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Charlottesville white supremacist rally drew attendees from 35 states

WASHINGTON — A torchlight rally by white supremacists that descended into violence in Charlottesville, Va., in August drew participants from at least 35 states and spoke to the ability of the self-described ‘‘alt-right’’ fringe movement to mobilize adherents nationwide, the Anti-Defamation League said in a report Sunday.

The analysis of 200 participants came one day after Richard Spencer, the leader of the Aug. 11-12 demonstration, returned Saturday with fewer than 50 followers to the home of the University of Virginia as it celebrated its bicentennial and posted video of a planned, 10-minute ‘‘flash mob.’’

Spencer called Saturday’s protest — where demonstrators chanted ‘‘We’re going to come back again’’ — a success, but the event was far smaller than August’s ‘‘Unite the Right’’ rally, which drew an estimated 500 to 600 participants, the ADL report noted.

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The individuals identified came mostly from the eastern United States, but included some from as far away as Alaska, California, Arizona, and Washington. Only 7 percent were women, reflecting studies that the movement is mostly young and male.

Washington Post