The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website run by Andrew Anglin, encouraged its supporters to target Gainesville black and Jewish cultural centers and religious institutions during Richard Spencer’s controversial speech Thursday at the University of Florida.
Anglin posted a piece on his website, which has been banned from several domains in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville and the site’s posts about it, told those who were not going to the speech to take part in “flash demos,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. The new tactic, which emerged after Charlottesville, calls for white supremacists to show up unannounced at locations where police and protesters are not already gathered, according to the ADL.
Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida led Governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency for Alachua County, where UF is located. More than 500 police officers filled the Gainesville campus ahead of the speech, the Palm Beach Post reports. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside where Spencer and his supporters were speaking, and greeted him angrily with signs and banners. Inside the auditorium, which was about half full, many in the crowd chanted and yelled as Spencer tried to speak.
The Daily Stormer plan posted by Anglin appeared to be calling for disruptions outside of the Gainesville campus while the focus was there. But as of 3:45 p.m. Thursday, there were no reports of demonstrations at the locations mentioned in The Daily Stormer post.
Anglin wrote he wanted to see the entire city “taken over by our guys.” He posted the addresses of the Chabad Jewish Center, the Institute of Black Culture, the Gainesville Sun and Starbucks. The coffee shops are apparently on the list because founder Howard Schultz is Jewish. He told his followers to find additional locations, demonstrate for 10 minutes and then move on to another place. He also said the chant “Jews will not replace us,” heard widely in Charlottesville, should be used.
In his piece, Anglin also told his followers to show up dressed in regular clothes and cover up racist tattoos. He also told them not to wear khakis and polo shirts, as that has been described as the new “uniform” of white supremacists, the ADL says.