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Hundreds rally against racism in Laguna Beach and Venice

Demonstrators carrying signs in protest to racism walk along Main Street in the Venice beach area of Los Angeles on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. Hundreds of people rallied in Southern California to condemn racism in the wake of the deadly events in Charlottesville, Va.
Demonstrators carrying signs in protest to racism walk along Main Street in the Venice beach area of Los Angeles on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. Hundreds of people rallied in Southern California to condemn racism in the wake of the deadly events in Charlottesville, Va.
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Hundreds of people have rallied at Southern California beaches to condemn racism after the deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia last week.

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Several hundred people rallied Saturday near a lifeguard tower in Laguna Beach.

Mayor Toni Iselman told the crowd, "Laguna Beach doesn't tolerate diversity, we embrace diversity."

The demonstration was held one day before the group America First! plans to hold a 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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