Scores of counter-protesters outnumbered robed members of the Ku Klux Klan rallying for a span of quarrelsome Confederate statues of generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jackson in Virginia.
About 50 members of the North Carolina section — some wearing purple, black and white hoods — flocked to Charlottesville’s recently renamed Justice Park and were greeted by some-more than 1,000 rough protesters Saturday, according to the Daily Progress newspaper.
The Loyal White Knights organisation was encountering the city’s decision to rename two parks named for the Civil War generals, Lee and Jackson Park. The statue of Lee on horseback — located in what is now famous as Emancipation Park — is slated for removal.
Hours before the rally, vandals splashed the bottom of the Lee statue with red and black paint. By morning, the city had spotless up the statue.
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The klansmen marched into Justice Park just before 4 p.m. to a sea of jeers. Photos show gun-toting men in all-black clothe fluttering Confederate flags alongside klansmen in normal white robed regalia.
They were ushered out of the park about a half hour after while flanked by police. Some protesters followed the organisation to their cars in a circuitously parking garage.
About 23 people were arrested during the protests, pronounced Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer.
Near the protest’s end, Signer pronounced police unleashed rip gas during a strife after counter-demonstrators used peppers spray.
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The mayor commended those who attended choice events celebrating “hope and diversity” instead of opposed the klansmen with “the luminary they desire,” he pronounced in a matter to Facebook.
“All in all, we trust that we came out of this formidable day stronger than before — some-more committed to diversity, to secular and social justice, to revelation the law about the history, and to unity. On a very prohibited day, we done lemonade out of a lemon — from North Carolina, no less,” Signer wrote.
Emancipation Park is where torch-wielding protesters rallied before the Lee statue in May, chanting “Russia is the friend.”
Right-wing radical Richard Spencer was among their ranks and was formerly sighted at a daytime rally. Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia, Spencer’s alma-mater.
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