White civil rights groups rally in Williamsport canceled again due to COVID-19 – PennLive

Posted By on June 13, 2020

WILLIAMSPORT The July 18 National Socialist Movement (NSM) rally in Williamsport has been canceled but the organization says it is exploring several options.

Mayor Derek Slaughter has denied permits for all mass gatherings during July due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Police Chief Damon Hagan said.

We are exploring several options at this point including going across the line into New York State or Ohio, regional Commander Bert Colucci said Wednesday.

He did not rule out scheduling an event in Williamsport in the future. A July 17 rally in Ulysses in Potter County still is planned, he said.

This was the second time the neo-Nazi organization has had to cancel a Williamsport rally due to the coronavirus. The first was April 18.

Announcement of the rallies sparked a debate whether Williamsport was required by the First Amendment to grant a permit for use of a city park.

The Anti-Defamation League condemned what it called NSMs attempt to bring hate into Pennsylvania.

The NSM claims it does not advocate violence and Colucci has posted on his commanders webpage this statement: I want it made perfectly clear to all of our members, supporters, prospective members, readers, etc. that the National Socialist Movement condemns illegal actions and in such we do not endorse any acts of violence or terrorism.

The NSM is a white civil rights movement that adheres to political activism and a legal means to restore America to its former glory.

Acts of violence or terrorism against America or its citizens is unacceptable and not tolerated within the ranks of the National Socialist Movement.

Those of you who are party members,know that the NSM operates within the laws of the United States and those that break serious laws will be expelled from our ranks.

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