Who Were the Counterprotesters in Virginia?

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The white nationalist demonstrations that led to violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend focused attention not just on the far-right groups that organized the rally but also on the professed anti-fascist groups and individuals who staged counterprotests. Both sides are considering what actions to take in the future.

Who marched against the ‘Unite the Right’ rally?

Those who marched against the rally on Saturday in Charlottesville said they stood broadly in solidarity against white supremacy, but they espoused a wide array of ideological beliefs, preferred tactics and political goals. A large number were ordinary residents of Charlottesville who wanted to show their disdain for white supremacist groups, particularly after the Ku Klux Klan held a rally in the city on July 8. But some carried signs expressing more far-flung ideologies — denouncing capitalism, for instance, alongside fascism and racism.

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