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Two hate groups expected to protest immigration Uptown

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At least two hate groups are expected to protest immigration in uptown Charlotte this weekend.

The National Socialist Movement (NSM) and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) are said to be teaming up for an anti-immigration rally Saturday.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Socialist Movement is one of the largest and most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the United States. It is "notable for its violent anti-Jewish rhetoric, its racist views and its policy allowing members of other racist groups to join NSM while remaining members of other groups."

On its website, the National Socialist Movement says it "…condemns illegal actions and in such we do not endorse any acts of violence or terrorism." It goes on to call itself a "White Civil Rights Movement" working to "restore American to its former glory".

One of the main tenets within the National Socialist Movement is the belief that only heterosexual "pure-blood whites" should be allowed U.S. citizenship and that all nonwhites should be deported, regardless of legal status.

NSM Leader Jeff Schoep writes "The Constitution was written by white men alone. Therefore, it was intended for whites alone."

On the NSM website, there is a list of "25 Points of American National Socialism". Point #4 states "…only those of pure White blood, whatever their creed, may be members of the nation. Non-citizens may live in America only as guests and must be subject to laws for aliens."

Point #7 states "All non-White immigration must be prevented. We demand that all non-Whites currently residing in America be required to leave the nation forthwith and return to their land of origin: peacefully or by force."

The Southern Poverty Law Center says NSM ideology mirrors the original American Nazi Party. The group calls Hitler the "beloved Holy Father of our age…a visionary in every respect."

It is these beliefs the National Socialist Movement brings to Charlotte Saturday.

But the group says, it's not buying the "hate group" label.

Frederick Cooke is coming to the protest.

He told WBTV's Steve Crump, "We don't hate anybody. We don't hate any racial groups at all. We're basically for white people what the NAACP is for black people."

Cooke also told Crump, "Immigrants need to go. Illegal immigrants need to go back to their country of origin."

The Latin American Coalition is planning a counter-protest called "Send in the clowns".  

Lacey Williams is the youth coordinator for the Latin American Coalition. She says, "I just think it's important to counter them and for you not to think this way."

Organizers issued the following statement:

The hate-based views of the NSM and KKK have no place in our multicultural society or in our nation's civilized discourse. While we acknowledge their First Amendment right to speak freely, we believe that hate and hate-speech should never go unchallenged. We choose not be silent and to battle their hate with humor. And clown noses.

Williams said, "We don't to take them seriously, but we're not gonna let them go unchecked so we're gonna dress as clowns."

Counter-protesters will rally directly across from the NSM/KKK rally at the Old City Hall on Davidson Street, between 4th and Trade. The counter-protest rally will be held from 3:00 p.m. -5:45 p.m.

Click here to find the Facebook page for the Latin American Coalition counter-protest.

Read more here about the NSM from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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