Columbia Reacts to NSM March
The march is scheduled to go through downtown Columbia Saturday. Many organizations plan to have counter-protests in other parts of town. One website is even collecting donations which will go to groups that the NSM members hope to shake-up.
Community leaders from across Columbia and beyond are urging residents to ignore the march. Ignoring the march may be difficult to some in such a compassionate area but the wait is becoming easier as more groups plan positive community events.
The permit filed by the National Socialist Movement allows them to march in downtown Columbia for much of the afternoon.
KOMU spoke with a representative from the NSM who would identify himself only as Colonel Bishop, he says he hopes people on both sides of the issue get through the afternoon safely.
"I don't want to see anyone get hurt, I don't want to see anyone in the opposition get hurt," Bishop said.
MU sociologist John Galliher says a clash works in the group's favor.
"That's exactly what they have in mind. So they can become the victims and so they can say 'ya see what we're up against here," said Galliher.
The Missouri unit of the NSM says it's protesting the Marxsist policies of MU and its journalism school, Bishop said this weekend's event protests all colleges and universities in the U.S.
KOMU continues to report on events and opportunities for mid-Missouri to speak out in a positive manner prior to and during the NSM march. The links at right will lead you to additional stories and resources to improve your view.
Stay tuned to KOMU News and KOMU.com for the latest information on this developing story.