The city of Stone Mountain Park Georgia, about 25 miles northeast of Atlanta, announced in a tweet Friday, and said a decision was made to close the Park this Saturday.
Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, known for its giant rock carvings of Confederate leaders is home to the largest monument to America’s Civil War Confederacy, according to Reuters.
The City is anticipating and preparing for at least two opposing groups of protesters whose intentions are to demonstrate at Stone Mountain Park on Saturday, August 15, 2020, thus the decision of closing.
“Every effort is being made to ensure that any demonstrations conducted within the City’s limits are performed peacefully and without incident,” the tweet read. City officials said that out of an abundance of caution it was warning residents and visitors to avoid the area and said buses in the city will be suspended.
A far-right group, Three Percenters, applied last month to hold a rally with more than 2,000 people at the park on Saturday, according to Reuters. The militia said it wanted “to defend and protect our history” and Second Amendment rights.
Officials denied the application because of violence that erupted at a similar event in 2016, Reuters reported.
Despite this, several groups, including one called Defending Stone Mountain, said online that they would hold a rally at the park anyway and asked participants to bring U.S. and Confederate flags. An opposing group, Atlanta Antifascists, said it would hold a counterprotest.
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