Study: Charlottesville Rally Drew Participants from 35 States
A study has found that a white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville earlier this year drew participants from at least 35 states.
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.
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.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.