Police: Armed protesters told to leave Juneteenth festival

Franklin, Tenn. (WSMV) – Two separate protest groups were asked to leave downtown Franklin on Saturday after attempting to disrupt the Juneteenth celebration.

Franklin police said one of the groups consisted of people with signs “White Lives Matter” and “Stop White Replacement”. He said another group, who said they were a buffer between festivals and another group, consisted of people who were armed and wearing ballistic vests.

Members of each group were also reportedly handing out pamphlets saying they were protesting because “the anti-white system is committed to our spiritual and physical genocide,” to festival-goers before the police arrived.

The officers told both groups to leave, and they complied. No violence or arrests were reported after Franklin officials intervened.

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