Several neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups held two separate demonstrations in Orlando Labor Day weekend.
The Goyim Defense League, Blood Tribe and The Order of the Black Sun gathered in Altamonte Springs and outside Walt Disney World Saturday, Sept. 2.
The Altamonte Springs demonstration, consisting of GDL and Blood Tribe, was dubbed "The March of the Red Shirts" by organizers. Prior to the march, a flyer advertising the gathering was found circulating on social media. While the flyer did not advertise a day or place, the Anti-Defamation League's Florida chapter issued a warning advisory ahead of the weekend.
Florida Rep. Anna V. Eskamani shared a video on Twitter
of the groups marching through Cranes Roost Park, chanting, "We are everywhere." They carried swastika flags.
The Goyim Defense League is a network of hate groups connected by virulent anti-Semitism. The "league" includes five or six primary organizations, followed by dozens of supporters and thousands of online followers. They are known to share content online depicting members harassing Jewish people
with anti-Semitic slurs.
The Blood Tribe, based in Maine but attempting to gain traction elsewhere in the U.S., is a neo-Nazi white supremacist group. The group, known for wearing bright red shirts and black ski masks, has been documented antagonizing anti-LGBTQ+ rallies and pushing adjunct groups to utilize Nazi symbols
Both groups' leaders, GDL's Jon "Handsome Truth" Minadeo and Blood Tribe's Christopher "Hammer" Pohlhaus, are referenced in the flyer. Minadeo calls himself "AMERICA'S #1 ANTI SEMITE" and has been found attempting to groom children
on video-chatting site Omegle. Pohlhaus is a Maine-based former Marine who recently bought land to create a camp
for his neo-Nazi followers.
While the two leaders differ, their anti-Semitic and white supremacist views intersect. They have been known to work and organize events together
, like this one. Both leaders were present Saturday.
The Order of the Black Sun is a neo-Nazi group primarily based in Florida and formed just this year. The group uses propaganda and public demonstrations to push its white supremacist ideologies.
The group, stationed outside of Walt Disney World Saturday, flew several swastika flags and a "Ron DeSantis 2024" flag.
According to the ADL, anti-Semitic incidents surged to historic levels in 2022, with a total of 3,697 known incidents reported across the U.S. That number represents an increase of 36 percent compared to 2021, a previously record-setting year.
And those incidents are not unheard of in Central Florida. Just months ago, Nazi demonstrators were seen waving Ron DeSantis signs and swastikas outside Disney World