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Police make arrests at neo-Nazi rally

Violence broke out at a neo-Nazi rally before a planned march through a predominantly black neighborhood Saturday, with police making numerous arrests.
Neo-Nazis held a rally before a planned march through a predominantly black neighborhood in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday.
Neo-Nazis held a rally before a planned march through a predominantly black neighborhood in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday.NBC News
/ Source: The Associated Press

Violence broke out at a neo-Nazi rally before a planned march through a predominantly black neighborhood Saturday, with police making numerous arrests.

Police hauled away at least five people in handcuffs after a fistfight broke out between supporters of the National Socialist Movement and counter-demonstrators who were voicing their displeasure with the group’s anti-minority message.

It’s not immediately clear to which groups those arrested belonged.

More than 300 law enforcement officers are on the scene. Some officers are patrolling with K-9 units and on horses, while police helicopters are circling above the march route.

In October, the same neo-Nazi group gathered in Toledo, Ohio, for a march they said was intended to protest gangs and rising crime. The situation turned into a riot in which businesses were burned and looted and bricks were thrown at police.