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60 arrested in Toledo riot after Nazi march cancelled

[JURIST] Toledo Ohio police arrested at least 60 people Saturday after rioting broke out following the cancellation of a planned march by American Nazis through a Toledo neighborhood. The march by the National Socialist Movement, which calls itself "America's Nazi Party", had been organized to highlight what party members called "black criminal behavior" in a neighborhood dispute. A number of Nazis gathered for the march, but that was cancelled before it ever took place, and the violence largely broke out between angry residents and the police. A crowd of some 500 threw rocks at police and were met with tear gas as police reinforcements converged on the area. Toledo Mayor Jack Ford [official profile] came to the scene and tried to disperse the crowd, addressing them over a loud-hailer, only to be met with curses and at least one threat to shoot him. Several businesses and cars were set on fire and a number of officers were injured before the riot was brought under control in the late afternoon. Ford declared an 8 PM curfew, and the city appeared calm but shaken Sunday. The National Socialist Movement offers its version of events [NSM release]. The Toledo Blade has local coverage.

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