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White Nationalists Stage Anti-Refugee Protests in Tennessee
White nationalists and neo-Nazis held rallies in two small Tennessee cities on Saturday to protest refugee resettlement in the state.
People participate in a "White Lives Matter" rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee, on Oct. 28, 2017.
About 300 white nationalists and neo-Nazis held back-to-back rallies in two small Tennessee cities on Saturday to protest refugee resettlement in the state, which sued the federal government over the issue earlier this year.
People participate in a "White Lives Matter" rally in Shelbyville.
The protesters started in Shelbyville then traveled about 35 miles north to Murfreesboro for a second rally. Both towns are near Nashville, center of a metropolitan area has become home to refugees from Somalia, Iraq and elsewhere.
A man and a woman are wrapped in a Confederate flag during a "White Lives Matter" rally in Shelbyville.
Saturday's rallies were organized by the Nationalist Front coalition, which embraces groups considered to be neo-Nazi or neo-Confederate by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.
Counter-protesters demonstrate during a "White Lives Matter" rally in Shelbyville.
The "White Lives Matter" rallies in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro, organized by some of the same groups involved in a Virginia march that turned violent in August, drew an equal number of counter-demonstrators and a heavy police presence.