NEWPORT—Early goers in Newport Saturday morning were met with a surprising scene.

Protesters from The League of the South were on numerous streets in the downtown area waving flags and distributing paraphernalia.

The group marched on the streets and sidewalks in Newport, before they were dispersed at around 9 a.m. by City of Newport Police Chief, Maurice Shults.

There were no counterprotestors at the surprise protest on Saturday morning.

City of Newport ordinances state that groups wishing to form a protest in such a manner, must obtain a parade permit from the city, before they hold such an event.

According to the League of the South’s website, the group is a ‘Southern nationalist organization’ with the ultimate goal of ‘a free and independent Southern republic.’ It defines the southern United States as the state’s that made up the Confederacy.

The organization is headquartered in Killen, Ala.

According to an online blog, Occidental Dissent, the League protested in Newport in a ‘flash rally’ after cancelling its plans to hold a scheduled rally at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton. That event was scheduled due to issues with security costs at Tennessee State Parks.

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