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Florida: Neo-Nazi rally disrupts conservative conference

Florida: Neo-Nazi rally disrupts conservative conference

Neo-Nazi protesters gathered outside a conservative conference in Florida on Saturday, where they displayed swastikas and handed out giveaways anti-Semitic.

Dozens of protesters waved Nazi flags and swastikas, displayed anti-Semitic cartoons and distributed anti-Semitic fliers outside the building where the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit was being held in Tampa.

Summit attendees included former US President Donald Trump, who headlined the event, and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene.

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Turning Point USA told Business Insider it had no ties to the Nazi group, which carried banners that read “DeSantis Country,” a reference to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who is seen as a potential future presidential candidate. presidency.

The organization said it was unable to evacuate the activists because they were standing on the public road.

Local media outlet Creative Loafing Tampa Bay reported that some members of the group handed out fliers stating that “every aspect of abortion is Jewish. »

The leaflets were distributed by activists from the Goyim Defense League, an organization the Anti-Defamation League has identified as being behind dozens of acts of anti-Semitic propaganda in 2021.

Florida Holocaust Memorial Director Mike Igel said in a statement Sunday that “openly and proudly displaying genocide symbols poses a direct threat to the Jewish community. »

“Flying the Nazi flag, or that of the SS, the organization responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the Holocaust, is an act of pure hatred that is indefensible,” he said.

“Everyone should feel concerned,” he added, before calling for a general condemnation of the activists.

Former Florida Governor, U.S. Representative Charlie Crist, whose district is home to the Florida Holocaust Memorial, said “the reprehensible anti-Semitic hatred and neo-Nazi protests that took place over the weekend have their place nowhere in our state. »

DeSantis, failing to immediately condemn the incident, was accused of “coddling anti-Semitism.”

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