At least 1 arrested at neo-Nazi rally in Georgia

At least one person was arrested Saturday at a neo-Nazi rally in the town of Newnan, Ga., according to multiple reports. 

The National Social Movement holds a rally each year to celebrate Adolf Hitler’s birthday, and secured a permit for an event in the town. On Saturday, a few dozen members attended the rally there, carrying signs that disparaged Jews and African-Americans, USA Today reported


“We will not back down,” rally leader Jeff Schoep said, according to USA Today. “We will stand against the tyranny of the far left.”

Hundreds of counterprotesters were on hand to respond and speak out against those sponsoring the event, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Hundreds of law enforcement members were on hand in the event of clashes. 

Video shared by reporters on the scene showed police arresting counterprotesters, reportedly for wearing masks. Multiple reports indicated that anti-fascist activists attended the rally wearing masks.

Saturday’s rally is thought to be one of the largest white nationalist events since last August’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. A woman was killed after a man drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.