It was not long ago that a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned deadly and had the country talking. A 20-year-old white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, which resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured at least 19 other people.
Based on the backlash that this event caused in addition to the hurt and deaths caused by it, you’d think that neo-Nazis would take a step back and refrain from their racist rallies but that does not seem to be the case.
A white nationalist march is scheduled to take place in North Carolina on December 28. However, karma is doing her job, and the rally already seems to be falling apart. With organizers turning against each other, featured speakers backing out of the event, and sponsors now abandoning the event, it seems that the neo-Nazi rally may not even happen by the time December rolls around.
A spokesperson for Anti-Communist Action, the group hosting the event, expressed how disappointed he was that power struggles between various white nationalist groups are ruining the rally. However, the spokesperson, who would only give the name “Seth,” said the rally will continue as planned.
“Seth” stated that this rally is what “Unite the Night” should have been – without the violence and death. Funnily enough, the organizers of this group encouraged those planning to attend to come geared with weapons, so clearly, peaceful protest is not what this group was after. Furthermore, many of those who attended the rally in Charlottesville were invited to attend the “March Against Communism.”
Many within the white nationalist community are boycotting the event under the suspicions that this may be a setup meant to catch white supremacists and ruin their lives. A white supremacist by the name of Andrew Anglin stated on his website:
‘Urging people to attend a purposefully provocative event with unknown planners who have openly called on people to bring guns to the event is, in our view, utterly irresponsible.’
Who knew some things are too far for neo-Nazis and encouraging them to bring weapons to a rally is one of those hard lines that must not be crossed?
A lot of suspicion surrounding the event came from the wording of the original invitation from Anticom, which told attendees that they should come bearing “torches, guns, armor, gear, and flags” to the event, which was also described as “nonviolent.”
According to the organizer, “Seth,” the local police have been contacted in regards to permits that may be needed for the event; however, the Charlotte Police Department claims that they have not been contacted.
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