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Letter: Dahlonega should have done more to warn people about rally
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People walk past Dahlonega General Store during Dahlonega's Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

Dahlonega media and elected officials have done very little to adequately warn locals and visitors about the white supremacist rally scheduled on the town square for Saturday, Sept. 14. The speakers will include nationally known Nazi Jovi Val, who has attended violent protests in other cities; William Carter, who served as David Dukes' presidential campaign manager; and several other diehard white supremacists and neo-Nazis. 

The rally may only last for two hours, but organizer Chester Doles (convicted felon, avowed neo-Nazi, and former state leader in the super-violent National Alliance) has also rented a pavilion at a local park, where he and his supporters will hold a party from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Activists who follow white supremacist and neo-Nazi social media have posted screenshots from organizers advising supporters to attach their rally signs to "oak walking sticks," which can be used as clubs. All of this info and background is online via Twitter and other sites. At latest count, at least three Dahlonega restaurants plan to close for the day due to safety concerns. Town merchants are very worried about the impact on the fall tourist season. As well they should be.

Deborah Smith