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White Nationalist Rally in Lee Park

Alex Perrault, Staff Writer

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In Lee Park in Downtown Charlottesville, a torchlit rally was held by white nationalists to protest the talk about removing the statue of Robert E. Lee, the torches reminding some of the “days of the KKK.” The rally is said to have been led by Richard Spencer, and participants of the rally, ABC news reported, chanted, “We will not be replaced,” and “Blood and soil,” a historic Nazi saying.

The Sunday night rally was civil until there was a scuffle between two men, Jordan McNeish and Jason Kessler, about taking down the statue. McNeish reportedly spit in Kessler’s face, resulting in the two getting physical. McNeish and Kessler are both being charged with disorderly conduct. A third arrest was made on Charles Best of Richmond when an officer endured a minor head injury after being struck with airborne object from the crowd. When police searched Best they found an automatic opening knife on his person. Best is scheduled for a hearing on June 22.

The city is planning on not only renaming Lee Park, but another park named after “Stonewall” Jackson.

Sources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/05/14/confederate-statue-torchlit-rally-charlottesville/101692414/

http://www.nbc29.com/story/35430730/three-arrested-facing-charges-at-take-back-lee-park-rally

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