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Protesters gather in Shelbyville Tennessee for a White Lives Matter rally

A white nationalist leader canceled the second 'White Lives Matter' rally in Tennessee


Updated October 28, 2017 04:23 PM EDT

A leader of the "White Lives Matter" rally in Murfreesboro, Tennessee said the rally has been canceled.

The League of the South PR Chief tweeted that the event was cancelled at about 3 p.m. Saturday, adding "Had some intel Murfreesboro was a lawsuit trap. Not worth the risk."

There were long lines to get in the protest and everyone entering had to go through a security check before being allowed in.

Updated October 28, 2017 03:41 PM EDT

Reporters on the scene of a second "White Lives Matter" rally on Saturday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, about 25 miles north of the first rally, said only about a dozen protesters showed up.

Leading up to the rally, hundreds of counter-protesters gathered from the movement "Murfreesboro Loves."

The second rally is supposed to last until 4 p.m.

Updated October 28, 2017 03:33 PM EDT

Between 200 and 300 protesters gathered for the a "White Lives Matter" rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee on Saturday, but Fox 17 News reporters said there was about twice as many counter-protesters in attendance.

Police said one man was arrested at the rally around 12:30 p.m.

Updated October 28, 2017 12:57 PM EDT

Protesters and counter-protesters gathered in Shelbyville, Tennessee for a 'White Lives Matter' rally on Saturday afternoon.

Updated October 28, 2017 10:43 AM EDT

There's a heavy police presence in Shelbyville, Tennessee, about 30 miles from Nashville, Saturday morning ahead of a planned white nationalist rally.

The League of the South and other white supremacist groups are slated to hold a "sidewalk" rally from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 231 and Lane Parkway. Several counter-protests are planned throughout the morning.

Officers from several law enforcement agencies are gearing up to keep everyone safe as events unfold. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Friday they would also have a presence at the rallies to support local law enforcement.

A few counter-protesters have showed up.

A similar protest is slated for Murfreesboro, Tennessee from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

State and local law enforcement agencies are preparing for white nationalist rallies in two Tennessee cities Saturday, Fox 17 News reported.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said Friday it is ready to provide "support and aid" to police in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro during the events. TBI Director Mark Gwyn is urging attendees to "conduct themselves in an orderly, respectful fashion for the sake of safety."

The white nationalist groups gathering Saturday are protesting refugee resettlement programs in Tennessee among many other things. Student activist Justin Jones said these groups are getting a message from state lawmakers.

"They're rallying because there's too many immigrants coming here and this is the exact same language we hear from the lawmakers who are in this building who condone and legitimize that type of rhetoric and behavior," said Jones. "We feel these lawmakers have rolled out a welcome mat for white supremacists to come to Tennessee."

Interfaith leaders were joined by students and refugee advocates, all part of the "Moral Movement Tennessee," who said they the recent political climate in the Volunteer State has created a "welcoming environment" for the white nationalist rally to take place.

"We believe that the policies and rhetoric of many state lawmakers attacking immigrants, refugees, and people of color have created a welcoming environment for such a gathering of hate targeting Tennessee communities," organizers said in a statement.

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