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Dozens of counter protesters decry racists in Woodstock

Feb 21, 2022 2:02 pm

Several online videos and photos show that dozens of local residents turned out in Woodstock Feb. 19, to protest the dozen racists with their faces hidden who rallied at the same location on Feb. 11. The counter-protest drew significantly more people than the original demonstration by the group White Lives Matter New York. Also locally, the New York chapter of the hate group "White Lives Matter" held a banner Jan. 14 in front of the gazebo in the park in Chatham. The group has been recently placing recruitment stickers on park benches, parking meters, utility poles, and road signs in Hudson and Stockport and have posted a video of a “meet-up” in North Greenbush. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups nationally, says the White Lives Matter group first formed in Texas about seven years ago by leaders associated with neo-Nazi groups. In Woodstock Feb. 19, as a snow squall passed, the group mingled, chanted, and demonstrated there are many more people who do not hold racist views. Here is a short excerpt of what the event sounded like, from the Anti Racist Catskills" Instagram feed. (Click here to play or download a short excerpt of the sound at the rally.)

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