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NSM Counter-Protest

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We proclaim, “Immigrants are welcome here!” as we return to our original location.


We are back at our original location, and while again waiting, a group of people played makeshift drums.

We are back at our original location, and while again waiting, a group of people played makeshift drums.


Back at our original location.  Back at our original location.

Back at our original location.

Back at our original location.  Back at our original location.


All the while, the people in the traveling clown troupe from Massachusetts continued to do their thing.  All the while, the people in the traveling clown troupe from Massachusetts continued to do their thing.

All the while, the people in the traveling clown troupe from Massachusetts continued to do their thing.


However, unlike the first time we spent time at this location, this time we had a stronger police presence, as cops had lined up around us on three sides, facing in, towards us.  However, unlike the first time we spent time at this location, this time we had a stronger police presence, as cops had lined up around us on three sides, facing in, towards us.

However, unlike the first time we spent time at this location, this time we had a stronger police presence, as cops had lined up around us on three sides, facing in, towards us.

However, unlike the first time we spent time at this location, this time we had a stronger police presence, as cops had lined up around us on three sides, facing in, towards us.


This actually made Isis and a few others a bit nervous, and so a number of us just up and left, with the intention of taking a little walk in order to hopefully defuse what was quickly looking to be a potentially volatile situation. We ended up walking up Madison Drive, on the north side of the National Mall, going east as far as 9th Street. There, we turned around, and followed Constitution Avenue back to our original location. And it seems that our little trick worked, as the police presence at “our” intersection was lighter when we returned.


Having returned to our original location, our group shouts, “Death, death, death to the Nazis! Power, power, power to the people!”


Members of the traveling clown troupe sing “I’ll Fly Away” as others keep the rhythm by clapping.


However, it was soon time for the main event. No more fooling around for us. The Nazis arrived in a police bus at 15th and Constitution. Emerging from the bus, we could see that they had a World War II-era Nazi flag, several flags featuring a design based on the American flag with a black swastika over it, several regular American flags, and the state flag of Illinois, interesingly enough. We were there to “greet” them, and remind them that Nazis are not welcome in our fair city.


Marching to the location of the police bus, while repeating the chant from earlier. This time, however, it was definitely the F-bomb that people were dropping.


What amazed me was the amount of police protection that the Nazis required. Normally, police presence at demonstrations is for stopping traffic ahead of marches, keeping demonstrators on route, and keeping demonstrators out of certain areas. For the Nazis, however, the police formed a wall around them on all sides. Ahead of their march, there was a row of police officers on horses. Then you had police officers in partial riot gear (helmets and sticks, but no padding or shields) on both sides, more cops in back, plus you had cops on bicycles and motorcycles all over the place.


This row of mounted police officers made up the front of the formation.

This row of mounted police officers made up the front of the formation.


The Nazis came off of this large blue police bus.

The Nazis came off of this large blue police bus.


The Nazis emerge.

The Nazis emerge.


Soon after the Nazis emerged, the police got into formation around the Nazis, and the march was ready to begin.  Soon after the Nazis emerged, the police got into formation around the Nazis, and the march was ready to begin.

Soon after the Nazis emerged, the police got into formation around the Nazis, and the march was ready to begin.


Taunting the Nazis as their march begins.


And the march began. Our group, for the most part formed as a black bloc, marched alongside them on the south side of Constitution Avenue. Our goal was to drown out their message. To that end, we blew air horns at times, and shouted, “Death, death, death to the Nazis!” and “Power, power, power to the people!” as well as the earlier “Hey, hey, ho, ho, these Nazi folks have got to go!” Additionally, more than one person pointed out that many of the police officers protecting the Nazis were people of color. How ironic for a hate group consisting of white-supremacist whack-jobs. Our counter-protest march alternated between the sidewalk and the street itself, depending on what obstructions were on both. We also attracted many tourists to our side – our counter-protest march got bigger as we proceeded, as garden-variety tourists joined us in our effort to drown out the Nazis.


The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.  The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.

The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis’ message was drowned out.

The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.  The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.

The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.  The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.

The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.  The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.

The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.  The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.

The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.  The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.

The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.  The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.

The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.  The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.

The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.  The march to the Capitol is underway with the Nazis in the street and our group on their south side, making sure that the Nazis' message was drowned out.

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