Group of white nationalists holds torch-lit rally in Charlottesville

Gladys Abbott
October 9, 2017

Many in the group wore white t-shirts and chanted "we will be back".

White nationalist groups marched with torches through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on August 11.

"Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards", Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a tweet.

Mayor Signer also tweeted they are working on "legal options" in order to counter, react, and decelerate the pernicious movement in the city. "We are a people who, for too long, cowered and scared at the idea of being called racist, but this no longer affects us". After the rally, the group left the park, boarded a bus and left the city, according to police. You're not welcome here!

Two months after sparking nationwide outrage and clashes, dozens of White nationalist protesters returned to the USA town of Charlottesville on Saturday night.

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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", Spencer told the Washington Post. "We came, we triggered, we left", he said. After news of Spencer's gathering leaked onto social media, images of counterprotesters gathering on the street followed, but the torch rally appeared to have already ended.

On Aug. 12, the "Unite the Right" rally was planned to protest the removal of the Lee statue but turned deadly when counter-protester Heather Heyer, 32, was killed by a vehicle driven into a crowd. Once again, the men chanted, "You-will not-replace us".

They also spoke again about Russian Federation being their "friend" and that "The South will rise again".

The governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, said on Twitter that officials were "monitoring this situation" and would "oppose these racists and their message of hate".

This stands in stark contrast, however to a recent report in Newsweek detailing the FBI's decision to label minority groups like Black Lives Matter as a "violent threat" and begin referring to them as "black identity extremists". A 32-year-old woman was killed when a vehicle plowed into counter-protesters, and two police officers died in a helicopter crash.

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