The Creativity Movement, an offshoot of the Neo-Nazi group World Church of the Creator, planned to stage a protest during the unveiling ceremony of the Holocaust Memorial on the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse on Monday. But the presence of counter-demonstrators with anti-racism signs and regalia seems to have dissuaded them.
The counter-demonstration was organized by the central Ohio chapter of Anti-Racist Action. Many of the nearly 40 supporters came in response to Columbus Free Press coverage of the Creativity Movement's clandestine plans to protest.
Columbus police and state highway patrol put up barricades, permitting only invited guests onto the Statehouse west lawn for the dedication ceremony. Members of the Creativity Movement kept to the periphery outside the barricades, and didn't coalesce into a protest.
"The few who showed their faces soon disappeared into the ether after dropping some fliers on the ground in a pile," said Verbz Vegas of International Socialist Organization – Columbus. "We made sure they made it right to the recycling.
"It's always nice to see folks from Anti Racist Action and good people in general coming out to stand against hate," Vegas said.
To listen to JP Marat's interviews with several of the counter-demonstrators in between alternative music programming, go to the June 5 podcast of Big Barking Dog on WCRS Columbus Community Radio.