WATCH: Protesters outnumber white supremacists 2 to 1 in Tennessee

October 29, 2017 09:27

The city preemptively brought in riot police to screen the protesters in an attempt to prevent the the type of violence that took place in Charlottesville.

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A white supremacist rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee..

A white supremacist rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee... (photo credit:Courtesy)

200 Left-wing protesters took a stand against 80 white supremacists at a rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee on Saturday.

The white supremacists carried shields with nationalist symbols and chanted hateful slogans making numerous references to Nazism. 

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White supremacist rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee; October 28, 2017. (Courtesy)

Brad Griffin, the public relations chief for The League of the South, a Southern nationalist group, said the group planned to start in Shelbyville then continue to Murfressboro, Tennessee. The Murfressboro rally was cancelled because of the number of protesters that opposed it.

He took to Twitter to state that holding the event was an "unnecessary risk."

The city preemptively brought in riot police to screen the protesters in an attempt to prevent violence by left-wing protest organization Antifa. But protesters on the ground claimed the rally members did not receive the same level of screening.

Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh and Murfreesboro Interim Police Chief Michael Bowen made a joint statement.

“When the rally began, teams of law enforcement officers screened protestors and about 800 to 1000 counter protestors for prohibited items before entering. Law enforcement officers monitored the rally. The League of the South, who requested a permit for the event, did not attend the rally. Before 3 p.m., the counter protestors began to leave.”

A rally earlier this month at the University of Florida lead to the arrest of three white supremacists who opened fire into the public. No injuries were reported.

A similar rally in August in Charlottesville, Virginia ended when a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counter protestors, killing one woman.

White supremacist rallies across the United States have been on the rise since President Donald Trump took office. Many have stated that the president empowers them with his rhetoric.

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