Approximately 30 members of the National Socialist Movement–self-proclaimed Neo-Nazis–marched through the streets of Washington DC, Saturday, setting off a host of counter protests near the capitol.
VOICEOVER: With security tight and tensions high, about 30 members of the National Socialist Movement, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi group, took to the streets of Washington, DC, Saturday, vowing to march to the Capitol with a message for the government.
JEFF SCHOEP, SOCIAL MOVEMENT COMMANDER: Nobody in America wants the illegals here, no one, except for these corrupt politicians in that building right there.
VOICEOVER: But it was a message not well received by the much larger crowd following the procession.
MARCO DEL FUGEO, COUNTER PROTESTER: They promote violence and hate towards our community, in this case Latin American immigrants. And we’re here to tell them that we won’t stand for that hate.
VOICEOVER: The day would soon turn violent, as a chaotic scene broke out on the lawn of the National Mall, forcing police to use aggressive measures to try to restrain counter-demonstrators. It was a day many bystanders said they didn’t understand.
DANIEL CHAPMAN, BYSTANDER: I think it’s kind of ironic that 30 people are warranting this much fuss.
VOICEOVER: [inaudible] say five people not associated with the neo-Nazis were arrested protesting the group’s march. Mike Fritz, the Associated Press.
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