The “largest hate gathering of its kind in decades in the United States” will take place on Saturday, August 12, in Charlottesville, Virginia. The demonstration, called “Unite the Right,” will protest the removal of a Confederate-era statue, Newsweek is reporting.
It will draw alt-Right groups, neo-Confederates, Ku Klux Klan members, and neo-Nazis—all of whom have been “emboldened by the Trump presidency,” according to nonprofit civil rights group the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
According to the SPLC, Saturday’s event will be the first large-scale physical meeting by disparate white nationalist and far-right groups, who have previously been confined to extremist messaging boards, websites, and social media. Among those expected to address the gathering are alt-Right leader Richard Spencer, and rapper-turned-alt-Right-troll Tim Gionet, also known as “Baked Alaska.”
“This is the biggest rally event we’ve had this millennium,” event organizer Brad Griffin said on a recent radio showed hosted by former KKK leader David Duke. The rally will give “the movement a real world presence, which it hasn’t had in 15 years,” Griffin said.
According to the Washington Post, extremists planning to attend the event complained on Twitter that their Airbnb accounts had been canceled. Airbnb said it reserved the right to remove users who breach its nondiscrimination clause:
When through our background check processes or from input of our community we identify and determine that there are those who would be pursuing behavior on the platform that would be antithetical to the Airbnb Community Commitment, we seek to take appropriate action including, as in this case, removing them from the platform.
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