A protest between the KKK and white power supporters and anti-hate BLM protesters ended in Georgia as police dressed in riot gear arresting 8 counter protesters and no KKK members.
The rally marked the Confederate Memorial Day weekend, a holiday celebrated Monday in some Southern states. The event was organized and supported by various members of the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation sects and other openly white supremacist groups
The protesters gathered to demonstrate against the message of hate at a supremacist rally taking place at Stone Mountain Park Roughly 300 protesters were initially turned away from police on a park road before they took to wooded trails to confront the white power group chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “Hey hey, ho ho, the KKK has got to go.”
Weaving through the trails, the counter protesters reached a perch where they were within site of the Confederate flags. When police prevented them from entering, the exchange turned violent. Counter-protesters emptied trash cans and threw rocks toward the barricades. Fireworks exploded.Police in riot gear grew tense and encircled the white supremacists to keep the groups apart and protect them.
Only about two dozen white power demonstrators showed up at the “Rock Stone Mountain” rally only one man arrived with a large red flag advertising the Ku Klux Klan.
John Michael Estes and fellow “Rock Stone Mountain” white power organizer Greg Calhoun said supporters may have been scared away by threats from counter protesters.
Observed Estes, “The liberal media and the police have kept our people away.”
Looking across the way at the counter protesters he said, “They are paid protesters. The same ones who burned down Ferguson.”
Nine counter-protesters were arrested, most for refusing to take their masks off, authorities said.