Aug 11, 2018

Counter-protestors gear up for second Unite the Right rally

A counter-protestor in Boston holds a sign that reads "No hate"

Protestors in Boston in 2017, after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

As white supremacists and white nationalists gear up for the second "Unite the Right" rally, this time in Washington, D.C. this weekend, opposition groups are planning their own protests, the Washington Post reports.

The details: The organizer of the rally, Jason Kessler, said he expects around 400 people to show up, per the Post, so the protestors "will likely dwarf the number of participants." One of the counter-protest rallies, United Against Hate, has a permit for 1,000 people. Businesses are also preparing for the weekend, looking at employees' rights to refuse service to white supremacists.

One key quote: Makia Green, of Black Lives Matter D.C., explained, "Our resistance is ever-growing... This progress that they are so afraid of — the rise of black leaders and Black Lives Matter getting bigger and people feeling safe to speak their mind: That is still happening."

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