Charlottesville prepares for a white nationalist rally on Saturday

Friday, 11 August 2017, 10:05:46 AM. The protest of the city’s decision to remove Confederate statues follows a similar rally by the KKK last month.
For the second time in six weeks, Charlottesville is bracing for a protest of its decision earlier this year to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. White nationalists, white supremacists and members of alt-right groups — a small, far-right movement that seeks a whites-only state — will gather in the city at noon Saturday for the Unite the Right rally to voice opposition to the decision and assert itself as a movement. The planned event — and one held July 8 by the Ku Klux Klan for the same purpose — has sparked fierce opposition in this town of close to 50,000. Large counterdemonstrations are planned by a collection of faith-based groups, civil rights organizations, local businesses, and faculty and students at the University of Virginia, which is located in the city. The convergence of potentially thousands of protesters and counterdemonstrators has left many city leaders, residents and business owners worried about possible violence and property damage in the typically tranquil community. “With large crowds of individuals with strongly held and potentially opposing beliefs, there is also the potential for conflict,” the city’s communications director, Miriam Dickler, wrote in a news release. “Those who live and work in the area of these events should exercise their best judgment on the day of the rally and should avoid the area if they have concerns.” [Ku Klux Klan rally draws loud counterprotest in Charlottesville] As it did with the...Read more
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