White Nationalists Outnumbered by Counter-demonstrators and Police at Capitol Rally

Jan 29, 2018

The white nationalist group League of the South was met with furious counter-demonstrators in Tallahassee on Saturday (1/27). Around 200 officers from every law enforcement agency in town helped keep the two groups apart in front of the Historic Florida Capitol.

Just some of the counter-demonstrators and law enforcement officers gathered in response to the League of the South's Capitol rally.
Credit Tom Flanigan

The League, identified as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, had called its Florida rally "2018 Off and Running." Instead, the slightly more than two-dozen neo-Confederates found themselves immobilized by hundred of angry opponents.

(Sounds of crowd chanting, "You're surrounded!")

League President Michael Hill worried they might mistakenly think his group totally supported President Trump.

"We agree with some of the things he's done and some of the things we vehemently disagree with, so I'd like to get that out there," he told a small group of reporters as counter-demonstrators yelled in the background.

But Hill added there's no mistaking his group's real goal, which is to create a an all-white, Christian homeland.

"We're a secessionist organization," he insisted. "We believe the South would be better off as its own nation and not ruled by either party from Washington, DC."

After a few hours of tense confrontation, the crowds dispersed. There was no physical violence and no arrests.