Chattanooga residents against the NSM: 'They're not welcomed'

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Updated: 4/15 6:41 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - A local grass roots organization says they don't appreciate a Neo-Nazi group coming to Chattanooga to preach hate on Saturday April 26.

Core members of the Chattanooga Historical Justice Coalition are outraged about a planned visit to Chattanooga by a National Socialist Movement or NSM. They say the NSM is known for inciting violence and hatred through public rally's.

"We just don't want it They're not welcomed," said Chattanooga resident Maime Owens.

"I just never thought that Chattanooga would allow such a group to come here," said Chattanooga resident Robin Moore.

"I was shocked. I just can't imagine why they would pick Chattanooga of all places," Shelley King Jr. of Chattanooga.

It's unclear why the NSM picked Chattanooga to hold a rally but the Chattanooga Historical Justice Coalition says it's holding a rally this Saturday in Miller park. Members say the purpose of their rally is to show that Chattanooga is a not a place for racial divide and hatred, especially as tourist season starts to kick off.

"What kind of shadow is that going to put on our city with people looking around and coming in and having this group come in," asked by Moore.

"This is a tourist town. We have people come in and out and admiring our beautiful city. We don't need this garbage. We really don't need it," Owens said.

The city granted NSM the permit to hold the rally because all groups are entitled to freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. But Shelley King Jr. believes freedom of speech should have limits when there's a potential to insight violence.

"Freedom of speech is ok but when you talk about hate and all this it shouldn't be allowed," King said.

Members of the Chattanooga Historical Justice Coalition are asking that more Chattanooga residents come out and support their rally.

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NickAndros423 - 4/15/2014 8:54 PM
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"Freedom of speech is ok but when you talk about hate and all this it shouldn't be allowed,", lmao (rolls eyes). It's a little better than "ok"... and it's a critical right, obviously. And for it to exist at all, you have to give dummies the same right to it. I don't like the idea of those (alleged) jerks coming here, either; however, that they can speaks well for everybody's rights in the bigger picture. It's amazing, and kind of scary, that the only locals to ever be interviewed are the 'blinders on' people.
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