Monday, July 03, 2006
The Olympia Dozen
TO THE STORY
Rally by 12 neo-Nazis draws hundreds of counter protesters
04:10 PM PDT on Monday, July 3, 2006
OLYMPIA, Wash. - About a dozen neo-Nazis held a rally at the state Capitol Monday that attracted hundreds of counter-protesters.
More than 500 protesters gathered in front of the Capitol to oppose the neo-Nazi group, according to Sgt. Monica Hunter of the Washington State Patrol.
The small group of neo-Nazis are from the National Socialist Movement, which experts say has become the leading group of its kind in the country.
This is the third time this year that the neo-Nazi group has staged a rally in Olympia. The previous two rallies also drew small numbers of Nazis and large groups of counter-protesters.
National Socialist Movement member Gary J. Nemeth addressed a crowd of mostly counterprotesters at a rally Monday in Olympia.
The state patrol has about 275 officers on hand to provide security. The neo-Nazis were bussed in by the patrol, and will be under heavy security when they are bussed out.
The Nazis were demonstrating on the Capitol steps surrounded by chain link fence and large barricades.
The counter-protesters are being kept about 50 yards away in front of the state Supreme Court.
Hunter says there have been no incidents or arrests
Posted by Nikki at 7/03/2006 07:04:00 PM