Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer denounced the torchlit demonstration led by white nationalist Richard Spencer in Charlottesville's Lee Park Saturday night, saying, "This event involving torches at night in Lee Park was either profoundly ignorant or was created to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that hearkens back to the days of the KKK".
Among those at the Saturday night protests was Richard Spencer, a white nationalist who popularized the phrase "alt-right" and is a leading figure in a fringe movement that has been described as a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism.
Protesters against the removal of the Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue could be heard chanting, "You will not replace us!" But after white nationalists showed up burning torches in his city, he wants to show that neither he nor his community will be silenced.
Charlottesville police did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Signer said officers would be investigating to see whether any laws were broken. "Way more evil than whites looking after their own interests".
Spencer, an outspoken supporter of Trump, hosted a post-election conference in the nation's capital last November that ended with audience members mimicking Nazi salutes after Spencer shouted, "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!"
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Spencer told The Associated Press on Monday that "The mayor is just clearly a total dork". Charlottesville police spokesman Lt. Steve Upman confirmed that right-wing blogger Jason Kessler, who was part of the torch-toting group led by Spencer the previous night, was among three people arrested at the rally. He reported one to Twitter that said his "days are numbered" but said he hasn't received any other explicit threats. The crowd was quickly dispersed without further incident, the cops said.
Monday night, Charlottesville City Council started off its meeting addressing the events of this weekend, including the rallies on Saturday and Sunday evenings. However, a judge issued a temporary injunction earlier this month that would prevent the city from doing so for at least six months. In response, a second rally was held Sunday by activists vying for the statue's removal.
In recent years, a string of US Southern states have moved Confederate-era monuments to museums, an effort that intensified after a white supremacist killed nine black people in a SC church in June 2015.
Since then, New Orleans has set the precedent in removing Confederate-era monuments for their history of anti-civil rights and pro-segregation. "I don't care who's in the White House, I don't care who's in Congress".
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