SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 28, 2017) (NBC)- About 300 white nationalists and neo-Nazis took to the streets of the small Tennessee city of Shelbyville on Saturday (October 28) to protest refugee resettlement in the state, which sued the federal government over the issue earlier this year.
The “White Lives Matter” rally, organized by some of the same groups involved in a Virginia march in August that turned violent, drew an equal number of counter-demonstrators and a heavy police presence.
After Shelbyville, the protesters were due to travel about 35 miles north to Murfreesboro for a second rally.
The two cities are just southeast of Nashville, whose metropolitan area has become home to refugees from Somalia, Iraq and elsewhere.
The day’s protests were organized by the Nationalist Front, a coalition including the League of the South and Vanguard America, considered neo-Nazi or neo-Confederate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.