Demonstration planned in downtown L.A. to protest Charlottesville violence – California News

Demonstration planned in downtown L.A. to protest Charlottesville violence – California News

Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to descend on downtown Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon to protest the white-nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va.

The solidarity rally is set for 2 p.m. outside City Hall to condemn racism and violence and mourn those killed or injured the day before in Charlottesville, organizers said. It is one of several protests planned across California.

“We’re here to say, ‘No, we’re not going to normalize these Nazis and how they feel emboldened,’” said Michelle Xai, an organizer with Refuse Fascism Los Angeles. “This is history being written, and we’re not going to be those people that just stood back.”

Politicians across the country, including Democrats and Republicans, were quick to denounce the racism and violence. But President Trump faced criticism from both parties for televised remarks in which he blamed the violence “on many sides” and did not directly criticize white nationalists, whose leaders have openly supported his presidency.

On Saturday night, more than a hundred demonstrators marched in front of Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, chanting, “No justice, no peace,” and waving signs that read “Solidarity with Charlottesville,” “White Silence = Violence” and “Stop White Terrorists.”

The peaceful demonstration came hours after three people were killed and dozens injured around Charlottesville when a rally staged by white nationalists turned violent. The “Unite the Right” rally had been planned as part of a battle over the city’s ordered removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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