HAMILTON — A group classified by the Anti-Defamation League as neo-Nazi distributed its flyers in the communities of Ipswich and Hamilton over the weekend, police in both cities said.
The Nationalist Social Club, which calls itself a “street-oriented, pro-white fraternity,” left flyers in plastic bags in random homes in both communities. The flyers encouraged men of European descent to join the group.
“Hate has no place here in Hamilton and police will continue to promote and encourage inclusiveness as one of the recognized core values of communities,” the Hamilton Police Service said on its Facebook page.
Ipswich Police said many of the leaflets encased in plastic bags contained rocks as if they had been thrown from a car onto homeowners’ lawns.
“We are actively investigating this matter and asking residents to help us identify who distributed these leaflets,” Ipswich Police Chief Nikas said in a statement. “Hate has no place in Ipswich, where our sense of community is one of our great strengths.”
Police from both cities work together. Anyone with information about who distributed the leaflets or the CCTV is asked to call the police.
“I was really shocked and surprised and disgusted. And I immediately put it in my recycling and didn’t look at it again,” said Kelly Russell, who received one of the flyers at her home.
Robert Trestan of the New England ADL said the group was founded in New England.
“It’s a neo-Nazi group, really found in Massachusetts in Worcester in 2019, and they’re based in New England. So for us, for those of us in that area, they’re among us. And so they see themselves as those who defend the white race, almost saving the white race.”