[Marxism] Ohio Anti-Nazi Riots

Calvin Broadbent calvinbroadbent at hotmail.com
Sun Oct 16 03:02:48 MDT 2005

This story blames ubiquitous 'black gangs' for riots in Ohio, all but 
validating the American Nazi Party's cited reason for their march.  Perhaps 
the Mayor should live in a black Ohioan ghetto for a year, and then see how 
he feels about Nazi parades. Here's hoping some nazi scum got it in the 


Anti-Nazi crowd runs roughshod in Ohio
Protest against Toledo march turns into rock-throwing, bar-burning melee

J. D. Pooley / AP
Clouds of tear gas fill the streets of Toledo, Ohio, on Saturday after 
violence erupted between people protesting a planned white supremacist march 
and local police.

Updated: 10:13 p.m. ET Oct. 15, 2005

TOLEDO, Ohio - A crowd that gathered to protest a white supremacists’ march 
Saturday turned violent, throwing baseball-sized rocks at police, 
vandalizing vehicles and stores, and setting fire to a neighborhood bar, 
authorities said.

When Mayor Jack Ford and a local minister tried to calm the rioting, they 
were cursed for allowing the march, and Ford said a masked gang member 
threatened to shoot him.

At least 65 people were arrested and several police officers were injured 
before calm was restored about four hours later.

Ford blamed the rioting on gangs taking advantage of a volatile situation. 
He declared a state of emergency, set an 8 p.m. curfew through the weekend, 
and asked the Highway Patrol for help.

“It’s exactly what they wanted,” Ford said of the group that planned the 
march, which was canceled because of the rioting.

At least two dozen members of the National Socialist Movement, which calls 
itself “America’s Nazi Party,” had gathered at a city park to march under 
police protection. Organizers said they were demonstrating against black 
gangs they said were harassing white residents.

Violence broke out about one-quarter of a mile away along the planned march 
route shortly before it was to begin. One group of men pounded on a 
convenience store, and others overturned vehicles. There was a report of a 
shooting but police hadn’t found a victim, Police Chief Mike Navarre said.

Tear gas, flash bombs used to disperse crowd

About 150 police officers chased bands of young men through the area. 
Officers wearing gas masks fired tear gas canisters and flash-bang devices 
designed to stun suspects, but the groups continued throwing rocks and 
bottles. Several officers and firefighters suffered minor injuries, Navarre 
said. At one point, the crowd reached 600 people, officials said.

Finally, police marched shoulder-to-shoulder down the street shouting to 
people to stay inside, and the crowd of several hundred broke up.

“We frankly could have made a couple hundred arrests easily,” Navarre said. 
“We just didn’t have the resources on hand to arrest all of them.”

The mayor had appealed to residents the night before to ignore the march. He 
said the city wouldn’t give the Nazi group a permit to march in the streets 
but couldn’t stop them from walking on the sidewalks.

Violence blamed on gang members

When the rioting broke out, Ford tried to negotiate with those involved, but 
“they weren’t interested in that.”

He said they were mostly “gang members who had real or imagined grievances 
and took it as an opportunity to speak in their own way.”

“I am disappointed that some folks who clearly are not strong citizens to 
begin with took this opportunity to make this statement,” Ford said. “I was 
chagrined that there were obvious mothers and children in the crowd with 
them. Several intimated that they had guns.”

Thomas Frisch, 76, said a large group of men destroyed the exterior of a gas 
station next to his home of 30 years.

“A whole big gang started to come in here. Next thing you know, they’re 
jumping on the car. Then they overturned it. Then they started on the 
building, breaking windows, ripping the bars off,” he said.

Louis Ratajski, 86, and his nephew, Terry Rybczynski, left Jim & Lou’s Bar 
as a crowd gathered in front pelting police with rocks and breaking the 
windows. They climbed down a fire escape from the apartment where Ratajski 
lived over the bar and only later saw the fire on television.

“I was shaking. I feared for my life.” Rybczynski said.

Keith White, a black resident, criticized city officials for allowing the 
march in the first place.

“They let them come here and expect this not to happen?” said White, 29.

A spokesman for the National Socialist Movement blamed police for losing 
control of the situation.

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