White nationalists groups that reassembled on Saturday in Shelbyville, Tennessee, were encountered by an extensive police presence and dozens of yelling counter protesters. A few hours later a second rally organized in close by Murfreesboro was annulled.
The corroboration which the organizers addressed as the “White Lives Matter” rally were organized by The League of the South, a Southern nationalist group, according to Brad Griffin, the organization’s public relations officer. Further extreme-right and neo-Nazi groups consolidated them in demonstration adorning black and wearing helmets and shields.
Griffin said that the groups had organized to commence at Shelbyville and then make for Murfreesboro about 20 miles to the north, but the Murfreesboro rally was abandoned. Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh and Murfreesboro Interim Police Chief Michael Bowen said in a joint statement that About 800 to 1,000 counter protesters had convened in Murfreesboro to confront the corroboration.
Griffin declared the rally was terminated on Twitter elucidating that Murfreesboro was a “lawsuit trap” and that carrying out an event there was not worth the risk. In both the cities, the police configured blockades to divide the two contingents on opposite sides of the road.
City pioneers in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro had counseled people to circumvent the rally areas and the space encompassing the Shelbyville event was almost uninhabited. These rallies were supposed to be prodigious of their kind since the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, Griffin said.