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Counter-rally planned to weekend neo-Nazi demo

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

This weekend a group of neo-Nazi's plan to rally in Kansas City to get their message out, but others are working to make sure a very different message about the group is heard.

In order to ensure safety during the National Socialist Movement rally, Kansas City police said they will extra enact security measures.

KCTV5's Heather Staggers spoke with the regional director of the National Socialists Movement or the NSM about the pro-white rally coming to Kansas City Saturday on the court house steps. He said they don't condone violence. But another leader, from a human rights' organization, said people shouldn't believe the hype.

"You've reached the National Socialists Movement. We are the only political party in America dedicated to white interests and the proud heritage that our nation was founded upon," said the voicemail recording for NSM. "We as Americans have a heroic history, brave men like George Washington once liberated our nation from an occupational government. Currently, with so-called ‘political correctness' white Americans no longer have any mainstream champions in Washington DC. That all changes today and it begins with you White America. White America's solution to the problem is the National Socialists Movement. If you are tired of listening to phony politicians lying to you about no-win wars and you wonder why our borders here at home in America are left undefended for every third-world invader to come in and ruin the American dream, then come stand with us today. We refuse to let our nation become one giant Alamo…and remember, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."

The National Socialists Movement is the organization planning to hold a rally this Saturday on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse.

Regional Director Buddy Rumble said his group has gotten a bad rep.

"We're neo-Nazis. We are the new movement. We are not the past Nazi Germany. We take their ideas, what took Nazi Germany out of their great depression and put them on the track of being a rich nation," he said.

Rumble said his group will be gathering with other pro-white organizations to march about immigration reform, but it won't promote violence.

"They label the NMS as a hate group and, in our rules and by-laws, we do not condone violence," he said.

But others don't agree.

"It's intended as a slap in the face. This business that they are not racist is just nonsense," said Leonard Zeskind with the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights.

Zeskind said the neo-Nazis wear Nazi uniforms and support Nazi ideology. He said even the date, Nov. 9, they have chosen for the rally is no coincidence.

"It's the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. The night the Nazis in Germany went after the Jews big time…murdered hundreds, sent 30,000 people to concentration camps, burned synagogues, burned homes," he said.

Zeskind said, while the NSM has their rally, his organization will hold another rally at the same time at the Liberty Memorial.

"It's an important event for Kansas City to stand up and say no to these people. We can't just pretend they don't exist," he said.

Rumble said only whites can join the National Socialists Movement and that is their right.

"Anybody can be a nationalists, we're just white nationalists," he said.

But Zeskind, who sits on the Jewish Relations Bureau and the NAACP committee, said human rights are for everyone.

"Our freedom of speech says people of all color, all races, all religions should stand up and say no to Nazis," he said.

Both rallies begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The human rights' organization will hold theirs at Liberty Memorial, the NSM rally will be on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse. People with NSM said they want to avoid a confrontation.

The police department said they support everyone's First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble and protest, but they will also be securing the NSM rally area and prohibiting several items to make the environment as safe as possible.

All people entering into the designated areas will be screened for any type of prohibitive item on their person. These prohibited items include but are not limited to the following:

  • Any type of firearm regardless of permit.
  • Backpack or any other type of bag/purse, etc.
  • Cooler
  • Baby carriage/stroller/car seat
  • Wagon/cart
  • No poles of any type material, wooden sticks, etc. attached to a flag or sign - or for any other use
  • No personal defense sprays (OC, CS, etc.) regardless of the size of the container
  • No aerosol spray cans of any type
  • No liquid containers, including water bottles
  • Knives of any type
  • Padlocks, chains, cable, rope, etc.
  • Any item which could be used as a projectile (ball, rock, etc.)
  • Portable heaters
  • Any portable bullhorn/speaker/annunciation device in which the user has not obtained a permit for the use of said device from the City of KCMO for this specific Rally.
  • Any other item deemed by the police as having the potential to be used as a weapon.

There will be specific entry points into the designated rally site where persons entering into the areas will be screened by uniformed police officers. Persons attempting to enter into the rally site with any of the above indicated items will be refused entry into the site. All prohibited materials will need to be secured away from the rally site. Any property left unattended at the rally site will be disposed of in accordance with Police Department Policy.

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