On Saturday, November 5th, the Pennsylvania capital of Harrisberg had about 50 neo-Nazis from the National Socialist Movement descend on it for a planned rally. This bi-annual “Rally Against Diversity” was one of the ways that the NSM attempts to show their presence in the state. As expected, the 50 Nazis had their Confederate flags overwhelmed by over 200 anti-fascist counter protesters.
In opposition to the NSM action another “Speak Up for Unity” rally was held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Harrisburg High School Auditorium. This brought hundreds out, yet away from direct confrontation with the NSM. The police had well prepared for counter protesters as they defended the Nazis with barricades, bringing in extra officers to ensure that no violent confrontations occurred. It was clear that there was a strong sense that the police had protected the Nazis while refusing to side with the anti-racist community members present.
Despite the police presence their were brief scuffles between Nazis and anti-fascist protesters, who were overwhelming the racist contingent. So far there are no reports about if there were any injuries, to Nazis or to anti-fascist counter protesters.
A number of organizations had committed to joining the anti-fascist contingent, including the Black Rose / Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation and various Antifa organizations.