Taunts and pleas for tolerance greeted about 90 white supremacist Aryan Nations members who marched through this northern Idaho resort town Saturday before scores of police in riot gear.
The Aryans, many of them young skinheads, marched past more than 1,000 chanting counter-demonstrators, curious onlookers and tourists who lined sidewalks along the 15-block route near Lake Coeur d'Alene.Some kept quiet, a few turned their backs to the street as the marchers passed and others shouted chants of, "Hey hey, ho ho, Aryan Nations have got to go," and "Nazis go home."
The noise mostly drowned out the white-supremacist rhetoric of 80-year-old Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler, who spoke into a microphone as he stood in a Jeep at the head of the parade.
"Who needs butchers in our area?" said Barney Larson, a Spokane, Wash., gay-rights activist who carried a rainbow flag and blew a small whistle as Butler spoke. "They just want to destroy our country and destroy our Constitution."
More than 120 police officers kept demonstrators from interfering with the parade, which ended after 28 minutes with a few scuffles and verbal battles but no major violence or injuries.
Police made 22 arrests, including four for concealed-weapons violations and several for obstruction of officers. Sixteen were booked into the county jail. It was not clear if any of those arrested were marchers.
Human-rights organizations staged simultaneous rallies in Spokane, about 35 miles to the west, and Moscow, 80 miles to the south.
The Aryan Nations, based north of Coeur d'Alene near Hayden, resisted a call by the New York-based Jewish Defense Organization to cancel the event.
The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations was conducting what it called a "Lemons to Lemonade" fund raiser tied to the march's duration. The Coeur d'Alene-based human rights group said it had won pledges of $1,001 for each minute the Aryans march.