The Convenience of Law

Ten anti-fascist protesters were arrested in an Atlanta, Georgia suburb Saturday under a law originally meant to prevent Klu Klux Klan rallies while a group of Neo-Nazis rallied nearby.

A police force of over 700 officers was present at the event, predominantly dressed in full riot gear and carrying military-grade weapons.

The law officers cited in the arrests, which dates back to 1951, was originally put in place to prevent public gatherings of Klu Klux Klan members in the state.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reports that at least 18 states passed such laws between 1920 and the late 1950s.

After the rally, Neo-Nazis reportedly moved to a field where they made fascist salutes while burning wooden swastikas.

None of the Neo-Nazis were arrested.

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