May 15, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in White Supremacist Movement

CHARLOTTESVILLE, [VA]--A group of protesters held a demonstration in Lee Park Saturday night against the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue. 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. In photos posted to Twitter, white nationalist “alt-right” leader and University alumnus Richard Spencer appeared to be in attendance at the torchlit event. Kessler was recently sentenced to 50 hours of community service after punching a community member who disagreed with Kessler’s petition to remove Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy from office in relation to a series of tweets Bellamy had posted prior to running for office. City Council passed a resolution in February approving the removal of the statue from Lee Park, although a lawsuit has since been filed challenging whether the city can legally remove the statue under state law. The city hopes to eventually sell the statue in a bidding process. The statue of the Confederate general is seen by several in the community as a monument to white supremacy, while others have criticized removing the monument as erasing history. View More>>

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