VIRGINIA — Jason Kessler, the organizer of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday tried holding a press conference on Sunday, but he was chased away by angry protestors who attacked him physically.
Jason Kessler arrived to the press conference dressed in a suit. He took to the podium to speak with reporters and protesters about the events that took place on Saturday where one person was killed, and dozens more injured.
Kessler never got a word out at the press conference. Before he could utter complete sentences, Kessler was silenced by a group of men who took over his podium (as seen in video below).
As Kessler tried to resist the mob, a man made his way through the crowd and hit the white supremacist, who decided to run away for his own safety.
Mobbed by camera crews and angry protesters, Kessler tried to find his way to an opening where he could escape. At one point a woman jumped on him from behind. She was able to tackle Kessler to the ground.
State troopers who were on the scene pulled Kessler up from the ground, and then handed him over to a Charlottesville police officer. As he was shuffled away, the mob of protesters shouted to Kessler. They used words like“murderer” and “shame.”
Police and the city government “failed to maintain law and order by protecting the First Amendment rights of the participants of the ‘Unite the Right’ rally,” Kessler alleged in a statement.
Unite the Right rally organizer Jason Kessler was chased away by protesters during a press conference in Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/5HOnoc0yal
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