Car plows into crowd protesting Unite the Right rally to save Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville park – California News

Car plows into crowd protesting Unite the Right rally to save Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville park – California News

by SF Bay View staff

Aug. 12, 2017 – It happened today in downtown Charlottesville, Va., the city that invites tourists to visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s slave plantation. In Emancipation Park, formerly known as Robert E. Lee Park, on the second of a planned three-day rally dubbed “Unite the Right,” thousands of counter-protesters summoned by Black Lives Matter and an allied white group, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), surrounded about 500 neo-Nazis, including former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke.

As Black Lives Matter and SURJ counterdemonstrators marched away from Emancipation Park, formerly Robert E. Lee Park, having ousted the new-Nazis, a car accelerated and plowed into the crowd, killing one and injuring 19.

“Witnesses said a crowd of counterdemonstrators, jubilant because the white nationalists had left, was moving up Fourth Street, near the mall, when a gray sports car came down the road and accelerated, mowing down several people and hurling at least two in the air. ‘It was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,’” one witness said, the New York Times reported.

A 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 were injured in the attack, which the police are calling a criminal homicide. The governor declared a state of emergency.

The New York Times story described the preceding scene in the park this morning: “Waving Confederate flags, chanting Nazi-era slogans, wearing helmets and carrying shields, the white nationalists converged on the Lee statue and began chanting phrases like ‘You will not replace us’ and ‘Jews will not replace us.’

“Hundreds of counterprotesters – religious leaders, Black…

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