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Dozens gather for protest, counter protest at Florida Capitol

Dozens gather for protest, counter protest at Florida Capitol
Posted at 3:10 PM, Jan 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-28 16:38:02-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Tensions were high but the crowds avoided violence at a race-charged rally and counter-protest at the Florida Capitol Saturday.

The white nationalist group League of the South held what they say is their first major public demonstration in Tallahassee. On their website, the League of the South asked people to show their support for the "growing Southern nationalist movement."

A counter-protest was held by the Tallahassee chapter of Students for a Democratic Society, along with other student groups like the Black Student Union, Dream Defenders and local NAACP members. Their goal? To stand against all forms of racism, hatred, and bigotry in Tallahassee.

Law enforcement officials from the Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Department of Law Enforcement monitored the scene, helping to keep the peace.

The protest and counter-protest started at about 8:30 a.m. and began dwindling around 1 p.m.