A digital flyer shared on-line not too long ago advertises a possible neo-Nazi/White Energy movement-associated demonstration. The date and tackle aren’t listed, however Orlando Weekly obtained ideas from a number of individuals suggesting it would occur over Labor Day weekend in Orlando.
The picture, which was despatched to Orlando Weekly employees a number of instances and has been discovered circulating on-line, publicizes a public demonstration organizers are calling “The March of the Purple Shirts,” citing organizers extremist teams the Goyim Protection League and Blood Tribe.
The Goyim Protection League is a hate group community of teams related by virulent anti-Semitism. The “league” contains 5 or 6 major organizations, adopted by dozens of supporters and 1000’s of on-line followers. They’re identified to share content material on-line depicting members harassing Jewish people with anti-Semitic slurs. The group is banned from nearly each social media website.
The Blood Tribe, stationed in Maine however making an attempt to achieve traction elsewhere within the U.S., is a neo-Nazi white supremacist group. The group, identified for sporting brilliant purple shirts and black ski masks, has been documented antagonizing anti-LGBTQ+ rallies and pushing adjunct groups to utilize Nazi symbols.
Each teams’ leaders, GDL’s Jon “Good-looking Fact” Minadeo and Blood Tribe’s Christopher “Hammer” Pohlhaus, are referenced within the flyer. Minadeo calls himself “AMERICA’S #1 ANTI SEMITE” and has been discovered attempting to groom children on video-chatting website Omegle. Pohlhaus is a Maine-based former marine who not too long ago bought land to create a camp for his neo-Nazi followers.
Whereas the 2 leaders differ, their anti-Semitic and white supremacist views intersect. They’ve been identified to work and organize events together, like this one.
The demonstration flyer doesn’t point out a selected date or location, however it’s suspected the demonstration might happen Saturday in downtown Orlando, in response to commenters on social media and ideas the OW workforce obtained.
The Anti-Defamation League’s Florida chapter has launched an advisory warning of the occasion. The advisory says the ADL Heart on Extremism has gathered intelligence that means the group could also be planning demonstrations over the Labor Day weekend.
ADL “expects the group will possible maintain a number of demonstrations in excessive visibility areas — resembling a sporting or leisure venue, freeway overpass, authorities constructing or in entrance of an LGBTQ+ venue or Jewish establishment — to be able to entice as a lot public and media consideration as doable. As well as, contributors might distribute white supremacist and antisemitic fliers and/or conduct banner drops.”
The advisory goes on to say that the occasion might see 100 to 150 contributors, doubtlessly consisting of equally motivated teams, together with NatSoc Florida, the Nationalist Social Membership (NSC-131) and White Lives Matter networks.
“Individuals will possible put on matching uniforms (purple shirts, black masks, and black pants), wave swastika flags, carry out (Adolf) Hitler salutes and shout issues like ‘There shall be blood’ and ‘White energy.’ Some contributors could also be armed and/or put on tactical gear. The Heart on Extremism isn’t conscious of any direct or particular threats of violence presently,” the ADL neighborhood advisory reads.
Orlando Weekly reached out to Orlando Police Division for remark, asking whether or not the division has heard concerning the alleged demonstration, how they plan to reply and whether or not residents and guests of Orlando ought to know forward of time.
OPD responded, “The Orlando Police Division is conscious.” They supplied Orlando Weekly no solutions to the questions despatched, nor any extra remark.
Based on the ADL, anti-Semitic incidents surged to historic ranges in 2022, with a complete of three,697 identified incidents reported throughout the U.S. That quantity represents a rise of 36 % in comparison with 2021, a beforehand record-setting yr.
And people incidents should not exceptional in Central Florida. Simply months in the past, Nazi demonstrators were seen waving Ron DeSantis signs and swastikas outdoors Disney World.
This can be a creating story. Orlando Weekly will replace this submit as extra data is revealed.