Police in Tennessee are braced for futher demonstrations after neo-nazis and white nationalists held a rally in two cities to protest against refugee resettlement in the state.
Calling it a “white lives matter” march, groups including the Nationalist Front and the League of the South gathered in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro.
Their message to imigrants: ‘you’re not wanted here.’
“I say immigrants. I’m actually using the wrong word. They’re actually conquerors. And that’s the thing we need to understand. We’re here… most white people are handing them the keys to our country,” said one demonstrator.
In both cities counter-demonstrators tried to drown out the divisive chants with calls of their own for greater acceptance and inclusion.
Scores of police and the national guard kept the two sides largely separated so no violence was reported and only one arrest made.
Another rally in support of the refugee resettlement programme is expected to take place on Sunday.
Over the last 15 years, about 18,000 refugees have been resettled in Tennessee, less than 1 percent of the state’s population, according to the Tennessean newspaper.