[ View the story "Protesters in North Dakota rally against white nationalists" on Storify] Protesters in North Dakota rally against white nationalists The town of Leith, North Dakota finds itself in the middle of two opposing visions for its future.
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In an attempt to gain control of local government through elections, Cobb (pictured below) has been buying vacant lots throughout the city and
other "like-minded" people to join him in Leith. According to
, Cobb has already transferred property to a former Grand Dragon of the Klu Klux Klan and another to the proprietor of a white nationalist website. Cobb's supporters and members of UnityND came to a head during a scheduled neo-Nazi press conference held at the town's City Hall.
Those who attended the demonstrations used social media to share what they saw and heard.
White supremacist speaking. Standing before a flag w/a swastika. Can't believe my eyes and ears. Big thanks to protestors at Leith #UnityNDKaren Shapiro
White supremacy flag at townhall mtng in Leith, ND!! Happening now! #UnityND http://twitter.com/drjumpingeagle/status/381887934242123776/photo/1Sara Jumping Eagle
Cobb taunting people, People don't like it #UnityND http://twitter.com/245NorthMain/status/381919889700556800/photo/1Two Story
Make no mistake.. .there are PLENTY OF WHITE PEOPLE there protesting against the white supremacist #UnityNDEileen Haag
@Lastrealndn: If u think u can come into our territory & effect our children u got another thing coming." #UnityND http://twitter.com/lastrealindians/status/381893834025619456/photo/1lastrealindians.com
Those who were not there also extended their support by using the hashtag
They thought that Leith had a pop. of only 24 people. They really have a pop. of 600+K--all of ND. We support #Leith #UnityND #unityNDelizabeth lavenuta
People coming together that are from different communities, cultures, and races to protect our peaceful state. #UnityND #NorthDakotaFelicia Nadeau
Although some did not agree with Cobb's intentions, they did support his right to express himself.
We must be tolerant of their intolerance... /sCyanManta
i fully support neo nazi and that type of racist people going to live in a city of their own. then they can stop bothering the rest of us. yearofthenope
The fact that Cobb's plans to change Leith would be a a long battle was not lost on North Dakotans.
I hope people don't forget about Cobb & his Neo Nazis after the rally. It's not over. The town hall showed they intend to stay. #UnityNDRuth Hopkins
Well, almost everybody. We were here this morning. We will be here tonight and we will be here for everyday after that. We are #UnityND.Two Story