(South China Morning Post) Dozens of police officers, including canine officers, were on hand, some stationed on the roof of a strip mall with binoculars and long guns.
The protesters showed up in the Middle Tennessee community despite comments by Governor Bill Haslam that “these folks” were not welcome in the state. The rallies had raised fears in the community of a repeat of the Charlottesville, Virginia, rally in August that turned violent.
The protesters planned to caravan from Shelbyville to Murfreesboro, 25 miles north, where wary business leaders had boarded up windows downtown and residents held a prayer vigil Friday night near the rally site.
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