CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia– WVIR reports that tonight a group of white nationalists gathered in Emancipation Park carrying Tiki torches and gathered around a shrouded Robert E. Lee statue.
— Jalane Schmidt (@Jalane_Schmidt) October 8, 2017
Richard Spencer, a well known “alt-right” white nationalist was in attendance for the event. He reportedly led the group with a bull horn as they chanted “you will not replace us” and “we will be back.”
This chain of protests began in May after the Charlottesville City Council voted to remove the Lee monument.
The gathering on Saturday night was much smaller than the three previous rallies. Some bystanders screamed back at the group while others looked on silently.
Police stood by, and the gathering ended in less than half and hour with no violence.
Around an hour after the group left the park, Richard Spencer tweeted at Mayor Mike Signer saying “It was great to be back in C’ville. We can catch up next time we’re in town.”
Spencer says Charlottesville has become symbolic for the oppression of speech and that the people of Charlottesville are going to have to get used to the group’s presence, WVIR reported.
— Bria White (@Bwhite211) October 8, 2017