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January 09, 2019

White supremacist group expected to rally in Princeton this weekend

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Palmer Square Princeton New Jersey Screenshot/Google Street View

A view of Palmer Square in Princeton.

Update, 1/11/19: This rally was a hoax.

Original story: The New Jersey European Heritage Association, a white supremacist group, is expected to hold a rally in Princeton, New Jersey, on Jan. 12.

Flyers about the rally, which is set to take place at Palmer Square, were posted around downtown Princeton, according to the racial justice Facebook group “Not In Our Town - Princeton”

“Neonazi hate groups are trying to replicate their horrific action in Charlottesville by rallying in Palmer Square on Saturday, January 12,” the group posted Wednesday.

The group is asking for members to turn out for a counter-protest, as are the state’s Democratic Socialists of America groups.

The NJEHA’s splash page of its website says "our European race is in a struggle for survival” and uses the white supremacist Fourteen Words slogan, "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White children,” at the end of its About Us page. The Anti-Defamation League recognizes the NJEHA as a white supremacist group.

PhillyVoice has reached out to the NJEHA for comment regarding the rally, and will update this story if a representative for the group responds.

Palmer Square itself was subject to scrutiny at the turn of the century for a mural in the Palmer Square Post Office, which depicts white settlers and Native Americans.

This isn’t the first time the NJEHA has been noticed around Princeton.

In mid-August, NJEHA stickers were spotted in downtown Princeton.

Mayor Liz Lampert and Princeton City Council issued a joint statement that same week condemning the stickers, and the group:

“Mayor and Council join our residents in condemning the racist materials spread by white supremacists in our central business district. We know Princeton’s longtime strength is its diversity. We know that what unites us as a community is far stronger than the twisted rhetoric of those who would divide us.”

In October, more white supremacist stickers appeared in Princeton, that time from the group known as Identity Evropa.

According to Patch, both Lampert and Princeton police are aware of the planned marches.

Princeton police did say they haven’t received formal requests for permits, nor been advised of a scheduled protest.

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