White supremacists exhibiting torches return once again to Confederate statue in Charlottesville.
Dozens of torch-wielding hate mongers led by Richard Spencer flocked to a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Va., for the first time since a neo-Nazi’s deadly attack on protesters in August.
The group, some wearing white-collared shirts, briefly surrounded a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee on Saturday night. The Civil War memorial has been cloaked by a black tarp since mid-September and is slated for removal from Emancipation Park, near the University of Virginia campus.
“We are here to represent white America’s interests,” one member of the group shouted, through a loudspeaker.
The hateful group’s mouthpiece, who was not immediately identified, jeered what he described as anti-white policies, rhetoric and right-wing pols for not standing by their cause.
“The right wing establishment refuses to stick up for their own people, their own voters,” he shouted, according to a video of the protest.
The speaker denounced Charlottesville’s plans to remove the Confederate statue, a decision prompted by the group’s torchlit march through the UVA campus in August. The next day, a neo-Nazi plowed a sports car through throngs of peaceful protesters, killing paralegal Heather Heyer.
The protest in the former Lee Park lasted less than a half hour and ended shortly after the group their statement, according to WVIR-TV.
“We came, we triggered, we left. We did an in-and-out flash mob,” Spencer said in a video to his Twitter after the rally. “We’re going to do it again.”
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said he would take legal action against the group to prevent another hate-spouting rally at the park.
“Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards,” the mayor tweeted. “You’re not welcome here! Go home! Meantime we’re looking at all our legal options. Stay tuned.”