Neo-Nazis Burned a Swastika After Their Rally in Georgia


The demonstration in Newnan, Ga., 38 miles southwest of the state capital, appeared to be the largest face-off between neo-Nazis and anti-fascist demonstrators, since clashes in Charlottesville, Va., past year that killed one person, USA Today reported.

A neo-Nazi rally in Newnan, Ga., that celebrated the birthday of Adolph Hitler concluded without violence or property damage on Saturday evening, but 10 counter-protesters were arrested. The city literally pulled the plug on the white supremacist group as soon as their permit expired at 5 pm, turning off the power to the group's sound system. One merchant who typically closed on Saturdays said he showed up to guard his store from any potential mischief.

Members of Antifa, the loose-knit anti-fascist movement, gathered along the sidewalks on streets leading to Greenville Street Park, the site of the neo-Nazi park.

"We pick these rallies randomly", he said. "We will stand against the tyranny of the far left". "I believe that neo-Nazism and hate in general is a problem that our country is facing at the moment", says Cofer.

Meanwhile, protesters behind barricades held up signs, including one that read, "You can shoot us, you can run over us, but your side always loses".

The Republican lieutenant governor, Casey Cagle, tweeted out prayers for Newnan and denounced the hate groups.

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"We must condemn the bigotry disperse by hate groups".

"We are working with other local, state and federal agencies in an effort to ensure the safety of all those involved", said Mark Cooper, deputy chief of police.

Seeing the National Socialist Movement rally's in the past, Godfrey thinks things will get violent.

There will be over 400 officers on hand for the rally on Saturday, and we've been told there will be up to 100 people for the neo-Nazi rally, so the police presence will definitely be strong, and they are here to control the situation and monitor the park.

The New York Times reported that it was made up of roughly two-dozen people, making it much smaller than the deadly "Unite the Right" white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last August. In addition to hand-to-hand clashes, a vehicle drove into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring more than a dozen. But the neo-Nazis couldn't couldn't help but hear the protesters. "They allowed this to happen, and it should not have".

Friday was all about coming together as a community.

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