News Stone Mountain: White power rally erupts into violence as counter protesters clash with police

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    Protests surrounding a rally at Stone Mountain erupted in violence Saturday as demonstrators trying to reach a white power group set a barricade on fire and hurled rocks and fireworks at police attempting to block them.

    By midday, park officials worried about the safety of visitors, shut down attractions such as the cable car, amusement center and laser show. The park remained open.

    Nine counter-protesters had been arrested, most for refusing to take their masks off, authorities said.

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    At least one was seen spraying a Georgia State Patrol officer with pepper spray. Others engaged in physical skirmishes with law enforcement dressed in riot gear, said John Bankhead, a spokesman for the Stone Mountain Park Police.

    Only about two dozen white power demonstrators were at the “Rock Stone Mountain” rally in the Yellow Daisy lot at the DeKalb County park. But the efforts to reach them from groups opposed to their views quickly became chaotic. Counter-protesters first faced off with police on a park road, chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “Hey hey, ho ho, the KKK has got to go.” After being turned away by police, the protesters took to wooded trails attempting to reach the white power groups.

    “We’re trying to get to where we can protest them,” Craig Clark said.

    They reached a perch where they could see the Confederate flags. But when police prevented them from entering, the exchange turned violent. Counter-protesters emptied trash cans and threw rocks toward the barricades. Fireworks exploded.

    Police in riot gear were tense and encircled the white supremacists to keep the groups apart.

    “Do not move! Do not break my line,” shouted one police leader.

    Katherine Thilo, who said she was part of her church group’s peaceful protest, was left frantically looking for her daughter Lindsey as the situation escalated.

    “Ninety-nine percent of the protesters are peaceful, but this is what they gonna show on the news,” she said.

    After Lindsay was spotted, church member Scott Maddox pulled them both away.

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

    Park officials have closed roads leading to and from the Yellow Daisy Lot near the park police station with the intention of keeping the rally, dubbed Rock Stone Mountain, far away from regular guests and from clashes with counter protesters.

    In their rally permit, organizers said they expected as many as 2,000 white extremist protesters but this morning they were lowering the bar. John Michael Estes, one of the organizers, said the enormous numbers of police and the park’s decision not to let them climb the mountain “cut down our numbers quite a bit.”

    Estes and fellow organizer Greg Calhoun said others may be scared away by threats from counter protesters online.

    “That’s America these days,” Calhoun said.

    Park police have the support of the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, DeKalb County Police and two helicopters in an effort to keep the rally and counter protests tame.

    Confederate flag supporters Kim Beasley and Dwayne Jones arrived early wearing T-shirts saying “Heritage not Hate.”

    They carried the Stars and Bars flag and the Bonnie Blue flag.

    “We don’t believe in carrying these flags for racist reasons,” said Beasley, From Birmingham.

    She added, “We don’t believe the Civil War was over racism. It was over tyranny.”

    She also spoke about the rift between the flag supporters and the white supremacists, saying, “They have blocked us from their websites. They call us turncoats.”

    She objected to the white supremacists characterization of flag supporters as false in their claims, that the flag gets are just more concerned about looking politically correct.

    “I’ve never been politically correct,” she said. “My mother used to tell me to have more tact. I just said I’m going to be honest.”

    Jones saw a black couple admiring the great mountain and offered to take their picture.

    He said he had a relative in the civil war.

    Holding the Stars and Bars flag, he said, “I’m carrying this for him.”


    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/protesters-clash-with-police-at-stone-mountain/nq9xF/
     
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    you gotta be retarded to protest these klan dimwits and then get in trouble over it

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