Anti-racist groups rally outside courthouse for neo-Nazi trial
Confronting neo-Nazis in public
Members of that group – who wore masks on their faces – said they have protested outside many neo-Nazi trials before, and handed out pamphlets explaining their actions as well as why they were wearing face-coverings.
“Whenever fascists are organizing or active in public, we're there,” their pamphlet said. “We don't believe in ignoring them or staying away from them... Nip it in the bud.
“To protect our safety, we sometimes choose to wear masks so that we don't have to worry about fascist attacks based on identifying us or people close to us, outside of an action.”
Former Vancouver school trustee Jane Bouey attended the rally and said it's important for Vancouverites to speak out whenever white supremacists organize. She called on police to invest more resources into investigating hate groups and charging them.
“We need to do what we can to expose racism, both organized racism like this, but also systemic racism,” Bouey told the Vancouver Observer. “We need to educate people about what is going on – I think a lot of people don't know that these organizations exist – and try to pressure the government to take the neo-Nazi movement more seriously, and understand the danger it represents to all people.”
First Nations speak out in support
Before the rally wrapped up, Kat Norris of the Indigenous Action Movement – which helped publicize the demonstration – spoke about connections with First Nations struggles.
“I'm here to support the victims of assaults by the so-called white supremacists,” Norris told the Vancouver Observer.
“I'm outraged at people who assume a level of privilege based only on the colour of their skin. Everyone has a right to live and be on this earth, regardless of your skin colour.