White nationalists hold another torchlight rally in Charlottesville


Nearly two months after a woman died during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalists brandishing tiki-torches returned to "flash mob" the city's Emancipation Park on Saturday night.

Spencer and his crew promised to continue to keep coming to Charlottesville, where Spencer attended UVA, though Emancipation Park, where the statue of Lee stands, is not on the school's campus.

Police in Charlottesville are working to see what legal action can be taken after a group of White Nationalists held a torch-lit rally Saturday night.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer sent a tweet saying that the group was not welcome. "We are a people who, for too long, cowered and scared at the idea of being called racist, but this no longer affects us".

On Saturday, Charlottesville police said in a statement that officers had followed a bus carrying Spencer and his followers, "to ensure that the group was leaving the city".

"Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards", he wrote. You're not welcome here!

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The statue of Lee was covered with black tarps since an August 11 rally of hundreds of white nationalists and the August 12 killing of protester Heather Heyer. "We got in and out, there were no injuries, no major confrontations", Spencer said in a Twitter video.

Just before 8 p.m. Saturday, about three dozen ralliers chanted "we will be back", according to Daily Progress media partner NBC29. "We came in peace tonight. Go home!" The city is also looking into all of their legal options.

The August rally drew five times as many people as any similar event in the last decade, the ADL said.

It's been almost two months since the violent events that broke out in Charlottesville after a "Unite the Right" rally.

"It's clear that these white supremacists are using torches, fire, and hate speech to intimidate our citizens", he said.

A separate group consisting of local residents gathered at Emancipation Park as well and marched to University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan's house, where they were stopped by police, The Daily Beast reported.