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Neo-Nazis Cancel Rally to Washington

.c The Associated Press

 By DERRILL HOLLY

WASHINGTON (AP) - A neo-Nazi group abruptly canceled its planned rally Saturday
in the nation's capital even though the city closed a number of streets and
spent an estimated $1 million on police to protect them, Metropolitan Police
Chief Charles Ramsey said.

Four members of the Knights of Freedom Nationalist Party showed up to take part
in the march in support of an Aryan homeland, Ramsey said. They told police who
were to escort them to the beginning of the parade route that they would not
march, he said.

The march was canceled because of huge counter demonstrations were planned and
``the media worked this thing up into a frenzy,'' said Jeff Krause, executive
vice president of the American Nationalist Party. ``We did not want any of our
people hurt,'' he said.

The group had a permit that would have allowed up to 300 supporters to march
six blocks along Pennsylvania Avenue and hold a rally in Lafayette Square - the
tiny park across the street from the White House.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department said Ramsey will ask the
district's legal staff to sue the American Nationalist Party, formerly the
Knights of Freedom, to recover the costs incurred for providing security for
the march and several counter protests.

Since the media is to blame, Krause said, a suit against the party would be
unfair.

City police and the United States Park Police deployed nearly 2,000 police
officers in riot gear in the downtown area to deal with potential problems that
never materialized. ``There also is an expectation that if you are going to do
this sort of thing that you follow through,'' Ramsey said noting that personnel
and equipment costs could exceed $1 million. ``The taxpayers ought to be
reimbursed,'' he said.

Authorities had worked on plans for controlling the neo-Nazi demonstration and
several counter protests for more than six weeks. Portions of more than a dozen
city blocks were closed for much of Saturday afternoon. ``Our plan of action
included street closures for the safety of the public,'' said Sgt. Robert
McClean, a spokesman for the U.S. Park Police, which has jurisdiction in the
vicinity of the White House. The area of blocked off to general public access
was similar to the security perimeter put in place for the NATO meeting earlier
this summer.

Police also used steel barricades to divide Lafayette Park into two fenced
perimeters where opposing demonstrators could express their views had
Saturday's demonstrations gone off as planned.

``We shut them down cold today, and that's exactly what we set out to do, ''
said Rami Elamine, an organizer of D.C. United to Stop the Nazi's. The ad hoc
coalition of community groups marched six blocks to Lafayette Square and held a
noisy anti-Nazi rally that became a victory celebration.

``I don't understand how all this ignorance festers,'' said Josh Trapp of
Jackson, Mississippi.

At another counter-rally at the Lincoln Memorial, Mayor Anthony Williams called
the planned neo-Nazi march a ``chilling reminder'' that at the start of the new
millennium people still want to spread hate.

There are still people who think their ``skin color gives them a mandate'' to
exclude others, Williams said. ``We must speak up and we must speak out against
hate now and always,'' he said.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton blasted the neo-Nazis as ``the ugliest part of
America.''

Reporter Jennifer Andes contributed to this report


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