Springfield, Oregon, April 25th.
Springfield Police made no arrests after monitoring a verbal exchange between a group of National Socialists and a group of anti-fascist counter protesters in Oregon.
Dozens of people gathered to protest Monday night near the home of a man who drove a pickup emblazoned with a swastika into the heart of the University of Oregon campus on Hitler’s birthday, Springfield Police said.
Jimmy Marr led a group of about eight NS activists, and a group of counter-protesters formed in front of his home, police said.
Lt. Scott McKee said the situation had the potential of being volatile as both groups exchanged words with each other.
Newly appointed Police Chief Rick Lewis had officers briefly close the street while he spoke to both sides.
The Eugene Register-Guard reports the confrontation began Monday night after news of a planned neo-Nazi meeting leaked on social media.
About 30 to 40 anti-fascist counter protesters showed up and chanted from across the street.
Police say the incident broke up about two hours after it began, with members of the NS group yelling “Good night, left side” to Antifa.
McKee said Marr’s home is known for the display of Nazi symbols. He was arrested in September on a charge of disorderly conduct after police say he mounted loudspeakers on the roof of his Springfield home and broadcast pro-hate messages during an anti-hate rally taking place at a nearby public park.