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Armed Antisemitic ‘Blood Tribe’ Group Takes Tennessee Capitol with Nazi Flag and Chants

A group of roughly two dozen people clad in apparent Nazi gear and symbolism marched in downtown Nashville near the Capitol Saturday.

Metro Nashville Police were initially “monitoring some type of demonstration,” but later said it hadn’t appeared to materialize.

A reporter for the Tennessean didn’t see anything after arriving on the scene.

Videos and photos of the demonstration quickly began circulating online.

“Yesterday, a group of Nazis decided to publicly intimidate and harass by displaying their hateful imagery through the city,” Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville CEO and Rabbi Dan Horwitz said in a release on Sunday. “They flew flags with swastikas on them. They chanted antisemitic slogans. And they hid their faces with masks, like the cowards they are.”

“I was heartened by the videos that circulated on social media of everyday folks in our city – most of whom were not Jewish – challenging and calling out these bigots vocally as they spewed their hate,” he added.

MNPD was quick to respond, Horwitz said, and the organization remains in close contact with law enforcement and city and state leadership following the demonstration.

“Nashville is an amazing place to call home, and an exceptional place to be Jewish. We are not, and will not, be afraid. We will combat baseless hatred and antisemitism by living lives filled with Jewish joy, by building strong relationships with our non-Jewish neighbors, and by ensuring that we’re doing all that needs to be done to ensure the physical safety of our community members and our institutions,” Horwitz said.

Tennessee lawmakers from both sides of the aisle commented on the march Saturday afternoon, broadly condemning the demonstration and antisemitism.

Republican Rep. William Lamberth shared an unwelcome message for the individuals who marched, saying, “Go away Nazi thugs. This is Tennessee and you are NOT welcome here.

“Btw, why not show your faces so we can all see who you are? I would be willing to bet that none of you are from anywhere near here,” District 44 Rep. Lamberth said on X.

Democratic Rep. Aftyn Behn alerted the community to the incident unfolding downtown Saturday.

“Our office is closely monitoring the Nazi rally downtown,” District 51 Rep. Behn said on X. “These groups once relegated to the dark corners, now feel empowered to spew their noxious ideology out in the open due to our state’s leadership REFUSING to condemn their speech and actions.”

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2024/02/18/nazi-marchers-at-capitol-in-nashville-prompt-bipartisan-blowback/72651479007/