NEWNAN, Ga. - Saturday, demonstrators with a white nationalist group and counter-protestors are descended on the city of Newnan.
Several arrests were made before the white nationalist rally.
GBI Director Vernon Keenan told FOX 5 that counter-protesters were arrested for blocking roads and wearing masks.
Saturday, demonstrators with a white nationalist group and counter-protestors are descended on the city of Newnan.
One of city leaders goals' was trying to prevent the kind of violence that's been seen at similar rallies but people in the city were still concerned.
Counter protesters confront man as he tries to walk toward neo Nazi event. He ultimately was chased behind police lines. Multiple arrests of counter protesters for blocking streets, wearing masks. #Newnan @FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/2dzFIWTUgf— Randy Travis (@RandyTravisFox5) April 21, 2018
It has been the talk of the community for a month now, but Friday residents and business owners alike found ways to show support for their city and their community.
Everywhere in town, it was obvious preparations were underway as the city braces for Saturday’s events.
The Conyers Police Department said that it sent a contingent of officers to reinforce Newnan, doubling up with their officers on patrol, the department said on Facebook.
In March, the city of Newnan accepted the commander of the National Socialist Movement's request for a pavilion rental. The group plans to meet at the Greenville Street Park Saturday afternoon. Many of the area businesses including Kendra’s Clothing Boutique will close Saturday but stayed open late Friday to compensate for the lost revenue.
The public needs to be aware there were be several detours and road closures in the area. The city plans to announce those at a press conference on Saturday afternoon.