League cancels event at Sycamore Shoals State Park near Johnson City

LS hard right black cross Dec 2017A few days ago, we received word from State and local authorities in Tennessee that we 1) must purchase insurance to hold our event and 2) must agree to an open-ended “bill” for security at Sycamore Shoals State Park. Neither are acceptable to us for some simple reasons. First, the insurance policy we would be forced to purchase was $400 per month for a minimum of 12 months for a total outlay of $4800. Second, the State authorities told us we would be on the hook for an “open-ended bill” for whatever security they thought necessary for the event at the park; only fools would agree to such a deal. Consequently, we have cancelled our event for Saturday, 29 September, at Sycamore Shoals State Park.

We believe such tactics are designed to force us to pay for our “right” to assemble publicly and to speak freely in the public square. Apparently such heavy-handed financial pressure is how the authorities in Tennessee intend to deal with us whenever we seek to have an event on public property. If Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other leftist groups can threaten to show up and cause trouble at our events and the authorities demand that we pay the price for any trouble that might occur, then our rights to public assembly and free speech may as well be dead. This is a game we will not play.

We had hoped to provide a venue for Southerners to show pride in their culture and its symbols and to protest the pulling down of our flags, monuments, and other manifestations of our cultural inheritance all across the South. But because of these authoritarian tactics, we won’t be doing it on 29 September in Sycamore Shoals State Park. We will not pay one penny for tribute in order to exercise the rights our ancestors fought to protect for us.

Michael Hill

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Michael Hill

Dr Michael Hill is President of the League of the South. He is a retired university professor of history and author of two books on Celtic warfare.