Ohio KKK rally met with massive counter-protest and witty signs from local businesses

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A much anticipated Ku Klux Klan (KKK) rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday afternoon, saw a measly 10 people (yes, 10). The KKK members were met with a barrage of counter-protesters and local businesses taking a stand against hate. 

Officials worried the rally could turn violent, following in the footsteps of the 2017 Charlottesville rally. So, ahead of the rally, the city geared up with cops and shut down streets. 

Counter-protesters showed up hours before the KKK members arrived for their rally. The KKK members, of about 10 people, were heavily outnumbered by a much larger crowd. 

Many shared photos online of different anti-fascist signs that had popped up around the city.

Most notably were photos from local businesses, such as restaurants and transportation services that wanted to take a stand against hate groups. 

Other signs, made by civilians, were also seen at the rally.

The rally was (thankfully) very anti-climatic. Freelance journalist Marcus DiPaola, on the ground, wrote that the KKK members’ signs weren’t even visible.

People had a lot of different messages for the haters.


The whole rally had reportedly dispersed by 3pm ET. 


Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque