Police detain protesters at Stone Mountain White supremacist rally

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Photo credit: @imajorwish/@freddyoart via Instagram

Police attempted to prevent violence from erupting at a White supremacy rally Saturday morning in Stone Mountain, Georgia as others showed up in opposition to the meeting. Eight counter-protesters and one rally member were arrested.

Although the “Rock Stone Mountain” organizers expected about 2,000 supporters to attend the White power rally, only around two dozen showed up at Stone Mountain Park, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. But those who protested the initial meeting showed up in droves.

Some of the counter-protesters could be heard shouting “Black Lives Matter” and “

“They are paid protesters. The same ones who burned down Ferguson,” one White supremacist said. “We’re not the ones creating violence here. If these guys win there will be no mercy. It’ll be Ferguson all over the place.”

The hundreds of counter-protesters attempted to get closer to the White power rally, but park police — supported by the

Some counter-protesters reportedly began throwing rocks and fireworks and getting into minor physical altercations with police. According to AJC, one protester was seen pepper-spraying an officer, and another set a barricade on fire.

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Protesters at Stone Mountain Park. (Photo credit: @rnb_keikei via Instagram)

Eight protesters were arrested for refusing to remove their masks. One was charged with aggravated assault after hurling a smoke bomb at an officer.

After the violence broke out, some protesters left, including a group of church members who came to the park to protest peacefully.

“I came here for a peaceful rally. When you start throwing rocks … that is not what this is about,” said Scott Maddox, another member of the church group. “We are not gonna be a part of that.”

In an attempt to keep visitors safe, officers shut down some of the attractions, such as the laser show, cable car, and amusement center.

Although the White power rally was met with some challenges, organizers say it was a success.

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