Saturday evening, a group of about 20 to 30 white nationalists marched into Emancipation Park in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia and held a torch-lit rally there.
White nationalist leader, Richard Spencer, led the group in the rally, and posted a live-stream video on his Twitter page, with the caption, “Back in Charlottesville.”
The group of men marched down the sidewalk in the dark, carrying tiki torches, saying they were “peacefully” walking down the sidewalk, “just enjoying the night out.”
“We said we would be back, and we’re back,” one member of the group declared, while a police car rolled up to drive down the street behind them.
Once they arrived at their chosen spot, beside the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the park, the men began chanting loudly, “you will not replace us,” and “we will be back.”
“Hello Charlottesville, we’re back! We have a message, and we’re going to keep coming back. You will not replace us, you will not erase us,” one of the group said through a megaphone.
Another man grabbed the megaphone, and pitched in with his rant: “Charlottesville, your city has become symbolic. It’s become symbolic for the oppression of speech. That is our speech, the speech that your mayor and the governor of Virginia might disagree with. Your city is now symbolic for their suppression of our rights as U.S. citizens. Your city is symbolic for the tearing down of the symbols of the history of this nation. The history of our people, of white people of Virginia, of the south and the entire United States. Your city has become the symbol of the erasure of who we are!”
A protesting voice was heard screaming at the group in the background.
“We have come in peace, and we will continue to come in peace to speak in your city, because we care about our heritage, as white people in this country and white people around the world, and we’ll take a stand,” he ranted.
“You’re going to have to get used to it, you’re going to have to get use to the alt-right, you’re going to have to get used to white identity, you’re going to have to get used to young men who are willing to stand for our future, and we’re going to come back again, and again,” he raved.
Then they all burst out singing “Dixieland.”
“The left wing establishment is built around anti-white policies,” Spencer told the group. The group also chanted “The South will rise again” and “Russia is our friend.”
Then they started chanting, “Harry Potter isn’t real!” along with a few other taunts yelled out to the people of Charlottesville.
They finally concluded their rally and dispersed after about 20 minutes, still chanting, “We will be back!”
The rally comes nearly two months after a similar event was held, which resulted in the deadly riot in Charlottesville the following day, on August 12. One person was killed during the riot, and two law enforcement officers who were overseeing the event died in a helicopter crash.
The following video covers the entire 20-minute rally Saturday night.
Back in Charlottesville https://t.co/0iwH1CT8sT
— Richard ☝🏻Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) October 7, 2017
Richard Spencer lead about 30 white nationalist gathered at Emancipation Park. pic.twitter.com/yERgDJFDhN
— CBS19 News (@CBS19News) October 8, 2017
— Bria White (@Bwhite211) October 8, 2017
— Tyler Hawn (@thawncbs19) October 8, 2017
— Matt Talhelm (@MattTalhelm) October 7, 2017
UPDATE: After short torchlit protest in front of the tarp-covered Lee monument in #Charlottesville, white nationalists have left the park.
— Matt Talhelm (@MattTalhelm) October 8, 2017
Charlottesville 3.0 was as success. pic.twitter.com/c18ktP0MWD
— Richard ☝🏻Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) October 8, 2017
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