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    Katie Couric‏Verified account @katiecouric 1h1 hour ago
    This was the scene as the alt-right marched on the Rotunda at UVA this evening. A chilling scene
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth (paraphrased)

  2. #13997

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    Soundtrack: Pink Floyd's Waiting for the Worms
    (Which is a comment I must have posted in this forum at least three times already)
    Starry starry night

  3. #13998

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    White Nationalists March on University of Virginia

    White nationalists rallied at a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on Friday. Student protesters resisting the rally stood with a banner at the foot of the statue. Credit Alejandro Alvarez/News2Share, via Reuters

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A month after a Ku Klux Klan rally here ended with the police using tear gas on protesters, Charlottesville is bracing for a weekend of white nationalist demonstrations and counterprotests, and suddenly this tranquil college town feels like a city under siege.

    Thousands of people — many from out of town — are expected to descend on the city to either protest or participate in a “Unite the Right” rally on Saturday convened by white nationalists who oppose a plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, from a city park.

    “People are angry, they’re scared, they’re hurt, they’re confused,” said the Rev. Seth Wispelwey of the local United Church of Christ. “White supremacists rallying in our town is an act of violence.”

    Late Friday night, several hundred torch-bearing men and women marched on the main quadrangle of the University of Virginia’s grounds, shouting, “You will not replace us,” and “Jew will not replace us.” They walked around the Rotunda, the university’s signature building, and to a statue of Thomas Jefferson, where a group of counterprotesters were gathered, and a brawl ensued. At least one person was led away in handcuffs by the police.

    Religious leaders who are planning counterdemonstrations — including a sunrise prayer service featuring Cornel West, the Harvard professor and political activist — have been training in nonviolent protest.

    The University of Virginia Medical Center has canceled all elective surgery — standard procedure in preparation for events that could lead to mass casualties. Around town, some businesses plan to close.

    “This whole thing feels like the prep to a Wild West shootout where the businesses shutter and the women shoo their children upstairs,” said Phillip Fassieux, 36, as he munched on an egg bagel at Bodo’s, a few blocks from the Lee statue. “This isn’t the wild, wild West. This is modern-day Charlottesville, where we’re supposed to be better suited to engage with each other.”

    With the university, founded by Jefferson in 1819, as its centerpiece, Charlottesville is a politically progressive city; nearly 80 percent of voters here cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential race.

    But it is also a city steeped in Southern history, one that still wrestles with the legacy of slavery. According to Jalane Schmidt, a professor of religious studies at the university, 52 percent of the residents of Charlottesville and surrounding Albemarle County — 14,000 people in all — were enslaved during the Civil War. Jefferson, still revered here, was himself a slave owner.

    Today, African-Americans make up 19 percent of the city’s population, and gentrification is pushing many of them out, Ms. Schmidt said. The fight over the Lee statue — in a downtown park that was called Lee Park until it was recently renamed Emancipation Park — has opened up old wounds and brought simmering tensions over race to the fore.

    Eugene Williams, 89, a former head of the local N.A.A.C.P., served sweet tea on the front porch of his house on Ridge Street one day this week and recalled the days when he was not allowed to dine at local restaurants. He favors keeping the Lee statue because he wants people to remember the Jim Crow era.

    “This statue has a lesson to teach us,” he said.


    The conflict drew the attention of two white nationalists — Richard B. Spencer and Jason Kessler, both University of Virginia graduates. In May, Mr. Spencer, who gained national notoriety after the election of President Trump, led a gathering of torch-wielding protesters to the statue, which depicts Lee on horseback. At a Ku Klux Klan rally on July 8, the state police used pepper spray to disperse protesters, officials said.


    But if the city seems seized with anxiety, there is also a sense of determination.

    “Charlottesville is mobilizing,” said Mimi Arbeit, a community activist who is helping to organize counterdemonstrations. “We cannot allow the rise of white supremacy. Ignoring the Klan in the 1920s is precisely what allowed them to terrorize and murder black people in Charlottesville. We cannot allow that history to be repeated.”

    Hawes Spencer reported from Charlottesville, and Sheryl Gay Stolberg from Washington.
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth (paraphrased)

  4. #13999

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    Monika Bauerlein‏Verified account @MonikaBauerlein 10h10 hours ago
    It should not go unnoted here that "blood and soil" is a Nazi rallying cry. As in, actual Hitler Nazis.
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth (paraphrased)

  5. #14000

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    Jake Sherman‏Verified account @JakeSherman 1m1 minute ago
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Vehicle plows into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia; injuries unknown.
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth (paraphrased)

  6. #14001

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    Warning - Graphic.

    Adrian Chen‏Verified account @AdrianChen 31m31 minutes ago
    horrifying video of a car that plowed through counter-protesters in charlottesville. Starts at 7:30 … @Rebelutionary_Z
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth (paraphrased)

  7. #14002

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    William Turton‏Verified account @WilliamTurton 38m38 minutes ago
    Two of my friends marching with DSA were just hit by that car in Charlottesville:
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    Thank you for forcing us to see it, Amie.
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  9. #14004

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    An update on Charlottesville.

    A car slammed into a group of counterprotesters after a rally by white nationalists on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. killing at least one and injuring at least 19. Credit Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress, via Associated Press

    The perpetrator:

    miles reed‏ @milesjreed 48s

    People have been identifying some of the torch carriers from the night before. Here's an example:

    Casey Michel‏Verified account @cjcmichel 3h3 hours ago
    Replying to @cjcmichel
    University of Nevada College Republicans (@unrcr) has removed photos that had tagged Peter Cvjetanovic. Photos were up a few hours ago.

    Casey Michel‏Verified account @cjcmichel 2h2 hours ago
    Replying to @cjcmichel @unrcr
    Photo appears to show Cvjetanovic (far right), white nationalist in #Charlottesville, with @SenDeanHeller:

    Casey Michel‏Verified account @cjcmichel 2h2 hours ago
    Replying to @cjcmichel @unrcr
    Cvjetanovic has changed his Facebook profile name after folks found him online;


    via @milesjreed
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  10. #14005

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    And imagine if a group of African Americans had shown up like this to protest a police shooting:

    Craig Stanley‏Verified account @_CraigStanley 17h17 hours ago
    Unidentified militia has arrived at #EmancipationPark ahead of the #Charlottesville rally with guns in tow.
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth (paraphrased)

  11. #14006

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    "I'm not a Nazi! How dare you call me a Nazi?!"

    (Photo at Charloteville)
    Starry starry night

  12. #14007

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    John Aravosis‏Verified account

    White House Homeland Security Adviser says “there were good people” who showed up to protest the Confed statue removal.

    His name is Tom Bossert and he just compared the anti-nazi protesters to the nazis themselves. Unbeliebable.
    This was said on Jake Tapper's show this morning.
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth (paraphrased)

  13. #14008

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    Garance Franke-Ruta‏Verified account

    Daily Stormer: "We are now at war" & "Trump comments were condemnation at all"

    The Twitter account contains the link to the Nazi paper or whatever
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth (paraphrased)

  14. #14009

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    Here's What We Know About The Man Accused Of Killing A Woman At A White Supremacist Rally
    James Alex Fields Jr., 20, was arrested on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    Originally posted on August 12, 2017, at 11:34 p.m.
    Updated on August 13, 2017, at 12:38 a.m.

    Claudia Koerner
    BuzzFeed News Reporter

    Fields was arrested shortly after fleeing the scene of the crash, police said. He was charged Saturday night with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and hit and run.

    Fields is from Maumee, Ohio and had traveled to Charlottesville for the Unite the Right rally, his mother told the Toldeo Blade.

    Samantha Bloom said her son had told her last week he was heading to an "alt right" rally in Virginia, the Blade reported.

    "I try to stay out of his political views. I don't get too involved,” she told the newspaper.

    "I told him to be careful," she said, "if they are going to rally, to make sure he is doing it peacefully." She then broke down in tears.

    She later told the Associated Press that she believed the rally was to support President Trump, not white supremacy.
    "I thought it had something to do with Trump. Trump’s not a white supremacist,” Bloom told the AP.
    “He had an African-American friend so ...,” she said, trailing off.

    Fields is registered as a Republican and voted in the November election, as well as in Ohio's primary election this March, according to public records.

    The FBI is now investigating the crash to determine if any civil rights violations took place.

    An image circulated by the Anti-Defamation League appeared to show Fields standing with members of Vanguard America, a white nationalist group that helped organize the protest.

    The group said in a statement that Fields was not a member, and that it had handed out shields to various people in attendance Saturday.

    On a Facebook page that appears to belong to Fields, photos included memes embraced by the alt right and some supporters of President Donald Trump, including Pepe the Frog and a portrait of a crowned Trump sitting on a throne.

    Other posts contain more overt references to Nazism and white supremacy, including a cover photo of soldiers with an American flag and swastikas, and a baby portrait of Adolf Hitler.

    The angular symbol in one image was identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the Othala rune, a Norse symbol that was co-opted by the Nazis to promote their ideas of racial "purity."

    Another image shows a character from the animated series Archer, who is raised by a Nazi scientist and suggested to be a clone of Hitler.

    Other posts from 2015 suggest Fields was planning to join the military. An Army spokesperson could not immediately verify if Fields had served and for how long.
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth (paraphrased)

  15. #14010

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    Bill Kristol‏Verified account @BillKristol 1h1 hour ago
    Bill Kristol Retweeted ABC News
    WH staff told Trump they had to put out a statement, but couldn't prevail on him to say it himself, in the first person. A revealing moment.
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth (paraphrased)

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