Georgias Stone Mountain Park, known for its huge rock carvings of Confederate leaders, closed to the general public Saturday over concerns about a prepared white nationalist rally and counterprotest.The city of Stone Mountain, about 25 miles northeast of Atlanta, revealed the closure in a tweet on Friday.”The City of Stone Mountain is preparing for and preparing for at least two opposing groups of protesters whose intents are to demonstrate at Stone Mountain Park on Saturday, August 15, 2020. Stone Mountain Park has actually decided to close the Park on this day,” the city said.Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.Opposing groups on the other hand faced off in the citys downtown on Saturday morning, according to NBC affiliate WXIA in Atlanta. A video showed people shouting “Go home, racists, go home.”City officials said that out of an abundance of care it was warning citizens and visitors to prevent the location and stated buses in the city will be suspended.”Every effort is being made to guarantee that any presentations performed within the Citys limitations are performed quietly and without occurrence,” the tweet read.A far-right group, Three Percenters, used last month to hold a rally with more than 2,000 individuals at the park on Saturday, according to Reuters. The militia stated it desired “to defend and secure our history” and Second Amendment rights.Officials rejected the application since of violence that emerged at a comparable occasion in 2016, Reuters reported.Despite this, numerous groups, consisting of one called Defending Stone Mountain, said online that they would hold a rally at the park anyway and asked individuals to bring U.S. and Confederate flags. An opposing group, Atlanta Antifascists, stated it would hold a counterprotest.”It has actually been clear for weeks that Stone Mountain tomorrow will be a centerpiece for white power arranging. Follow @flowerunited for tomorrows anti-racist counter-mobilization,” the group tweeted. “ALL OUT against racists and the reactionary! Get the word out!”Stone Mountain Park is home to the biggest monument to Americas Civil War Confederacy, according to Reuters.Minyvonne BurkeMinyvonne Burke is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.


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