Police barricaded a park and several businesses in Newnan, Georgia, Friday ahead of a planned neo-Nazi rally on Saturday. The rally is being held by the National Socialist Movement, which holds rallies every year to mark Adolf Hitler’s birthday.
There will be more than 400 officers on hand, and 100 people are estimated to attend. The white nationalist group has a permit to hold the rally.
Newnan Assistant City Manager Hasco Craver said a specific gathering area for protesters will be along Greenville Street, adjacent to the park.
Atlanta Antifa’s website indicated they are planning to hold a rally between 1:30 and 3 p.m.
The mood was eerie in the city on Friday as police continued placing barricades and getting the lay of the land ahead of the rally.
“It’s scary that this is coming to our town because we didn’t ask for this,” said Gina Godfrey. “If you go up against them, what could happen, because they are not standing up for love. They are standing up for hate.”
Edwina Jackson isn’t going to let the white supremacists run her out of the place she calls home.
“I’m not going to let that fear get to me,” she said. “I’m going to come through. I’m going to see because if I had to be that light that shines through, so you never know what can take place.”
On August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, a white nationalist rally devolved in violence. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a vehicle slammed into counter-protesters. Nineteen people were hospitalized. The driver, James Alex Fields, Jr., was charged with second-degree murder.