Monday, February 27, 2006

It couldn't have turned out better!

Counter-protestors stand across from neo-Nazis who marched and tried to rally in downtown Orlando Saturday afternoon. Photo from the Orlando Sentinel.

The neo-Nazis couldn’t hear themselves over the jeers from more than 500 counter-demonstrators, so they shut down their Orlando rally 90 minutes early and left town.

About 20 members of the National Socialist Movement, some wearing khaki uniforms with swastika armbands, paraded through the historically black Parramore neighborhood on Saturday afternoon.

There was some pushing and shoving, and a fistfight or two. But mostly there were people who showed up to demonstrate that the Orlando community is even better than many of us thought.

Read the Orlando Sentinel story here.

Some of the headlines in other papers were disappointingly inaccurate: "Violence erupts in Orlando" and that kind of thing. That's really not what happened here.


At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Jen said...

I have to disagree. I think everyone should have ignored them. Their main purpose to march was not to upset people but to obtain media coverage. Those 17 counter-protestors that were arrested bought into their ploy. They made national headlines. I understand people wanting to show them that Orlando is not a hateful area, but I think the correct approach would have been to have the counter-protestors not present at all.

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Jacqueline Dowd said...

I been going back and forth on this for about a week. My first thought was that the best thing to do was ignore them. Then I started thinking about all the courageous people who have stood up for what's right.

But what tipped me back to your side was Fox News' report last night: Violence erupts in Orlando!

And that is, I s'poze, the lasting image of what happened here.


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