More than 100 protesters descended on Huntington Beach in California on Sunday to demonstrate against a ‘White Lives Matter’ rally which never happened, just a week after residents received KKK propaganda at their homes.
The proposed ‘White Lives Matter’ rally was scheduled to begin at 1pm in Huntington Beach, and within minutes police arrested two people, including a counterprotester.
The counterprotester was taken into custody for using amplified sound, according to the Los Angeles Times. It’s unclear why the other protester was taken into custody, but police did say the individual had a baton.
Cities nationwide had been preparing for the White Lives Matter rallies that were all scheduled for April 11.
In New York City, a single person arrived at Trump Tower for a ‘White Lives Matter’ march and performed a Nazi salute in front of a small crowd of counterprotesters.
In Huntington Beach, a high profile police presence met the counter protesters, and helicopters and drones buzzed overhead.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: A counter demonstrator is held by Huntington Beach Police during a demonstration to protest the ‘White Lives Matter’ march on Sunday in Huntington Beach, California
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: Police are seen placing the man’s hands behind his back as they prepared to take him into custody on Sunday
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: A protester is detained by police officers while preparing for a counter demonstration against white supremacists who never showed
NEW YORK CITY, NY: A single person arrived at Trump Tower for a ‘White Lives Matter’ march and performed a Nazi salute in front of a small crowd of counterprotesters
NEW YORK CITY, NY: A group of anti-fascist protesters are seen by the Trump Tower on Fifth Ave in Manhattan
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: A man is seen wearing a rainbow mask while holding up a sign that shows a hooded KKK member crossed out
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: A group of counterprotesters are seen waiting to demonstrate against members of the White Lives Matter rally, which never happened
Images from the demonstration showed at least one man being taken to the ground by police officers before he was handcuffed.
According to one protester, who shared images of the demonstration on Instagram, members of ‘the KKK didn’t show’.
The rally was organized by ultra-right groups that have called for April 11 to be a national day of ‘White Lives Matter’.
Investigators have not been successful in determining who exactly organized the event, which was advertised via social media.
The Anti-Defamation League said the demonstration was one of several scheduled across the country. The rallies were said to have been organized through the messaging app Telegram.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: A demonstrator is seen holding a ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign during a counter demonstration on Sunday
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: According to one protester, who shared images of the demonstration on Instagram, members of ‘the KKK didn’t show’
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: Several people were seen holding signs, with one saying: ‘F**KKK white supremacy’
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: Another counterprotester was seen holding a ‘death to the klan’ sign during the demonstration
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: The rally was organized by ultra-right groups that have called for April 11 to be a national day of ‘White Lives Matter’. Counterprotesters are seen during the event on Sunday
The rally also comes after fliers with KKK propaganda were delivered to homes in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Long Beach, according to the LA Times.
However, police do not believe that the same people are responsible for the fliers and the rally.
A ‘Day of Unity’ was also scheduled at the same time as the White Lives Matter event.
Other cities where rallies were supposed to occur include Fort Worth, Texas and Chicago, Illinois.
A rally was also planned in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a counterprotest was planned in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Columbus, Ohio.
In Philadelphia, a small group of counter-protesters attended a ‘Picnic Against Hate’, where free food was offered from a box to attendees.
NEW YORK CITY, NY: A man doing a Nazi salute is escorted past counteprotesters by police on Fifth Avenue in New York
NEW YORK CITY, NY: A group of BLM protesters are seen by the Trump Tower on Fifth Ave. to protest white supremacy
PHILADELPHIA, PA: A small group of counter-protesters attend a ‘Picnic Against Hate’
PHILADELPHIA, PA: Free food was offered for those attending a ‘Picnic against Hate’ in Philly
COLUMBUS, OHIO: Anti-fascists patrol Schiller Park for White Lives Matter protesters