After a rumor circulated that white supremacists were going to rally Friday afternoon in Durham, North Carolina, hundreds of counter-protesters took over the streets instead.
According to ABC 11, city officials didn’t issue any permits for a march during the afternoon, and there was no confirmation of a white supremacist march taking place.
Instead, a tweet sent by attorney T. Greg Doucette appeared to spread on Twitter, and an impromptu counter protest brought hundreds of people near a Confederate monument at Roxboro Street and Main Street.
Doucette said that the rally was planned downtown from noon until about 5 p.m.
Durham police caught wind of the rumor and took precautions, closing streets around the area as counter-protesters made their way to the streets. However, Durham Sheriff Mike Andrews said he had received no information confirming the rumor.
“The Durham County Sheriff’s Office has not received verified information confirming a counter protest will occur in Durham at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. this evening,” Andrews said to ABC 11. “I want to continue urging residents to rely upon verified information to avoid circulating rumors that can put lives at risk.”
Before noon, two large protest groups took to the city and converged near the city’s old courthouse, where a Confederate monument was pulled to the ground earlier in the week after the violence spurred by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Social media users said there were no signs of white supremacists on the downtown streets, as they were rumored to do.
During the Charlottesville rally this past weekend, hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis gathered to protest a proposal to remove a Robert E. Lee statue from a local park.
The demonstrations turned violent and then deadly as activists clashed with counter-protesters and authorities. One woman was killed and another 19 were injured when a man allegedly drove a car into a large group of people marching down the street. Nineteen others suffered injuries from the incident.
The violence in Charlottesville brought about dozens of protests across the U.S. this past week as people come out in large numbers to call for the removal of Confederate statues in various cities.
Here are some photos and videos from the Durham rally: