Nazis Want Injunction
The American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP) says it is preparing to sue the city of Cincinnati to ensure it can march through Over-the-Rhine.
The city plans to force the group to march elsewhere, according to Meg Olberding, spokesman for the city.
“The city has a right to protect the public, so the law allows us to affect the time, place and manner,” she says. “The permit application does not have anything that would indicate what the nature of the march is. But when the city manager received the content of their press release and that they intend to march through a predominantly African-American neighborhood, we believe it is in the interest of public safety that they not march there.”
Olberding says the city hasn’t decided on the alternate route.
The ANSWP wants to march from 13th and Sycamore streets to Washington Park, according to ANSWP Commander Bill White of Roanoke, Va. White says the Cincinnati Police Department has confirmed by telephone that the group can march but hasn’t issued anything in writing.
“We intend to seek an injunction to prevent any changes,” he says. “My counsel here in Virginia just pulled the Martindale-Hubbell (legal directory) for Cincinnati and we will have an attorney retained in very short order.”
The party also wants the injunction to ensure it can use amplified sound during the sidewalk march.
The Nazis plan to march at noon April 20, the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s birth, and hold a rally in the park. But the group’s own announcement acknowledges few participants are likely.
“We’re not looking to bring a crowd,” White said in a statement released yesterday. “We’re just going to be a couple of white guys marching down a street that the black animals and the Jew press say white people can’t walk on.”
White, 29, is a real estate investor in Roanoke. Last year he organized a rally in Toledo that led to violent counter-demonstrations.
— Gregory Flannery