coun·​ter·​pro·​test | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌprō-ˌtest How to pronounce counterprotest (audio) \
variants: or counter-protest
plural counterprotests or counter-protests

Definition of counterprotest

: a protest staged to counter or oppose another protest A rally … got heated Saturday afternoon. Police stepped in to help de-escalate tensions after a counterprotest emerged …— Colleen MacDonald

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counterprotester \ ˈkau̇n-​tər-​ˌprō-​ˌte-​stər How to pronounce counterprotest (audio) \ or counter-protester noun, plural counterprotesters or counter-protesters
Standing near the back of the crowd at yesterday's rally were about a dozen counterprotesters — Sue Young Wilson Nazis may still march, but they are inevitably outnumbered by counter-protesters. — Ellis Cose

First Known Use of counterprotest

1820, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterprotest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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