A neo-Nazi rally in Tennessee was upstaged by Mexican party music on Saturday as anti-fascist protesters used La Bamba to drown out hate speech.
Michael Hill, leader of the ‘White Lives Matter’ rally in Shelbyville, was attempting to speak out on behalf of his 300 followers when between 800 and 1,000 counter-protesters drowned him out with the classic Mexican folk song.
Hill, clearly frustrated, is seen in footage saying to the crowd of revelers: ‘Oh, you can party all you want you degenerate whores, but we are just getting started.’
He then immediately stops.
After a couple of seconds spent shuffling around and apparently grasping for something to say, he then continues ranting about defending ‘civilization’ from ‘degenerates’ until someone in the counter-protest crowd mockingly shouts ‘Shut the f**k up!’
Hill and his group did indeed ‘shut the f**k up’ after their washout rally on Saturday, canceling a second event in the nearby city of Murfreesboro just a few hours later, when just 30 Nazis showed up, The Tennessean reported.
Counter-protesters drowned out White Lives Matter rally organizer Michael Hill (center, in white cap) in Shelbyville, Tennessee on Saturday by playing La Bamba over him. There were 300 neo-Nazis there, and up to 1,000 counter-protesters
Hill (seen in Shelbyville) and others at the rally had attended the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this summer, but their numbers were greatly diminished on Saturday. A second rally later that day saw just 30 Nazis attending
A white supremacist tears up an anti-fascist flag at the rally on Saturday. The rallies were intended to protest the increased number of refugees from the Middle East in the area
A member of a group called the National Socialist Movement holds up a shield with the group’s logo in Shelbyville. The neo-Nazis moved on to Murfreesboro but canceled after their numbers dropped to just 30, leaving them vastly outnumbered
A member of a group titled The Traditionalist Worker Party, wearing a WWII Nazi soldier’s helmet, stands at the Shelbyville rally. Counter-protesters mocked the white supremacists during the event
Counter-protesters in Shelbyville chant and hold up signs opposite the neo-Nazi rally. In between the two groups was a substantial police presence. Only one person was arrested for ‘erratic’ behavior, and no-one injured
Counter-protesters sing hymns and chant during the Shelbyville rally. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said state and local law enforcement officials would be out ‘in full force’ for the two white nationalist rallies
Police officers from throughout middle Tennessee prepare for a White Lives Matter rally in Shelbyville. No injuries were reported at that event, although one man was arrested
The neo-Nazis – many of whom were involved in the march in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this summer, had hoped to protest the increase in the number of refugees living in the area.
But the heavy police presence, the larger number of counter-protesters and the blasting of catchy Mexican pop classics apparently cooled their heels somewhat.
Shelbyville and Murfreesboro are just southeast of Nashville, where there has been an increase in refugees from Somalia, Iraq and other countries.
One man was arrested during the rally after he was deemed a threat for displaying erratic behavior during the Shelbyville rally.
John Gill Anderson, 20, was charged with disorderly conduct stemming from the event in Shelbyville on US Highway 231 and Lane Parkway around 12:30pm.
Shelbyville police Lt. Brian Crews, who stood in for the rally, said the man ‘refused to cease and desist when told,’ leading to his temporary custody, according to the Tennessean.
Police arrested a man in Shelbyvile after he was deemed a threat for displaying erratic behavior during the White Lives Matter Rally there
John Gill Anderson, 20, was charged with disorderly conduct stemming from the event in Shelbyville located on US Highway 231 and Lane Parkway around 12:30pm
Anderson (seen being led away center) insisted he was one of the counter protesters in an interview after his arrest
The second rally, in Murfreesboro, say far more counter-protesters (pictured) than actual neo-Nazis and other white supremacists, who numbered just 30 – a 90 per cent drop-off rate after the Shelbyville rally
Counter-protesters chant at the small number of neo-Nazis in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, holding up signs saying ‘Imposters’ and ‘You are not welcome here’
Two men hold Confederate flags during a ‘White Lives Matter’ rally on October 28, 2017 in Murfreesboro
Police were out in force in Murfreesboro but in the end they weren’t needed, as the rally dissipated of its own accord
Aside from the arrest, authorities said there were no violent incidents and ‘everything went lovely,’ Crews confirmed in the interview with the local newspaper.
‘As far as we know everything is over. We’re taking down our fences,’ the officer added.
Also Saturday afternoon, another white nationalist rally took place in the city of Murfreesboro – about 25 miles north of Shelbyville.
The demonstrators chanted and marched on Veterans Parkway and Church Street south.
Counter-protesters chanted things like ‘show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!’ and ‘Murfreesboro loves,’ the Tennessean reported.
The rally created a ruckus for travelers in the area, too – who were heard honking their car horns and shouting along.
White Lives Matter protesters demonstrate during the rally on October 28, 2017 in Shelbyville, Tennessee
A protester is seen shouting into the microphone during the Shelbyville rally where hundreds of protesters and counter-protesters gathered
People hold a sign that reads ‘100% socialist, 100% nationalist’ while standing on the streets
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said state and local law enforcement officials were ‘in full force’ for the two white nationalist rallies
Protesters are shown arriving to the White Lives Matter rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee Saturday morning
The Shelbyville and Murfreesboro rallies were hosted by Nationalist Front, which is a coalition of several white supremacist organizations
Counter-protesters line the street across from a White Lives Matter rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee
Organizers ordered both protesters and counter-protesters to stay on separate sides of the street for precautionary purposes.
Murfreesboro resident Sherry Walker, 57, burned sage as she trotted through the controversial rally.
‘The smoke is lifting our prayers to heaven … ‘It’s for cleansing and healing and peace,’ Walker said at the event.
Brad Griffin, who assisted in organizing the Shelbyville rally, said the event lasted for three hours from 10am to 1pm.
The Murfeesboro rally kicked off in the afternoon will likely continue through the evening.
The White Lives Matter protests were hosted by organizations involved in the deadly Charlottesville, Virginia attacks.
As of Saturday afternoon, authorities said no violent incidents took place at either rally