White nationalists return to Charlottesville with lit torches (video)

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White nationalist leader Richard Spencer held a torch-lit rally around the Robert. E. Lee statue in downtown Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, months after a similar rally lead to a violent clash between his group and far-left groups.  The violence led to the death of a woman.

Holding lit tiki torches, approximately 50 white nationalists surrounded the statue, which is covered with a tarp, chanting “you will not replace us” and “we will be back”. The rally lasted approximately ten minutes, NBC 29 reported. Officials said there was no violence at the event.

There are pending legal challenges to a court order blocking removal of the monument. Thus, Spencer said that Charlottesville would be seeing more rallies in the future.

“We came, we triggered, we left,” Spencer said in a video he posted on Twitter. “We did an in and out flash mob. We came in peace tonight. It was a great success, and we’re going to do it again.”

Charlottesville mayor Mark Signer was clearly not happy to see the white nationalists return to his town for the fourth time this year. He suggested in a Twitter post that the city was looking into options for putting an end to future events.

Around an hour after the group left the park, Spencer tweeted to Signer,”It was great to be back in C’ville. We can catch up next time we’re in town.”

Spencer says Charlottesville has become symbolic for the oppression of speech and that the people of Charlottesville are going to have to get used to the group’s presence.

Meanwhile, police shutdown a nearby Black Lives Matter protest.

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