More than a hundred people bussed into a Virginia town to counter-protest a non-existent Ku Klux Klan rally Saturday.
When the anti-KKK protesters realized there would be no rally to protest, they embarked on a spontaneous march through the town anyways, blocking traffic and forcing local police to monitor their march. The group may have simply hit the wrong town, as a group of KKK members did parade through the streets of one nearby.
The Danville Police Department was warned about the incoming caravan around noon Saturday, as a North Carolina Sheriff’s Office called to say about 80 anti-KKK protesters had left Pelham, N.C., and were headed their way. The group showed up and gathered in front of the Sutherlin Mansion on Main Street, where they told police they were expecting a KKK rally.
Police told a local outlet the protesters broke for lunch when they realized the rally wasn’t happening, and then regrouped in stronger numbers about an hour later. At that point, police said they broke into a “spontaneous and peaceful” march down Main Street that lasted about an hour.
Meanwhile, in nearby Roxboro, N.C., a caravan organized by the KKK of about 20 vehicles drove through the streets waving American and Confederate flags in celebration of President-elect Donald Trump’s win. They reportedly posted the event on social media, but did not specify where exactly the parade would take place.
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