Protestors Outnumber Nazis Thirty to One – Photos of the Counter Demonstration
by Larry Janezich
A small group of 12 Neo-Nazis who had secured a demonstration and marching permit elicited a protest of several hundred strong and a large Metropolitan, U.S. Park and U.S. Capitol Police presence of well more than a hundred officers and dozens of squad cars. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander was on hand to oversee police operations.
The Nazis arrived by bus at Lincoln Park just past noon and were greeted by jeers, taunts and chants from protesters gathered on the corners of 11th and East Capitol Streets. The Nazis started out for the Capitol about 12:20pm, with six mounted police clearing their path forward, their flanks lined by Metropolitan Police on bicycles and motorcycles who warned march protestors to stay on the sidewalks. Protesters halted the march three times on East Capitol, at 9th, 8th, and 7th Streets each time dispersing after hearing a warning that they were in violation and subject to arrest. Police were ready with paddy wagons and plastic handcuffs but rather than arresting protestors on the final attempt to halt the march, disbursed them with mounted police.