ASU students sprayed with tear gas at neo-Nazi protest

Photos by Evie Carpenter

Police sprayed crowds of protesters, including ASU students, with tear gas to create a clearing for neo-Nazi marchers on West Jefferson Street around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Multiple ASU students protesting and reporting at the scene were hit by some of the tear gas after about 100 counter-protesters formed a human blockade to stop 40 to 50 neo-Nazis from reaching the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse at North Fourth Avenue and West Washington Street.

One ambulance was at the scene.

Protesters gathered for the blockade around 1 p.m. at South Eighth Avenue and East Jefferson Street, where they threw cans at the neo-Nazis before the march began. Police used shields, tear gas and paintball guns to push the counter-protesters back as the neo-Nazis made their way to the courthouse.

The counter-protest blockade dispersed but followed the marchers down Jefferson Street. Police continued to use tear gas until the marchers made it to the courthouse.

About 50 police officers were present.

Police public information officers did not respond immediately to calls and officers at the scene were not available for comment.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: November 14, 2010

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse was located at North Fourth and West Washington streets, rather than at North Fourth Avenue and West Washington Street. Also, the story stated that protesters gathered at South Eighth and East Jefferson streets, rather than at South Eighth Avenue and East Jefferson Street. The story has been corrected to reflect the actual location of the courthouse and the area where protesters gathered.

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  1. The neo-Nazis are beginning to make these marches a pretty regular occurrence. They had one last year in November, too. It was really just a rally. The counter-protesters tried to stop them (which they’re not allowed to do) from marching to the courthouse, and the police helped them get there.

  2. You really and honestly think that there is free speech in the US? I was arrested for saying the word “bullshit” in Canandaigua, NY 5 years ago at an anti-Bush protest. F*** free speech anyways- if Nazis are going to come to Phoenix to say they want to kill minorities & immigrants, my friends and I will be there to shut them down before their hate becomes public policy. You don’t EVER let Nazis have the streets. Duh.

  3. Freedom of speech includes the freedom to protest and the streets must be free and safe for everyone.
    Why do some people believe that they have the right to assault anyone because they are walking on the streets or expressing their right to free speech.
    Alia Souiss–with your belief in your right to assault another human being, I really doubt you were arrested for simple speech. Physical assault is illegal.