Counter Demonstrations Overwhelmed a KKK Rally in Dayton, Ohio (in Photos)

The demonstrations were ultimately peaceful—but expensive.
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A Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group scheduled a rally last weekend in Dayton, Ohio. In total, nine people showed up in support. But nearly 600 counter-protesters gathered to demonstrate their opposition. As a microcosm of larger conflicts over race and inequality in America, the event's potential for a clash elevated it to the national stage.

The rally was hosted by the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as a KKK hate group.

More than 350 police officers were present to monitor the demonstrations and maintain peace in Dayton. To facilitate peaceful protest, members of the Klan-affiliated group were restricted to the courthouse square, separated by a fence from the other demonstrators.

The protest remained peaceful: "no arrests, no citations and no use of force," Cara Neace, a Dayton police public information specialist told Time.

The anti-Klan demonstrators included Antifa members, members of religious groups, New Black Panthers, and university students, the New York Times reported. A variety of local businesses also supported the counter-protesters, with "Get your hatin' out of Dayton" signs.

While the demonstrations were peaceful, they were also expensive: Overall, costs associated with the rally—such as law enforcement—amounted to roughly $650,000, Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein told the Dayton Daily News.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley expressed her relief at the peaceful outcome of the protests in a statement published on Twitter. However, she noted that the event highlighted the racial inequality that remains a pervasive issue in Dayton (Dayton is one of the most racially segregated cities in America). "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.

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A religious counter-protester group sings church hymns during a demonstration against the rally by a small group from the KKK-affiliated Honorable Sacred Knights in Dayton, Ohio, on May 25th, 2019.

A religious counter-protester group sings church hymns during a demonstration against the rally by a small group from the KKK-affiliated Honorable Sacred Knights in Dayton, Ohio, on May 25th, 2019. 

A young man holds a sign while protesting against the Honorable Sacred Knights on May 25th, 2019.

A young man holds a sign while protesting against the Honorable Sacred Knights on May 25th, 2019.

Law enforcement officers keep careful watch over the various activities occurring during a rally held by the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana at Courthouse Square on May 25th, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.

Law enforcement officers keep careful watch over the various activities occurring during a rally held by the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana at Courthouse Square on May 25th, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.

Members of the Dayton chapter of the Black Panthers protest against a small group from the KKK-affiliated Honorable Sacred Knights during a rally in Dayton, Ohio, on May 25th, 2019.

Members of the Dayton chapter of the Black Panthers protest against a small group from the KKK-affiliated Honorable Sacred Knights during a rally in Dayton, Ohio, on May 25th, 2019.

Counter-demonstrators hold signs in protest of a KKK-affiliated Honorable Sacred Knights rally in Dayton, Ohio, on May 25th, 2019.

Counter-demonstrators hold signs in protest of a KKK-affiliated Honorable Sacred Knights rally in Dayton, Ohio, on May 25th, 2019.

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