On Saturday night, Oct. 7, 2017, a torch-lit protest took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, by white nationalists. The ethnocentric event was led this time by a prominent alt-right leader, Richard Spencer. Meanwhile, the city’s mayor, Mike Signer, pointed out this event as “despicable” and “coward.”
“You will not replace us” and ” we will be back” are some of the slogans yelled at Emancipation Park which lasted over 20 minutes before the participants vanished.
This protest occurs just only 2 months after the clash encounter between white nationalists and counterprotesters on Aug. 12. The encounter left 3 people killed and at least 35 injured after 20-year-old Alex Fields, deliberately plowed his car into a crowd. White nationalist, neo-Nazi, and pro-Confederate groups were protesting the demolition proposal of the Confederate statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park.
Mayor Signer also tweeted they are working on “legal options” in order to counter, react, and decelerate the pernicious movement in the city.
Written by Bassil Sockar
Edited by Cathy Milne
CBS News: White nationalists hold torch rally in Charlottesville
USA Today: Deadly car attack, violent clashes in Charlottesville: What we know now
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