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Shelbyville gives time, location for "White Lives Matter" rally, anti-rallies

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City officials released new details on Wednesday about a White Lives Matter Rally slated to be held in Shelbvyille on October 28.

The City of Shelbyville said in a release Wednesday that the rally will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 231 and Lane Parkway.

Shelbyville Police said last week they received notice of the Oct. 28 rally hosted by the the League of the South and its Nationalist Front allies. In a statement on the group's website, it said the purpose of the rally is two-fold. City officials said gatherings at this location don't require a permit from the city.

"The purpose of this rally will be to protest the ongoing problem of refugee resettlement in Middle Tennessee and to draw attention to the recent Emanuel Samson church shooting in Antioch and the way this explosive story has been buried by the national media," the group's website said. "The tragic events in Antioch, which was retaliation for the Dylann Roof shooting in Charleston, illustrated that the national media only cares about pushing its false narrative of White racism and black victimhood."

The group also said it wants to express anger over President Trump's decision to take Sudan off the travel ban list on the day of the shooting at a church in Antioch.

Shelbyville Police said the department met on Wednesday to begin planning for the event in order to keep its residents safe and allow the group to exercise its First Amendment rights.

The city said several other groups have planned anti-rallies. Officials plan to separate this area between rally members and anti-rallies.

"These separate areas will be strictly enforced," the city said.

Sidewalks on the southwest corner will be designated for the League of the South's "White Lives Matter" rally while the northwest sections will be for anti-rallies.

Officials said travelers should expect road closures in the area of the rallies.

Allen Pitner, Shelbyville, Bedford County Chamber of Commerce CEO said in an earlier interview that he was shocked about the plans for the rally in Shelbyville.

"I'm not going to speculate on why they chose this community," Pitner said. "Could be a logistics thing or something, but again they are in no way reflective of anything about our community."

Click here to read the full statements from Shelbyville Police and the rally organizers.

Full statement from the city




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