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The Latest: Anti-racism rallies held in Laguna Beach, Venice

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) – The Latest on anti-racism rallies in California (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Hundreds of people have rallied at Southern California beaches to condemn racism in the wake of the deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Several hundred people rallied Saturday near a lifeguard tower in Laguna Beach, south of Los Angeles.

Mayor Toni Iselman told the crowd that “Laguna Beach doesn’t tolerate diversity, we embrace diversity.”

The demonstration was held one day before the group America First! planned to hold its own demonstration against illegal immigration in the same spot.

Saturday’s demonstrators said they didn’t want to confront the other group but counter-demonstrators are expected Sunday and police will be out in force.

A similar anti-racism event was held Saturday near the famed Venice beach boardwalk in Los Angeles.

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12:07 p.m.

An anti-racism rally in Laguna Beach has drawn several hundred people.

The peace and unity gathering was held Saturday morning at the beach south of Los Angeles in response to the deadly events at a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Protesters meeting near the beach held signs with a variety of messages, from “Black Lives Matter” to “Respect Earth.” One said: “Make America Human Again.”

Mayor Toni Iselman told the crowd that “Laguna Beach doesn’t tolerate diversity, we embrace diversity.”

The rally came a day before the group America First! planned its own demonstration against illegal immigration in the same place.

Counter-demonstrators are expected.

Laguna Beach police have said they’ll be out in force to prevent violence.


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