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In this Saturday, April 23, 2016 photo, members of the Ku Klux Klan participate in cross burnings after a "white pride" rally in rural Paulding County near Cedar Town, Ga. Born in the ashes of the smoldering South after the Civil War, the KKK died and was reborn before losing the fight against civil rights in the 1960s. Membership dwindled, a unified group fractured, and one-time members went to prison for a string of murderous attacks against blacks. Many assumed the group was dead, a white-robed ghost of hate and violence. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Counter-protesters outnumbered the KKK at a rally for Gen. Lee statue


Over 1,000 counter-protesters showed up to a Ku Klux Klan rally protesting the removal of a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee Statue on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, CBS News reported.

About 50 members of the Loyal White Knights chapter of the KKK assembled in Justice Park around 3 p.m. and the rally lasted until about 4:30 p.m. KKK members were seen waving confederate flags, and according to Daily Beast reporter Gideon Resnick, at least one man was shouting "white power."

Virginia State Police and the Charlottesville Police department were on the scene, and 23 people were arrested, according to the Daily Progress.

The KKK were protesting a Charlottesville City Council resolution, where they voted 3-2 in April to remove the statue of Gen. Lee and sell it, CBS News reported.

But the statute is not currently for sale after judge Richard Moore ruled that removing the statue is against the public's best interest.

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