Anti-refugee rallies staged by ‘White Lives Matter’ within Tennessee

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Anti-refugee rallies staged by ‘White Lives Matter’ in Tennessee

About 300 whitened nationalists and neo-Nazis took to the particular streets of the small Tennessee associated with Shelbyville on Saturday to demonstration refugee resettlement in the state, which usually sued the federal government over the issue recording.

The “White Lives Matter” rally, organized simply by some of the same groups involved in the Virginia march in August that will turned violent, drew an equal amount of counter-demonstrators and a heavy police existence.

After Shelbyville, the protesters had been due to travel about 35 kilometers north to Murfreesboro for a 2nd rally.

The two cities are simply southeast of Nashville, whose city area has become home to asylum seekers from Somalia, Iraq and somewhere else.

The day’s protests were structured by the Nationalist Front, a coalition including the League of the South plus Vanguard America, considered neo-Nazi or even neo-Confederate groups by the Southern Low income Law Center, which tracks detest groups.

“We don’t want the federal government to keep dumping all these refugees into middle Tennessee,” said Brad Griffin, a League of the South associate who has written about his desire to build a white “ethnostate.”

To help keep the serenity, Shelbyville police used temporary secure fencing to separate the white nationalists through counter-demonstrators in a central protest region. Anyone seeking to enter the area had been searched. Guns, sticks, backpacks plus items that might double as weaponry were banned.

The white nationalist demonstrators gathered behind a fifty percent dozen white shields emblazoned along with red crosses. Counter-protesters carried indicators with slogans including “Don’t Hate” plus “Veterans for Peace.” (Reuters)

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