Police, city prepare for Independence Mall rally as online tensions swirl

November 15, 2018

Demonstrators gathered at Philadelphia City Hall Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 to denounce a rally scheduled for Independence Hall Saturday that they believe could include white supremacists or other hate groups.

By Staff

City and federal officials say they are prepared for Saturday’s planned rally at Independence Mall, which has drawn attention amid claims that the event touted as a gathering of conservatives and patriots will draw white supremacists or members of other hate groups.

The size and tenor of the so-called “We the People” gathering, which organizers have described as a “pro-Constitution rally,” remained a guessing game. One speaker said he’d heard 400 had people expressed interest in coming, while a co-organizer said he had “no idea” how many attendees would actually show up. Opponents have promised a counter rally.

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