Protesters, Counter-Protesters Converge At Confederate Statue Rally In Richmond, Virginia
Sep 17 2017 by Desiree Burns
Richmond is reevaluating the monument after the violent white nationalist rally in nearby Charlottesville last month that began as a rally to protest the removal of a Confederate statute. Authorities closed down streets and blocked them off with dump trucks to prevent a repeat of Charlottesville, when a suspect rammed a auto into a crowd of counter-protesters and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. "What we would love for you to do is come up and speak to the heart of your feelings on what is going on here and why you are upset that it's coming to your hometown".
"We are not here to stir up any trouble", Tara Brandau, one of the Confederate organizers, told a Richmond media outlet.
"I don't care if it's KKK or Black Lives Matter, I don't care, we won't tolerate any talk that is dividing this country", said Lower. Jessica Lawrence, a Richmond activist, interrupted their press conference outside the Virginia State Capitol this morning to let the ralliers know they aren't welcome.
Richmond police are teaming up with police from within the region and State Troopers to prevent what happened in Charlotteville from reoccurring. "It's only been one month since Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville".
One woman was arrested and the pro-Confederate rally-goers left today due to a "mutually agreed-upon decision", Richmond Police said in a tweet. "Have you no sensibility?" "Try not to appear".
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Beyond holding an unlawful public rally, they potentially would be violating several state laws against carrying loaded firearms in public areas and brandishing weapons in a manner reasonably meant to intimidate others. Nonconformists who attempted to disguise their characters with covers would be captured, no inquiries inquired.
Chief Durham says it's not about taking sides but keeping those who rally and residents safe. "That is the battle here".
Durham reminded Richmonders that parts of Monument Avenue and some surrounding streets would have different traffic and parking patterns.
Police agencies across the state are working together to make sure things don't get out of hand.