NEO-NAZIS MARCHING IN SMALL KENTUCKY TOWN TODAY IN ATTEMPT TO GAIN NEW ADHERENTS

Officials are taking steps to counter the potential for violence at a planned white nationalist rally Saturday in Pikeville, including increasing security and banning people from wearing masks that could conceal the identity of protesters seeking to provoke a confrontation.

Jeff Schoep, one of the leaders of the Nationalist Front, organizing the neo -Nazi rally in Pikeville, Kentucky

Still, security concerns led local residents Thursday to postpone an event they had set up to counter the white nationalist rally.

There have been clashes at other white nationalist rallies between their supporters and opponents, called anti-racists or anti-fascists.

That’s a concern in Pikeville because there has been information circulating on social media that anti-racists will protest the white nationalist rally.

Some of the chatter was about Pikeville not having a law barring people from wearing masks, and the fact that people can carry guns openly, city manager Donovan Blackburn said.

The website of Anti-Racist Action, a group that confronts white nationalists, said members sometimes wear masks because racists take pictures of opponents so they can later find and attack them.

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