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3 arrested at gathering denouncing Confederate torch protest

19 May, 2017, 17:23 | Author: Mae Harvey
  • Credit Allison Wrabel on Twitter

The protesters gathered on Charlottesville's Robert E Lee Park, where a statue of the Confederate general that the city council voted to remove is located.

As a leading figure of the "alt-right", Spencer prides himself on protecting what he and his followers see as America's white heritage and pride.

Participants chanted, "We will not be replaced", "Russia is our friend" and "Blood and soil", a historic Nazi chant, ABC News reported. Spencer said during the daytime protest.

"You will not replace us", the protestors shouted in unison on Saturday.

Twitter photos show him holding a torch in an unidentified location.

Wait, a tiki torch?

Police arrived this evening following an altercation between protesters, and the crowd dispersed, according to reports.

Despite the fact that the park itself was initially given to the city by Paul McIntire in 1917 on the condition that it be home to a statue of General Robert E. Lee, city officials chose to have it removed.

A group suing Charlottesville over the Lee statue removal says it had no involvement in the Saturday events.

The statue has become a rallying cry for Corey Stewart, a Republican gubernatorial candidate.

The demonstration occurred on Saturday night and was in response to the planned removal of a confederate monument in the city.

During the last minutes of the rally, several disorders ensued and while breaking these up one of our officers was struck with an object thrown from the crowd causing a minor injury to his head.

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie and state Sen. "I will not be intimidated".

In an email, Wagner called the two rallies "totally unacceptable". He also called on all Virginians "to act responsibly and honorably". All four candidates are seeking to become the next governor of Virgina, and succeed current Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who can not run again because he is term-limited.

Said Northam, "There is no place for hate, fear, or intimidation in Virginia".

Charlottesville City Council on Monday evening expressed outrage at a white nationalist rally over the weekend that received global attention. Spencer also has advocated for an "ethno-state" that would be a "safe space" for white people.

But Perriello was quick to remind Spencer that the cause he was championing actually did lose, "in 1865". "150 years later, you're still not over it".

Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer condemned the torch-lit protest shortly afterwards, and he compared it to a KKK rally in a statement to the media.

"I believe there's room for a statewide commission on racial healing and transformation here in Virginia", he said. "Based upon what I'm seeing online, the people involved in this have a juvenile mentality and are beneath our contempt".

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