my very brave and just but slightly fool-hardy husband went to want was advertised as rav steinman speaking about something to do with the 'threat to charedim' (ie mainly the draft). in the event, r' steinman spoke on a video link up for 45 seconds.
BUT when ben came out, he found a small group of nutters (he thinks
neturai karta nutters) holding posters and shouting something derogatory
about rav steinman. then, a bunch of
hotbloods came out of the rav steinman 'talk' and began to shout back,
and try to take their posters and knock their shtreimels off. So my
lovely and justice-loving husband got between the two groups to try to
stop the riot. all by himself, i asked? oh no, there were a couple of
other guys too.
he says the streimel-wearing nutters were not
trying ot retaliate at all. Ben just shouted at them all to leave them
alone, go off home, etc. Eventually, the yeshivish nutters herded the
other nutters off down the street, and then the police turned up, so ben
felt that he could leave it to them now.
Saturday night punch-up.