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Neo-Nazi group to demonstrate today…

A neo-Nazi group planning to rally on the steps of the state capitol today said Saturday that its members plan nothing more than a peaceful demonstration.

“We are not here to instigate any problems whatsoever. You have my word on that,” said Nigel Fovargue, a Los Angeles member of the National Socialist Movement. He was flanked at Capitol lawn press conference by half a dozen members in black boots and brown shirts emblazoned with swastika symbols.

Shortly after the group marched away, however, a nonuniformed man who identified himself as also part of the group swung his hand at a community member getting close to him with a video camera.

“Don’t do that! Turn that thing off!” said the man, who gave his name as Gary and said he was from the Tri-Cities. He had a pit bull named Eva on a leash. The man with the camera backed away quickly and said he’d turned off the camera.

Unsure what to expect today, state police plan to close off sections of the state Capitol campus to allow the Nazis to hold the two-hour Capitol-steps rally that they applied for months ago. On Sunday, community leaders — under the watch of uniformed and plainclothes police — held a daylong diversity celebration in a downtown Olympia park.

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