Members of the National Socialist Movement hold a swastika burning after a rally in Draketown, Georgia, on April 21, 2018.SPENCER PLATT/AFP
Neo-Nazis Burn Swastika After White Supremacist Rally in Georgia
The rally, organized by the white supremacist National Socialist Movement, was made up of roughly two-dozen people with at least 100 people standing in opposition
Neo-Nazis held a swastika burning following a white supremacist rally in the small southern city of Newnan, Georgia on Saturday, Time magazine reported. The white nationalist rally was picked up by several American media outlets over the weekend.
Every state legislator as well as numerous county and city officials in Coweta County condemned the rally before it took place, reported Time.
According to the magazine, photographer Spencer Platt, who captured the event for Getty Images, captured an image which displays dozens of people giving the Nazi salute while they surround a burning swastika.
The demonstration in Newnan was organized by the white supremacist National Socialist Movement. After the protest, the white supremacist group moved and reconvened to burn swastikas in Draketown, Georgia, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) away, Platt said.
At least 100 people stood in opposition to the rally, with a heavy police presence made up of roughly 700 law enforcement officers, according to the Time report. Members of Antifa, an anti-fascist movement, held signs such as “Love thy neighbor” and “Take your HATE elsewhere.”
The New York Post reported that about 10 counter-protesters were arrested. Local authorities attested the reason to the counter-protesters refusing to remove their masks, a law which was initially instated to stop the face coverings worn by the Ku Klux Klan.
A row of officers wore riot gear and formed a human shield to prevent groups from clashing, as reported by USA Today.
The Newnan rally appeared to be the largest face-off between neo-Nazis and anti-fascist protestors since the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last August, wrote The New York Times, referring to the deadly rally in which one woman died after a car ran through a crowd of counter-protesters.