On August 12, the nation watched in horror as the ugliest of American sentiments gathered together to chant Nazi slogans and protest the removal of Confederate statues in Charlottesville, Virginia. By the end of their protest, Heather Heyer lay dead, the victim of a neo-Nazi named James Alex Fields, who plowed through crowds of counter-protesters with his vehicle.
On Saturday, white nationalist organizer Richard Spencer joined an impromptu rally in the city still recovering from those horrifying events. NBC reporter Matt Talhelm tweeted that the group gathered around a statues of Robert E. Lee carrying tiki torches just as they did in August, but left Emancipation Park shortly after their terrorizing chanted threats of “you will not replace us” and “we’ll be back.”
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
‘Richard Spencer, a leader of the alt-right, also attended.
‘The marchers were heard chanting “you will not replace us,” and “we will be back.”
‘The torch-lit rally comes just a few days after a judge ruled the lawsuit involving the Lee Statue could move forward.’
For video of the rally, see below:
White nationalists now chanting – “We will be back”. About 3 dozen supporters in Emancipation Park. Plenty of police on standby in park. pic.twitter.com/LuJEsAgxQy
— Matt Talhelm (@MattTalhelm) October 7, 2017
— NBC29 (@NBC29) October 7, 2017
Featured image screengrab via Twitter by @MattTelhelm