A Ku Klux Klan rally in Dayton, Ohio was a massive fail today as only nine people showed and their slogans were drowned out by 500 to 600 protesters who gathered to show their opposition to the hate-group’s message. The rally which was set in advance put the Midwest city on edge and attracted national attention.
The Klan group was confined to the courthouse square, and the members were separated from protesters by a fence.
Anti-Klan protesters, including some dressed to support the Black Panthers and the Antifa, shouted slogans such as “band against the Klan,” according to local media reports. Signs seen in the crowd included, “You Are Not Welcome Here” and “Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere.”
Local Dayton businesses also showed their support for the anti-Klan protest, with “Get your hatin’ out of Dayton” a popular slogan.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley shared her relief that the day had proceeded peacefully in a message on Twitter.
“This ugly chapter is over, but it means we have to get back to the real work – making sure that no matter what you look like, where you come from, or who you love, that you can have a great life here in Dayton,” Whaley wrote.