Filed under: Announcement, Anti-fascist, Police, Southeast
Local organizers in Charlottesville have now received word from an anonymous source that Unite The Right can’t wait for Saturday – they are planning a repeat surprise torchlit rally on University of Virginia (UVA) campus tonight. Sounds like Richard Spencer wants back on his old stomping grounds, right where he and his white supremacist followers can feel at home.
Cantwell getting questioned by cops after allegedly brandishing a gun. pic.twitter.com/keD0gVzxXB
— Emily of the State (@EmilyGorcenski) August 11, 2017
Earlier today, a right-wing gathering at the local Walmart ended with Christopher Cantwell, a white nationalist speaker at Unite the Right who was once quoted as saying, “[L]et’s fucking gas the kikes and have a race war,” pulled a gun on a customer who confronted them in the parking lot. Police surrounded his followers within minutes but then allowed them to reconvene in McIntire Park.
This response from police is especially alarming. Fash are already prowling Charlottesville, with reports of churches being harassed. As IGD reported today, the right’s leaders are documented calling for armed violence against anyone who crosses them.
It’s beyond obvious that this is not about free speech but terrorism. Charlottesville’s Black and brown folks must be protected at all costs, but the police don’t seem to care.
Will UVA and its community take action to stand against white supremacist terrorism on campus? Will Charlottesville allow a torchlit rally to go down in city limits again?