Counterprotesters gather at Huntington Beach ahead of ‘White Lives Matter’ rally as cops fly helicopters & drones above

CROWDS of counterprotesters have gathered to demonstrate against a white supremacy rally due to take place this afternoon at Huntington Beach in California.

Cops have already made arrests near the pier as police helicopters and drones circle above.

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Dozens of counterprotesters armed with strongly-worded signs have turned out to hit out at a so-called Whites Lives Matter march scheduled for today.

One such demonstrator has been taken into custody for using amplified sound, reports the LA Times.

Huntington Beach police Lt. Brian Smith said a second man was also taken into custody.

He told the news outlet that second person had a weapon on him, describing it as a baton.

More police than usual have been deployed to the area with a large contingency on standby.

“Our hope is that everybody can come express their free speech in a peaceful manner today,” Smith added.

The march was organized by Ultra-right groups that have called for April 11, to be a national day of White Lives Matter.

It is one of several advertised on social media to be taking place across the US to “unify White people against white hate.”

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