gonzo: neo nazis vs anarchists in phoenix

Posted: 14/11/2010 in gonzo
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On November 13, 2010, I was caught in the middle of a struggle between two minority groups in Arizona that resulted in injuries to many, including myself. The National Socialist Movement, represented by a few dozen people sporting shaved heads and swastikas (for the most part), planned a march to protest illegal immigration, among other issues. Out to meet these Neo Nazis were the Anarchists, sporting black and pink. The police were required to escort the Neo Nazis down the street, but the Anarchists and other groups refused to budge for the “racist scum.” Unfortunately for the Anarchists and bystanders like myself, the police have a way of making people move, and it typically involves riot shields, pushing, tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets. Things started to get violent after rocks and other objects were thrown by the Anarchists into the police and Neo Nazi entourage. I caught a face full of pepper spray, even though I was off of the street, peaceably assembled on the sidewalk, recording the unfolding of events. I continued to shoot footage despite the burning sensation, until tear gas caused me to lose my breath and I stopped recording to seek medical attention. After medics had treated me with a good dose of vinegar and milk to neutralize the pepper spray in my face, I was able to report a bit of what went down in Phoenix on November 13, 2010, in this video.

More footage is on the way, as fast as I can put together a workable package.


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