Nine Members of the KKK Hold Rally in Ohio
A Klu Klux Klan rally held in Dayton, Ohio, drew nine members to the event and hundreds of violent antifa and nonwhite counterprotesters.
The rally was held in the center of downtown Dayton at Courthouse Square and was hosted by the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana.
Though the rally, which received a permit from Montgomery County earlier this year, was slated to have 10 to 20 or more members of the group in attendance, police say only nine members showed up.
Footage captured from the rally showed the small group of members stationed behind several fences while waving KKK flags and the U.S. flag at times.
But on the opposite side of Courthouse Square, hundreds of violent antifa and nonwhite counterprotesters, some of whom were armed, could be seen swarming the area for much of the rally, which lasted roughly three hours.
“It’s very shocking to me,” a 42-year-old negroid male said of the rally. “I mean, being a black man from Chicago, and in your mind you feel like you're past certain things that you're not going to see, and it's just shocking that you’re actually gonna see something like this.”
“We are legally obligated to provide access to public spaces where individuals can exercise their freedom of speech and right to assemble,” Montgomery County Administrator Michael Colbert told local media.
“More importantly, we will continue to work with our local law enforcement and community organizations to ensure public safety before, during and after the planned event,” Colbert added.
In March, the city of Dayton even sued the group in an effort to stop the rally from happening.
According to The Dayton Daily News, the city was estimated to have spent over $600,000 on security costs for the rally.