ADL urges protesters to avoid confrontation at Unite the Right rally – The Charlottesville Newsplex

Posted By on August 11, 2017

NEW YORK (NEWSPLEX) — A national organization says it has been monitoring the rhetoric ahead of Saturday’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

According to a release from the Anti-Defamation League, there are heightened concerns about the potential for physical confrontation and violence at the event.

The ADL says the rally could be the largest white supremacy gathering in a decade.

The organization urges protesters to avoid physical contact with other groups and to maintain a safe distance.

The release says people should not engage with or debate protesters, and should not speak to or respond to them in any way.

Protesters are often allowed to speak and distribute materials or hold signs because it may be legally protected speech.

However, if anyone receives threatening messages or if a protester acts in a threatening manner, local law enforcement should be notified.

The ADL says any confrontation that gains media attention will play into the hands of extremist groups.

The Unite the Right rally is set to take place Saturday. City officials approved a permit for it to occur in McIntire Park, but the organizer says he intends to hold the rally at the location he originally requested, Emancipation Park.

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