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‘You will not replace us’: Torch-bearing protestors rally in support of Robert E. Lee statue

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Reminiscent of the KKK, torch-wielding demonstrators turned out Saturday at a park in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, the storied leader of the Confederate army.

The city voted to sell the statue that stands in Lee Park and the decision has drawn “considerable consternation” from Southern heritage groups and others, according to The Daily Progress.  A judge earlier this month issued an injunction that temporarily prevents the city from following through on the plan.

Saturday’s spectacle, led by white nationalist Richard Spencer, did little to support a stand for southern heritage, other than feed into the left’s narrative of racism.

The mob chanted “You will not replace us,” “Russia is our friend” and “Blood and soil.”

Below are some images of what was described one Twitter as a candlelit night march…




An image from earlier in the day can be seen below:


At one point, the protesters chanted “White Lives Matter!” as they are confronted by angry counter-protesters.


Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer denounced the protest in no uncertain terms, saying that it was “either profoundly ignorant or was designed to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that hearkens back to the days of the KKK.”

The Monument Fund, a collection of plaintiffs suing the city over the removal of the statue issued a statement on Facebook disavowing any association with Saturday’s protest, according to The Daily Progress. The group said they “remain committed to preserving the Robert E. Lee Monument in its park through the legal process in the courts because of its historic and artistic value.”

“Neither Save the Robert E. Lee Statue nor The Monument Fund were in any way involved in these events and only learned of them though media reports,” the group said in the statement.

“We soundly and completely reject racism, white supremacy, and any other identity based groups that preach division and hate no matter which side of the issue they happen to support.”

Tom Tillison


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