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Saturday’s ‘Unite The Right’ Rally in Charlottesville Could Be Largest White Supremacist Gathering in a Decade, ADL Says

Expresses Concern Over Volume and Variety of White Nationalists and Alt-Right Adherents Slated to Attend

New York, NY, August 11, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has released an analysis ahead of the “Unite the Right” rally set to take place tomorrow, Saturday, August 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The League’s Center on Extremism estimates the rally has the potential to be the largest white supremacist gathering in a decade.

“The white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is the latest indication that the darkest corners of society are emboldened to come forward and openly parade their bigotry on main street,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “We continue to stand with Charlottesville Mayor Signer and those who reject intolerance. Hate has no place in our communities.”

ADL’s Center on Extremism has found that beyond its anticipated size, the August 12 “Unite the Right” event will likely attract a wide range of white supremacists, a particularly remarkable feat given ongoing tension and infighting on the extreme right. Those slated to attend include members of racist groups like Identity Evropa, the National Socialist Movement, Vanguard America and the Traditionalist Workers Party, as well as members of various Klan groups.

“White supremacists and extremists across the board have renewed their attempts to insert their hatred in a number of towns and cities across the country. However, the Charlottesville event could be a potentially historic showcase of hate, bringing together more extremists in one place than we have seen in at least a decade.” said Oren Segal, Director of ADL’s Center on Extremism, who has also provided a breakdown in an explainer video.

Last month, ADL released a report identifying the myriad of activists and leaders who personify the alt-right and alt lite movements at a time of increased public activity.

In May, ADL produced a new analysis of the Ku Klux Klan, which despite internal turmoil, remains active in 33 states with just over 40 affiliated groups.

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