Protesters heckle white supremacist gathering
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.