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(en) US, ARA* Gettysburg Report Back

Date Mon, 21 Jun 2010 13:18:02 +0300


Today, Saturday June 19, Anti-Racist Action joined a group of around 30 militant anti-fascists that were mobilized to confront white supremacists and sympathizers at the Aryan Nations rally in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Aryan Nations were afforded a permit to gather at the state park, and were protected by a heavy police and national guard presence. Because of this, no physical confrontations could be had between anarchists and Aryan Nations members during the rally, however in the brilliant foresight of the PA police and park service, protesters and sympathizers were gathered in the same fenced off area, which allowed for a small amount of physical confrontation. Small pushing matches ensued before riot police stepped in to break up fights. Among the chants were “Death, death, death to the fascists” and “Hey Nazis, hey Nazis, what’s up, what’s up, come to our town and we’ll fuck you up”.

In addition to the anarchists, about 20 members of the Progressive Labor Party were present. They were extremely effective at marching in circles and claiming responsibility for actions that took place 65 years ago, but not much else. Surprisingly enough, white supremacists are lacking the ability to understand the intricacies of operating a public address system, because no one in the protester/sympathizer camp could hear a word that they were saying. Some AN sympathizers were followed to their cars and confronted, and fled to the protection of more riot cops. License plates and pictures were taken of several Nazis who will soon be internet famous, if they were not already.

Aryan Nations was largely ineffective at spreading their propaganda, mostly because of their incompetence, but a surprising amount of militancy was shown by ARA, given that the event took place in central Pennsylvania, and the enormous amount of police forces present at the rally. We in ARA have learned that militancy is the most effective way of countering rising fascist and far right groups and attitudes, and that confrontation, as opposed to liberal pandering, is a much better means of stopping the spread of fascism in our communities.

Though Aryan Nations is a marginal group, many of the attitudes they espouse are held by many of the tea party followers and a sizable amount of white Americans. For these reasons, and because fascism must always be confronted, it is imperative that we remain committed to militant direct action against the rise of these far-right groups and ideologies.
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