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Arkansas Democrats cancel anti-hate rally to avoid possible 'violent situation' with Confederate monument supporters

By Emma Pettit

This article was published August 18, 2017 at 1:57 p.m.


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An anti-hate rally set to convene in Hot Springs on Saturday was canceled to avoid provoking a "violent situation" with an opposing group that wants to preserve Confederate monuments, according to its organizers.

After consulting with police, clergy members and city officials, the Democratic Party of Garland County decided to quash the planned "No Home for Hate" event, the group said in a Friday news release.

The event was going to take place at the St. Luke's Episcopal Church. On the same day, another organization, the Confederate Square Group, is set to demonstrate at Arlington Lawn in Hot Springs National Park in support of maintaining Confederate monuments.

In announcing the cancellation, Hayden C. Shamel, chairwoman of the Democratic county group, said safety was a large concern.

"We will not contribute in any way, shape, or form to individuals wishing to create or provoke a violent situation in the community we all call home," she said in a news release.

"We want to make our position absolutely clear: Hate has no home in Hot Springs," Shamel stated. "The individuals who plan to rally downtown on Arlington Lawn do NOT represent the vast majority of our residents who are absolutely opposed to hate in any of its ugly forms."

She added that the party encourages members and all residents to stay in their homes this weekend and "continue to spread a message of hope, peace, and love to all people."

James Brock, who organized the Confederate monument rally, said the group will not support support neo-Nazism, white supremacy or white nationalism.

Brock obtained the permit for the demonstration after attending a rally last Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. The Virginia rally spurred violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters and led to the death of a 32-year-old woman.

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DoubleBlind says... August 18, 2017 at 2:07 p.m.

Emma Pettit - You write Brock's false statement but you clearly did zero research to determine that he lies. He is ON VIDEO. On his group site urging rally participants to arm themselves and to prepare for war. Are you a bot? Because you write like an ARDG BOT.

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Packman says... August 18, 2017 at 2:56 p.m.

The real truth is Ms. Shamel couldn't find anyone else in Garland County willing to admit they're Democrats.

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LRDawg says... August 18, 2017 at 3:01 p.m.

Go ahead with your counter-demonstration Hot Springs. You've got the permit....stand up to racism and bigotry. To cancel shows fear. These guys representing the Conferderacy are losers and cowards. They'll probably surrender just like Lee

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rubythecat96gmailcom says... August 18, 2017 at 3:53 p.m.

Funny that as little as ten years ago. we were not experiencing riots BLM was not marching and trying to instigate the death of police officers. Most people understood that the civil war was fought also about the the power of the states to govern themselves. and both sides lost many a good man. The people rioting and trying to tear down our history. are lucky to be in this great country. If you don't like a war statue don't look at it. If you don't like the pictures of these criminals on your green backs give them to me and i'll hide them from you so you won't have to look at them in your wallet.

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wolfman says... August 18, 2017 at 4 p.m.

They are freaking statues...been up for years and years and a part of american history. If these statues come down the take all the ones of MLK down...and rename all the streets and highways and schools and buildings his name is on.

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gohogs17 says... August 18, 2017 at 4:37 p.m.

Wolfman: Great comment!

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PopulistMom says... August 18, 2017 at 4:44 p.m.

rubythecat,

You must have some confederate money. None of my money has a picture of Robert E. Lee on it. If the Nazis and white supremacists weren't glorifying Lee, there would not be so many people wanting to take this stuff down. I don't care one way or the other. I just want a president who does not say that white supremacists and Nazis are "fine people."

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RBBrittain says... August 18, 2017 at 4:49 p.m.

Counter-protesters will be there, but they'll be the ones ready to go to jail if things go south. This kind of hate -- not only from the organizers, but also from most of the posters above -- only polarizes the situation and makes a peaceful solution LESS likely. (Kinda like what got this country into a Civil War to begin with.)

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tweedyboy57 says... August 18, 2017 at 4:57 p.m.

Even Robert E Lee was smart enough to know that these "monuments" to the Confederacy were wrong!

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gohogs17 says... August 18, 2017 at 5:31 p.m.

pop: He didn't say the Nazis were "fine people", he said there were fine people AMONG them. Like maybe the UA grad?

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