Charlottesville mayor slams alt-right protest after another torch rally is held

Charlottesville mayor slams alt-right protest after another torch rally is held

In mid-August, a series of rallies held across two days in the city by white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis turned horrifically violent, culminating in a domestic terrorism attack when a vehicle drove into the anti-racist counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer. Whether the statue will remain or be removed depends on a legal challenge after a court blocked its removal.

Like a cockroach who just won't die, Richard Spencer and his white nationalist tiki-torch bearing friends once again descended on Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, the bicentennial of the University of Virginia.

Most of the demonstrators this time were men dressed in white button-up shirts and khaki trousers.

Police cars reportedly followed the tour bus to make sure the group was leaving the city.

"Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards", he wrote. On published the videos, hear the men chanting, "don't replace" and "We will return".

In video from the rally, which was published by Spencer, he said that Charlottesville has become a symbol of suppression of freedom of speech and destruction of historical monuments.

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"We wanted to prove that we came in peace in May, we came in peace in August, and we come again in peace", he stated.

After the harried stopover, Richard Spencer uploaded a photo of himself at the rally, deeming "Charlottesville 3.0" a success."We came, we triggered, we left", he said.

The ADL said it found the " Unite the Right" event was the first association by most participants with white supremacy.

Officials with the Charlottesville police department did not immediately respond to requests for comment Saturday night. One person protesting against white supremacy in an August 12 rally was struck by a vehicle and killed. A common theme of white nationalism in the United States is the idea that white people are being killed off in a genocide.

President Donald Trump was pilloried for his initial response to the August events, which included him condemning bigotry and violence "on many sides".