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Study: Charlottesville Rally Drew Participants from 35 States

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Unite the Right rally at Emancipation Park (FILE IMAGE) Unite the Right rally at Emancipation Park (FILE IMAGE)
Jason Kessler speaking at the press conference (FILE IMAGE) Jason Kessler speaking at the press conference (FILE IMAGE)
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Unite the Right rally at Emancipation Park (FILE IMAGE) Unite the Right rally at Emancipation Park (FILE IMAGE)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A new report has tracked just how far supporters of the Unite the Right rally traveled to take part in the Charlottesville event.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said it has identified 200 of the “alt-right” and white nationalist supporters who attended Jason Kessler’s rally in Emancipation Park on August 12. They came from at least 35 states, as far away as Alaska.

According to the ADL, most of the “alt-right” members that gathered around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in downtown Charlottesville came from Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Florida.

ADL said Kessler’s event drew five times as many people as any other white nationalist rally in the last decade.

“I think what we're going to see are more errors by white supremacists to leverage this moment in time, the attention that they're receiving, and their ability to bring people together from as far as Alaska and California. How long they can maintain that remains to be seen, and I think the ways communities push back against their hatred will be a factor in those decisions,” said ADL Center on Extremism Director Oren Segal.

The rally drew a massive from people counterprotesting the controversial event. Heather Heyer died after being hit by a car in the area of 4th Street. Dozens of other marchers were also injured in the same alleged attack.

Police have charged James Alex Fields with second-degree murder, hit-and-run, and multiple counts of malicious wounding in that incident.

A control date for Fields is currently scheduled for December 14.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

10/09/2017 Release from the Anti-Defamation League:

Washington, DC, October 9, 2017 … A number of the white supremacists who terrorized the city of Charlottesville on August 12, 2017 returned this past weekend and vowed to continue their campaign of hate.

The approximately 30-person group, led by white supremacist Richard Spencer, gathered for about 10 minutes to give speeches and chant phrases such as “you will not replace us” while holding Tiki torches.

“This incident demonstrates the need for ongoing action to counter extremists who seek to disrupt the lives of others. The city of Charlottesville is still trying to heal, yet this group returned to stoke the flames of hate and reopen this wound,” said Doron Ezickson, Washington, DC regional director for the Anti-Defamation League. “We are pleased that elected officials, law enforcement leaders and educators are all engaging in efforts to root out hate and address extremism.”

ADL’s Regional Office is currently working with local police agencies and public policy officials to crack down on the increase in hate-related activity in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. The anti-hate initiatives include: