National Socialist Movement members rally at Charlotte's old City Hall
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CHARLOTTE--A heavy police presence filled uptown Charlotte, as a white supremacist group voiced its concerns for the future outside old City Hall.
About 50 members of the National Socialist Movement rallied Saturday against illegal immigrants and the struggling economy.
About twice as many people came out for a counter-protest.
Members of the Latin American Coalition showed up in clown masks to show they think the demonstration is absurd.
"We want them to know that we aren't taking them seriously, we're not going to elevate their message, we're going to keep on making our city a better place, we're not going to bow down to hate,” said Lacey Williams with Latin American Coalition.
"The point of our opposition is to scream and holler dress up like clowns blow whistles, shout out, obscenities, swearing, that kind of thing, for us, it's a good thing, it shows us that the people who oppose us are the degenerates,” said Jeff Schoep with the National Socialist Movement.
No arrests to report so far, and both groups had permits from the city for the demonstrations.
The National Socialist Movement maintains they are not a hate group or neo-Nazis.