'La Bamba' Drowns Out White Nationalist Speaker At Tennessee Rally

Counter-protesters silenced a white supremacist at a rally on Saturday by playing a loud recording of “La Bamba,” according to the Daily Mail.

The British website reported that when about 300 people showed up for the “White Lives Matter” event in Shelbyville, Tenn., they were confronted by nearly 1,000 anti-fascist demonstrators who held signs with messages like “Imposters” and “You are not welcome here.” They chanted “show me what democracy looks like” and “this is what democracy looks like.”

The Mexican folk song began playing as rally organizer Michael Hill was trying to address the crowd. The white-nationalist leader yelled at the counter-protesters: “Oh, you can party all you want, you degenerate whores, but we are just getting started.” Hill said his supporters were upholding “civilization,” which prompted one person to shout: “Shut the f**k up!”

The racists cut short another rally in Murfreesboro, Tenn., later in the day when only 30 people attended the event, according to The Tennessean. The newspaper described the small crowd as “Nazis” angry about the country’s acceptance of Middle East refugees, some of whom have relocated in Tennessee. The Daily Mail noted that Shelbyville and Murfreesboro are a few miles southeast of Nashville, where Somalians, Iraqis and others have fled to escape their war-ravaged homelands.

In Shelbyville, police officers kept the two groups of demonstrators on opposite sides of the street from each other, in an attempt to prevent the sort of violence that occurred during a similar rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August. A woman was killed and dozens of people suffered injuries at that event when an alleged neo-Nazi slammed his vehicle into anti-racism marchers.

There were no injuries in Shelbyville, and the single arrest was for “erratic” behavior. One police official claimed that “everything went lovely,” while another told The Tennessean: “As far as we know, everything is over. We’re taking down our fences.” Officers charged 20-year-old John Gill Anderson with disorderly conduct after he allegedly “refused to cease and desist when told.” The man later insisted he was a counter-protester.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam pledged before the rallies in his state to deploy law-enforcement officers “in full force” to keep the peace. The Nationalist Front, which includes a number of white-supremacist groups, sponsored the events. Counter-protester Sherry Walker of Murfreesboro torched a bundle of sage at the rally in her community. “The smoke is lifting our prayers to heaven for cleansing and healing and peace,” she explained.

President Trump’s critics accuse him of being partly responsible for the rise of white nationalists. The racists have become more emboldened to hold public events since Trump refused to denounce the Ku Klux Klan and other groups that supported his campaign. Following the Charlottesville rally, the president argued that “both sides” were to blame for the violence. He said some “very fine people” were among those who marched with Klansmen and neo-Nazis. Trump’s efforts to ban Muslim immigration to the United States have further fueled allegations that his administration is racially prejudiced.

Source: Daily Mail, Daily Mail
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