White Nationalists hold flash mob rally in Charlottesville


On Aug. 11, the day before a violent rally ended in the deaths of three people and numerous injuries, a torchlit march across University of Virginia Grounds concluded at the Rotunda.

The August rally to protest the removal of the statue turned deadly when a vehicle was driven deliberately into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters, killing Heyer, a 32-year-old civil rights activist who worked as a legal assistant at a Virginia firm.

Most in attendance held torches.

Spencer was also one of the attendees pictured along with a small group wearing suit coats, white collared shirts and khakis. "We're back and we're going to keep coming back".

About 40 to 50 white nationalists, including noted organizer Richard Spencer, gathered in Charlottesville, Va., for a brief rally.

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Mr. Signer responded by saying that Mr. Spencer and those who marched with him were "neo-Nazi cowards" and not welcome in the city. You're not welcome here! Signer tweeted, adding "we're looking at all our legal options". The white nationalists showed up at the covered monument of Robert E. Lee (soon to be removed), chanted their chants, reasserted their claim that "the South will rise again", and left.

"We continue to oppose these racists and their message of hate", said McAuliffe.

They say that lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice, but Charlottesville, Virginia proved that idiom wrong on Saturday night. They unfurled a banner that read, "200 years of white supremacy". A common theme of white nationalism in the United States is the idea that white people are being killed off in a genocide. "They refuse to understand that white Americans are their base, and they disavow anyone who speaks in favor of white Americans and their interests". Mr. Spencer then boarded a bus, which was followed by police officers "to ensure that the group was leaving the city", according to the statement.

President Donald Trump was pilloried for his initial response to the August events, which included him condemning bigotry and violence "on many sides".