Neo-Nazis Protest Immigration in Phoenix, Get Out-shouted by Reasonable People Who Came to Protest Them
Arizona neo-Nazis got quite a surprise when they showed up in Phoenix Saturday to demonstrate against illegal immigration: they were outnumbered by people who came to demonstrate against them. According to the Arizona Free Republic, a sizable (and ethnically diverse) crowd made sure the neo-Nazis knew they weren’t welcome in the capitol.
Among the counter-protesters was Andy Hernandez, who said his intention was to peacefully disrupt a totalitarian ideology.
"We represent America," he said. "We didn't shut them down, but we gave them a counter protest. We just oppose what Nazi represents."
Phoenix police kept the two groups from exchanging anything more than insults, and the neo-Nazis disbanded after about an hour.
Many had disguised their faces and carried American flags. The goal for NSM's protest, according to one of the group's leaders, was to stand "in defense of America."
Apparently, they hadn't expected America to defend itself.