Neo-Nazi March to Support AZ Immigration Law Turns Violent (VIDEO)
A protest in Phoenix turned violent when a riot broke out during a Neo-Nazis march in support of the state’s controversial immigration policies.
The largest Neo-Nazi group in America, the National Socialist Movement, marched in downtown Phoenix to the federal courthouse over the weekend. Over 100 people showed up in protest of the marchers. At one point, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson, the protestors even placed newspaper stands in the street ahead of the Neo-Nazi marchers.
While chanting slogans, the marchers carried American flags partially covered in swastikas.
Police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd when forced to intervene when the situation between the member of the NSM and protestors escalated. Two anti-Nazi demonstrators were arrested for throwing rocks at police officers attempting to defuse the encounter.
Anti-Nazi demonstrators backed off and NSM members moved through the city, after hours of violent altercations where chemical spray, gas and rubber bullets were used by police officers. Many anti-Nazi demonstrators and NSM members were wounded through the afternoon.
“You don’t have to like us but you can’t throw things,” said march organizer JT Ready.
Thompson said officers escorted the marchers to the courthouse and, once several people made statements, the officers escorted the group away.
“Whether we agree with them or not we have to protect the marchers,” Thompson said.
WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE