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Virginia KKK Rally: Tear Gas Used, 23 Arrested In Charlottesville - Source Patch

Posted on Jul 11,2017
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,

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By Emily Leayman

Ku Klux Klan members protesting the city of Charlottesville's decision to remove a Confederate statue was largely outnumbered by counter-protesters Saturday.

About 50 KKK members showed up, while more than 1,000 counter-protesters gathered, The Daily Progress in Charlottesville reported. The KKK members were escorted by police through Justice Park, while protesters shouted chants such as "When black lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back,” according to The Daily Progress.

The KKK's rally lasted only 45 minutes, but counter-protesters continued to decry the white supremacist group, as well as police. Nearly two hours after the rally's start, police declared the protest an "unlawful assembly." Authorities used tear gas and arrested 23 people.

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