White nationalists return to Charlottesville less than 2 months after violent clashes

White nationalists return to Charlottesville less than 2 months after violent clashes

Dozens of torch-wielding white supremacists led by Richard Spencer flocked to a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Va., for the first time since a neo-Nazi attacked marching protesters, killing one. The rally elicited fear and anger from the Charlottesville community.

"Our identity matters", said Spencer.

According to the statement, the city hopes "to prevent future reoccurrences" of the rallies and develop proactive legal, policing, regulatory, outreach and communications strategies.

Our department is conferring with city leadership and the Commonwealth Attorney's office to determine what legal action may be taken in response to this event.

Spencer staged a similar pop-up torchlit rally in May, a brief stunt that sparked a series of increasingly large and sometimes violent white supremacist rallies. A report is expected at the council's October 16 meeting.

In related news, a local NBC affiliate called Spencer's march a gathering of "white activists" which spurred the ire of Twitter, especially in light of the government saying that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the lookout for "Black Identity Extremists".

In the wake of the rally, other cities have acted to remove monuments to the Confederacy.

According to Virginia Code 15.2-1812, a locality may erect monuments or memorials for any war or conflict, including the Civil War, and that those monuments can not be disturbed. A lawsuit opposing the statues' removal is now being heard.

Spencer has now held three torch rallies in his former college town.

UVa issued its own statement Sunday morning decrying Saturday's demonstration.

The group, some wearing white collared shirts, briefly surrounded a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee near the University of Virginia campus. "You're going to have to get used to white identity".

Police could be seen driving next to the group as they marched. The second event was in August at the University of Virginia.

Spokesmen and officials with the Charlottesville police department did not immediately respond to requests for comment Saturday night. The city's mayor called the protest "despicable". The students were taken into custody, transported to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail and released. "Our community does not deserve this", Bellamy said. "They could not be more wrong". Many respondents on social media said they should be referred to simply as white supremacists or neo-Nazis. The "alt right" movement is overwhelmingly young, male and new to the ideology, according to the report, and the August 12 rally was many participants' first.

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