Neo-Nazis Protesting Undocumented Immigrants Face Off Against Counter-Protestors in Pomona
An anti-undocumented immigrant protest organized by neo-Nazis faced off against a much larger crowd of counter-protestors at Pomona's civic center yesterday.
The face-off was tense but mostly peaceful. There were no injuries or arrests. Counter-protestors outnumbered the neo-Nazis by six to one, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.
Several police departments and sheriff's deputies showed up with riot gear and horses. From a video shot by the Tribune below, it looks like most of law enforcement's focus was on protecting the neo-Nazis, who were chanting of "sieg heil," "immigrants go home," and "illegals out." Sixty members of the National Social Movement dressed up in military-style uniforms and carried flags bearing swastikas as they were escorted into the area by dozens of police officers, the Tribune reported.
Counter protestors pelted objects at them, and cursed the law enforcement officers protecting them. The Tribune reported that counter-protestors had their own chants: "Nazis go home," and "What do we want? Dead Nazis. When do we want them? Now."
An "Occupy" banner was unfurled on the counter-protestor side, which perhaps explains the huge numbers of counter-demonstrators (and why they were angry at being told to leave the sidewalk at a specified hour).
Watch the tense, dramatic face-off in the video below: