California Court Upholds ‘right’ of Nazis to Rally Against Civil Rights

A Superior Court decision sustaining the right of the American Nazi Party to hold rallies on public property cleared the way today for three such rallies scheduled to be held Wednesday in southern California. The rallies are slated to protest the August 28 March on Washington in support of President Kennedy’s civil rights legislation.

The Nazis were represented in Superior Court by the American Civil Liberties Union. Ralph Forbes, head of the “western division” of the Nazi group, said the group had no money for private counsel. Membership of the party in Los Angeles county is estimated at about 13 persons.

Superior Judge Alfred Gitelson issued a preliminary injunction to prevent the city of Redondo Beach from stopping a Nazi rally there. Forbes said the Nazis would hold rallies on Wednesday at separate times in Burbank Hermosa Beach and Los Alamitos. He added that other groups participating in the counter-demonstrations will be the “Fighting American Nationalists,” the “Keep America White Committee” and the “Nazi Party Women’s Auxiliary.”

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