An anti-Kennedy demonstration by uniformed. “storm-troopers” of Lincoln Rockwell’s Nazi Party, in front of the National Democratic Headquarters here today led to a near-riot and the arrest of Rockwell and six of his swastika-wearing Nazis. It was the second demonstration of the kind in two days.
The Nazis carried placards proclaiming “Nazis for Nixon” and “kikes for Kennedy.” A crowd of more than 500 became incensed, and a riot appeared imminent as police squads and FBI agents stood by. Police finally broke up the picketing, described as the most notorious and public injection of religious bigotry yet to occur in the election campaign.
Typical of the provocative signs of the picket line was a placard stating: “FDR and JFK means Jew deal.” Police sought to avert violence as the mounting crowd shouted protests against the signs.
Clark King, chief prosecutor for the District of Columbia, said Rockwell and six of his men, arrested by police as a result of today’s demonstration, would be tried October 20.
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