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Armed Nazis get police escort through Detroit Pride festivities

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Swastikas were blended among the rainbow flags as police escorted an armed hate group known as the National Socialist Movement (NSM) during Motor City Pride on Saturday. 

The leader of the group,  Burt Colucci, had been gearing up for the event for weeks saying, “NSM will be armed and counter-protesting the freaks. NSM, lets put some boots on the ground!! I don’t really give a damn about op-sec or Antifa in this situation. We go in with Swastikas blazing and if people don’t like it, tough shit…”

According to Grit Post and other outlets, less than a dozen men and women were a part of the marching group who shouted homophobic slurs and desecrated the Israeli flag by appearing to urinate on it.

Some LGBT allies who live in Detroit opened up their homes to Pride goers who feared for their safety. 

The NSM is not ambiguous when it comes to saying how they feel about gays and Jews. Ironically the organization was recently in the news because James Stern, an African American man was its president. Stern was handed the position and planned to dismantle it. 

The Southern Poverty Law Center has kept the NSM on their radar saying, "An organization that specializes in theatrical and provocative protests, the National Socialist Movement (NSM) is one of the largest and most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the United States. The group is notable for its violent anti-Jewish rhetoric, its racist views and its policy allowing members of other racist groups to join NSM while remaining members of other groups. Until 2007, NSM members protested in full Nazi uniforms, now traded in for black 'Battle Dress Uniforms.'"

June is National Gay Pride Month which not only commemorates the beginning of the gay liberation movement that started at the Stonewall Inn in New York, but June 12 is the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy in which a gunman killed 49 LGBT people and their allies. 

During World War II, thousands of homosexuals were labeled and killed in Nazi Germany. 

The Detroit Police Department says they will be holding a press conference on Monday to discuss their involvement with the group during the parade.