Protesters, Counterprotesters Clash over Lee Statue in Richmond
17 September, 2017, 07:36 | Author: Valerie Burke
Organizers of Saturday's Confederate monument rally in Richmond explained why they traveled here from out-of-state for the weekend demonstration.
"We're here to stand up with Virginia residents who requested our assistance here", said Tara Brandau, a CSA II: The New Confederate States of America leader from Florida.
"Virginia public safety officials have been in constant contact with City of Richmond officials as we prepare for the planned protest in the city tomorrow".
The New Confederate States of America based in Dandridge, Tenn., has advertised a "Heritage Not Hate" rally in Richmond at the statue of Confederate Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue.
There is no such vote on the table in Richmond, which served as the Capital of the Confederacy.
As of 11:32 a.m., there were no arrests, although one person was removed from the scene, according to the Richmond Police Department.
"I hope nobody loses their lives tomorrow, on either side, I really do".
"We are taking the anticipated events seriously and we also will not tolerate violence", Mayor Levar Stoney said. "We came here to help the general population that need to support the landmarks".
Those two groups held their own protest of the Confederate monument last month.
Richmond police are teaming up with police from within the region and State Troopers to prevent what happened in Charlotteville from reoccurring.
"You're causing trouble in our city", Lawrence yelled at the group. "Have you no sensibility?" In a tweet posted Saturday, Richmond police said the move to end the rally early was "a mutually agreed-upon decision" made by both police and rally organizers.
We call on Mayor Levar M. Stoney and Police Chief Alfred Durham to protect the law-abiding, peace-loving citizens of Richmond by rounding up these out of town criminals and locking them up. "Try not to appear".
Anyone who showed up to the rally wearing masks or carrying other weapons would be arrested, police said. Nonconformists who attempted to disguise their characters with covers would be captured, no inquiries inquired. "That is the battle here".
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