On Saturday, May 13, at 9pm, more than 100 people gathered in at Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest against the removal of the park namesake's statue, Confederate General Robert E. Lee, BBC reported.
Even city leaders are condemning the actions by those who gathered with torches.
In response, a counter-protest was held at Lee Park Sunday following the alt-right torch bearers' rally that had occurred the night before.
The protestors hung a sign from the Lee statue that read "Black lives matter" and denounced white supremacists.
The officer ordered everyone to clear the park, and called for additional units. Since a year ago, they've been battling the dismantling of Confederate monuments in New Orleans and have terrorized the politicians, contractors, and public workers involved with death threats, vehicle bombs, harassment, and intimidation.
The call to remove these monuments was a reaction to the 2015 terrorist attack at a black church in South Carolina's capital where a self-identified white supremacist shot and killed nine black churchgoers.
The fate of the Lee statue remains up in the air.
The other two candidates for governor, former congressman Tom Perriello and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, both Democrats, also expressed their condemnation of the two rallies.
On Saturday afternoon a group of protesters wearing white shirts and waving Confederate flags marched through the city, which is home to the University of Virginia.
This is exactly what happened at Lee Park in Charlottesville, VA.
Meanwhile, a group that is suing the city of Charlottesville to keep the controversial statue in place quickly denied its involvement with the protest in a Facebook post.
For now, the city council has a legal mountain to climb since a judge issued a court order halting the removal of the statue, for at least the next six months.
Meanwhile, protesters are converging on the city's parks.
Mr. Trump's appointment of Mr. Bannon as his senior counselor and chief West Wing strategist has, more than anything, brought white nationalism to the forefront of conversation. "We will not be replaced from this world". There is no such thing as a supremacy.
The protests drew condemnation across the political divide. The Charlottesville City Council had voted to remove the statues of Lee and another Confederate general, Stonewall Jackson, located in a different park. The Stewart campaign also sent out an email solicitation Sunday asking supporters to register to vote and donate.
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