Mayor pans racist rally

Right-wing extremists may find themselves seriously outnumbered at a rally planned for Saturday in Vancouver.

The gathering, just one week after deadly violence erupted at a Virginia rally, is being organized by World Coalition Against Islam Canada and the anti-immigration Cultural Action Party of Canada.

However, as of Wednesday afternoon, only 18 people had signed up on Facebook for the alt. right gathering, while more than 1,600 had RSVP'd to an "Oppose the Racists in Metro Vancouver" counter-protest.

Vancouver Police say they are aware of the rally and will take appropriate security measures.

Mayor Gregor Robertson denounced the event, saying: “They have the right to demonstrate, but hatred and racism have no place in this city, and I expect people to confront that.”

Social media is lighting up with posts encouraging people to turn out at 2 p.m. in protest.

Concerns of violence are at the forefront after the incident in Charlottesville. During a rally by a group called Unite the Right, a man drove a car into a group of counter protesters, killing one woman.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

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