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Toledo: "They Shall Not Pass, And He Shall Not Rest"

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  • Steven L. Robinson
    ( I found this on another list. It includes, inter alia, a first hand account of the Toledo Rebellion.SR) ****************** AFWAT Declares Long and Steady War
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 18 7:43 PM
      ( I found this on another list. It includes, inter alia, a first hand
      account of
      the Toledo Rebellion.SR)

      ******************
      AFWAT Declares Long and Steady War Against Bill White:
      "They Shall Not Pass, And He Shall Not Rest"

      Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

      In honor of the Toledo Rebellion against racism and fascism this past
      Saturday, Anti-Fascist Weapons And Tactics (AFWAT) hijacked and either
      re-routed or took down the following white power websites as of the early
      morning hours of Tuesday, October 18th, 2005:

      overthrow.com <http://overthrow.com>
      overthrow.ws <http://overthrow.ws>
      shop-white.com <http://shop-white.com>
      shop-white.net <http://shop-white.net>
      shop-white.org <http://shop-white.org>
      shopwhite.org <http://shopwhite.org>
      white2002.com <http://white2002.com>
      whitepolitics.com <http://whitepolitics.com>
      whitewebpublishing.com <http://whitewebpublishing.com>

      All of these websites are owned and operated by William "Bill" White, the
      neo-nazi egomaniac spokesperson of the National Socialist Movement (NSM),
      the group which attempted to march through north Toledo this past weekend,
      but was militantly shut down by the residents of the city of Toledo, backed
      up by anti-fascists from across the United States and Canada. An account of
      the Toledo Rebellion, by a person unassociated with AFWAT, follows this
      release for informational and contextual purposes.

      White has been attempting to wage a propaganda war since the Toledo
      Rebellion, continuing his violent and racist diatribes against the Black
      community, against immigrant communities, against leftist youth, and against
      all anti-racists who were brave enough to stand up and fight back against
      neo-nazi organizing in their streets, and the cops who protect them. He
      believes that between his outright lunacy and penchant for writing
      make-believe stories that he can gain further supporters to his cause.

      Unfortunately the home of his craziness (his precious websites) being down
      will cause him to lose significant opportunities to get his message out.

      This time he has bitten off way more than he can chew.

      The Rebellion has now left Toledo, and it is going to follow White wherever
      he goes.

      As fascists usually do, White and the NSM have tried to put a happy face on
      their consecutive losses in order to deter any sign that their end is near.

      Instead of facing the reality that the community of Toledo successfully
      rejected them in a militant fashion, and also fought back against years of
      police brutality, the NSM has attempted to count the Rebellion as a
      "victory" due to the fact that rioting took place. Such a leap of logic is
      bizarre, and hence we challenge White to put out a positive outlook on yet
      another defeat to see if he can match his earlier amazing level of idiocy:
      his main propaganda sources, his nine websites and associated white power
      companies, are now shut down. Please, tell us how this is another
      "victory"for the neo-nazi movement.

      White has issued the following email in regards to his websites being
      stolen:
      -----
      Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 18:13:02 -0700 (PDT)
      From: "Bill White" <dhyphen@...>
      Subject: Re: Confirmation of E-mail Address Change
      To: customerservice@...
      As I mentioned yesterday, someone stole this website.
      My attorney, Mr John H Kennett, Jr of Roanoke, VA, will be calling tomorrow.
      I have a private detective in Charlottesville working right now to find
      [edited].
      Bill
      Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 16:43:36 -0700 (PDT)
      From: "Bill White" <nsmroanoke@...>
      Subject: Overthrow.com <http://Overthrow.com>
      To: [edited]
      You've got my domain name. Did you steal it or did someone steal it in your
      name?
      Bill
      -----
      We're well aware that a sociopath such as White feeds off of any attention
      shown him, be it good or bad. And, while he may enjoy this latest chance to
      play the victim, we can reassure everyone reading this that this most recent
      attack on him by AFWAT is the first in a campaign set to target him, and the
      NSM, but most specifically White. By the time it is over, we're confident he
      won't enjoy being so popular anymore. Even sociopaths have limits as to how
      much they can take. In fact, why not get started now? Buy a cheap phonecard,
      and when out having a few drinks with a few friends, be sure to make more
      than a few calls to White. You can reach him anytime, day or night, at (540)
      798-1393, or even drop by to visit him at the Summit Apartments in Roanoke,
      VA. Helping him with a new paint job on his car is also welcome, just be on
      the lookout for a Toyota Solara with Maryland license plates reading "LWS
      540".

      Finally, and most importantly, we would like to thank all our brothers and
      sisters in the struggle against the far-right. In the memory of our fallen
      comrades, and in the spirit of victories to come, we continue our work and
      make sacrifices everyday to combat systemic and fringe hatred - be it
      racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, classism, or
      xenophobia. Stay true, stay antifa! ¡Venceremos! We will win!
      This action is dedicated to the revolutionary anti-racist citizens of North
      Toledo; our strongest solidarity goes out to you!

      Anti-Fascist Weapons And Tactics (AFWAT) - ¡No Pasarán! - They Shall Not
      Pass!
      Past actions by AFWAT:

      - Chester Doles supporter webpage hacked and benefit show wrecked; summer
      2003
      - Steve Smith of the NAAWP and KSS shown to be a paedophile; fall 2004
      - National Alliance and National Vanguard websites "downed"; spring 2005
      -----
      Toledo Community Prevents NSM March, Fights Back Against Racist Police

      On October 15th, 2005 the National Socialist Movement (NSM) held a picket
      and march in northern Toledo, Ohio. The neighborhood the NSM planned to
      march in is an economically depressed predominately black area policed by a
      mainly white police force. The event was protested by members of various
      Anti-Racist Action chapters, the International Socialist Organization, and
      large numbers of people from the community itself. The ISO was dedicated to
      a non-violent approach while ARA was dedicated to disrupting the nazi march
      as much as possible. The nazis were forced to cancel their march after
      widespead rioting by members of the community.

      Tensions were high that day, as large members of the community had stated
      they intended to disrupt the nazi march. Racial tensions were already high
      in the neighborhood as one white resident reportedly invited the NSM to have
      a rally there against "black violence" against him and other white members
      of the community. The community was angered by an already tense situation
      between the police and black members of the neighborhood and the city
      allowing a group of racists to insult them and march through their streets.

      The day started at around 10am as approximately 100 people including members
      of the community, the ISO, and ARA protested a group of about 7 nazis
      standing on the lawn of a local high school. They were protected by an
      all-white force of police officers, some armed with semi-automatic rifles.

      Many of the officers were smiling and eventually forced the protestors
      across the street and brought in officers on bikes and horses to block the
      crowd on the sidewalk. Protestors used their phones to call their friends
      and family to come down and join them, and their numbers swelled.

      As the nazis started their march people started throwing baseball-sized
      rocks at them and the police protecting them. The police were overwhelmed as
      the crowd surged forward and forced the nazis to retreat to their cars and
      leave the city. What followed was large-scale rioting against the police,
      with participants targeting police cars, media vehicles, and a military
      recruiter's vehicle.

      Participants of the riot against the police numbered at least a thousand,
      and the severely outnumbered police force was forced to retreat as they were
      charged and pelted with stones and bottles. Many community members armed
      themselves with shovels and makeshift shields.

      Police cars were destroyed and officers on bicycles were attacked as they
      tried to make arrests. Large numbers of riot police in a
      shoulder-to-shoulder formation were driven back by the surging crowd.

      Community members shouted "Power to the people!" as they forced the police
      to retreat from their neighborhood. The police retreated and left their
      vehicles behind to have their windows shattered by advancing rioters.

      The crowd was very diverse. Young and old, black and white fought together
      despite mainstream media claims that the participants were "mostly young
      black males" and "gang members". Whites and blacks fought side by side
      against the fascists and the police protecting them that day. Many
      anti-fascists who had come to counter the NSM joined with the community in
      their fight. It should be noted that the out of towners did not play an
      escalating role, and only played a supporting role in activities the
      community members were engaged in.

      Over 100 people were arrested, and mainstream media reports 12 police
      officers were injured, although the number is probably much higher. One
      officer was in the hospital with a concussion after a brick came through her
      window and hit her in the head. Several of the anti-racist participants were
      also injured. One person was struck by a police SUV with shattered windows
      as it tried to escape the barrage of stones. The protestor got away with
      minor injuries.

      The crowds dispersed later that day and the city declared a state of
      emergency and an 8pm curfew enforced on selected neighborhoods in the
      "problem" area. 20 people were arrested on curfew violations that night as
      over 100 officers patrolled the small neighborhood in North Toledo.

      The NSM planned on marching against "black violence" and said they would
      "stand up to the gangs" in the neighborhood. They showed that they are
      disorganized and weak. When large numbers of people come out to oppose them
      they put their tail between their legs and run home to Virginia. The
      fractured white supremacist movement must be opposed every day like they
      were in Toledo. They are weak, divided, and we must oppose them every time
      their show their faces in public.
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