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Torch-Carrying White Nationalists Protest Removal Of Confederate Statue

Torch-Carrying White Nationalists Protest Removal Of Confederate Statue

After about 10 minutes Spencer's group clashed with counter-protesters and police dispersed the crowd.

There's no sign that Stewart attended Saturday's rally, but he has aligned himself previously with some of the Charlottesville-based attendees.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a statement that Saturday's protest was either "profoundly ignorant" or meant to instill fear in minorities "in a way that hearkens back to the days of the KKK". "We're a city that proudly values our diversity".

John Edwin Mason, a history teacher at the University of Virginia who lives within walking distance of the park, told ABC News that he views the protest as an attempt by newer "American fascists" like Spencer to sync up with more traditional racist groups like the KKK on the issue of preserving confederate history.

Two rallies took place over the weekend in Charlottesville's Lee Park.

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"They have a right to express their views as long as it's in a peaceful and civil manner - that's the world we live in". "We are simply just white people that love our heritage, our culture, our European identity". The protesters carried torches and have drawn criticism from Charlottesville and University leaders, some of whom have compared it to a Ku Klux Klan rally. Since past year, they've been battling the dismantling of Confederate monuments in New Orleans and have terrorized the politicians, contractors, and public workers involved with death threats, auto bombs, harassment, and intimidation.

The Daily Progress, a local paper, said a couple dozen protestors had gathered in the city's Lee Park on Saturday night, where they chanted "Russia is our friend" and "You will not replace us" as they hoisted flames in the air. Wes Bellamy speaks in support of removal of confederate monuments during a counter-protest against those on Saturday evening gathered to call on officials to halt the removal of a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue in. "You will not destroy us", Spencer said at the earlier rally, which he broadcast via Periscope video. "The ugly display of divisive rhetoric and intimidation tactics in Charlottesville yesterday. does not reflect the thoughtfulness and tolerance I see in my fellow Virginians everywhere I go", one tweeted.

Political scientists note that there is a distinction between white nationalism and white supremacy.

"Charlottesville is not yet the great beacon of equity and welcome that we aspire to be", said Szakos.

At least 60 publicly funded symbols of the Confederacy have been removed or renamed since the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners in a Charleston, South Carolina, church by a self-described white supremacist, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Tom Perriello, a Virginia gubernatorial candidate, lashed out at Spencer on Twitter.


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