the city supports illegal aliens and criminals, that is treason". And when asked why the NSM chose to rally in Los Angeles, a third NSM member said it's because L.A. is the belly of the beast.
Group members also said they were reacting to the recent number of street marches across the country encouraging legislators to enact reform that includes amnesty for some illegal immigrants. NSM regional director Jeffrey Hall also announced that the group would begin backing political candidates who agreed with their anti-immigrant message. The Los Angeles Daily News has now published a story which leads to a Topix Forum discussion; registration not required to post comments.
The Boston Globe also reports that as the rally ended, counterprotestors hurled rocks, branches and other items over the police line and into a parking lot where the White activists had left their cars. Some members of the group had trouble starting a black Ford Mustang and attempted to hook up jumper cables to their engine. They protected themselves from the flying debris by holding up swastika-emblazoned shields. The White activists eventually gave up and pushed their car away so they could jump-start it out of range of the projectiles. Five counterprotestors were eventually arrested for throwing items.