Neo-Nazis cancelled their planned armed march on Whitefish, Montana, to harass the local Jewish community.
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Andrew Anglin, the organizer of the march, announced that he is canceling the march, scheduled for January 16, because he couldn’t get a permit for the march from the city.
Whitefish is home to the so-called alt-right leader Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist think tank. He recently spoke at a white supremacist event in Washington celebrating President-elect Donald Trump’s victory. At the event, Spencer said “Hail Trump!” and was greeted by Nazi salutes.
Neo-Nazis announced their intentions to hold an armed march against the Jewish community in Whitefish as part of a series of other attacks on the local Jewish community. The actions started after Spencer's mother said that a Jewish real estate agent pressured her to sell a building she owns in Whitefish.
On the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, Anglin promised to have the march at a later date but made no concrete plans. “We will of course be rescheduling, probably for some time in February, and the march will be bigger and have more guns and special guests than we originally planned,” he said.
On Tuesday, Anglin stated on his website that he may need to postpone the march, because he couldn't comply with the bureaucratic demands of the city, such as submitting a certificate of insurance, but promised to try to still obtain the Permit.
At the beginning of the week, Whitefish city manager Chuck Stearns told local TV channel KPAX that even if the organazers of the march are not granted a permit, the city is still preparing. “We kind of have to plan as if they might show up. It would be unlawful and we would try to control it, but people can do things we don't expect."