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Friday, October 23, 2009

Libertarians Co-Sponsoring Another Riverside Anti-Nazi Rally Saturday

The Libertarian Party of Riverside County is co-sponsoring another anti-Nazi rally on Saturday Oct. 24 at 9 AM in Riverside. LP Riverside Vice Chair Gene Berkman spoke at the earlier Sep. 26 rally. Here is the media release for the rally:

With new organizational sponsors from as far away as Los Angeles, organizers of the October 24 Riverside Rally Against Hate are preparing for a larger crowd than originally expected. "We have been saying that we expect 400 people, but now that the word is spreading and the response is so positive, we went over arrangements yesterday to make sure that hundreds more will fit in the selected venues," says Kevin Akin, chair of the organizing committee. The rally was called by a broad coalition of community organizations to counter an announced appearance on that date by the Nazis of the so-called "National Socialist Movement" (NSM).

As the community rally gets underway by 10 am along the sidewalks at Indiana Avenue and Madison Street, a picnic for children and parents will begin at the bandstand on the south side of Villegas Park nearby. "When the Nazis leave, the people at our rally will march to Villegas Park and join the children for a victory rally with music," reports Akin. Participants are urged to bring a can or box of food to Villegas Park for a collection for local food banks before walking to the rally, and park their cars at the south end of the park or in the neighborhood south of the park. Akin says that rally participants should not park along Marguerita or in the northwest parking lot at Villegas Park, to avoid interfering with a flag football tournament there the same day. Also, "People should not park near the corner of Indiana and Madison, and we ask everyone not to park in the lots of local businesses."

Akin also reports that the rally organizers have had daily contact with the Riverside Police Department, and he has "every confidence that the RPD will be able to prevent any Nazi attack on our peaceful rally."

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