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(en) Olympia Residents Stop Nazi March

Date Tue, 24 Jan 2006 09:11:44 +0200


Olympia—Hundreds of Olympia residents confronted Nazis outside of
the corporate newspaper building here today. Nine members of the
Nazi group National Socialist Movement gathered to test Olympia
for future recruiting drives and a possible larger rally in July.
Many of the Nazis dressed in SS Storm Trooper brownshirt
uniforms and displayed large Nazi and American flags. Olympia
residents were given less than a day’s notice to spread the news
and organize a response. Olympia residents surrounded the Nazis
who were protected by approximately a dozen police officers.
Both sides freely exchanged jeers and insults while police
officers adjusted their buffer zone keeping residents away from
the Nazis. Many residents were outraged that Nazis came to
Olympia to openly espouse ethnic cleansing, genocide and hate.
Olympia residents stood in the Nazis’ way and successfully
prevented the Nazi group from marching to the State Capitol.

After approximately forty minutes, the Nazis decided to leave.
Residents let out a huge cheer when most of the Nazis returned to
their trucks and left. Three Nazis did not park their car at the
rally point and were followed down State Avenue by police and
residents.

Eventually garbage cans were placed in the three Nazis’ path.
Police officers escorted the Nazis across the street and then
into the backseats of police cars. Police then transported the
Nazis to an unknown location. Residents continued downtown and
re-gathered in Sylvester Park to discuss the day’s experience.
Residents passed around a megaphone and made speeches about what
they learned and how proud they are of the Olympia community.
Many residents expressed the need to fight fascism in all its
forms.
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Contributor note: Many people in the crowd were anarchists who took direct
action and stopped the nazis from marching in Olympia. Anarchists also did
most of the emergency organizing that went into this.
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