Pro­test­ers heckle white su­prem­a­cist gath­er­ing

The Commercial Appeal - - Viewpoint -

Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sen­tinel CROSSVILLE, TENN. White su­prem­a­cists in town to con­duct their an­nual sum­mit faced can­celed reser­va­tions, a change of venue and a pas­sel of pro­test­ers who turned out for the once-se­cret meet­ing.

The owner of a lo­cal restau­rant, The Beef & Bar­rel, said no to Storm­front ac­tivists af­ter they re­served space for a meet and greet Fri­day evening un­der a dif­fer­ent name. The group re­con­vened at Shoney’s, which doesn’t take reser­va­tions.

Then or­ga­niz­ers changed the Satur­day con­fer­ence lo­ca­tion from a restau­rant at Cum­ber­land Moun­tain State Park to the park’s recre­ation lodge up the hill.

“Hello mas­ter race!” pro­tester Chris Ir­win yelled over a mega­phone. “You wanted to keep this a se­cret, Nazis, and then you did some­thing stupid, and you put it in a pub­lic park so we could come.”

Around noon, three peo­ple emerged from the park lodge in all black, wear­ing masks and para­mil­i­tary-style vests, to re­trieve black wooden shields and black bags, like those they car­ried in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia, at the vi­o­lent Unite the Right rally in mid-Au­gust.

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