‘Take down the monuments’: Protesters march in Richmond after Charlottesville violence


Posted on: August 14th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Twitter/@RichmondPolice(RICHMOND, Va.) — Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday night chanting anti-Confederate slogans one day after a woman was killed during a protest in nearby Charlottesville.

ABC affiliate WRIC reported the protest took place on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus, where marchers stopped at a statue of Robert E. Lee and chanted “take down the monuments.” One protester was arrested, according to Richmond police.

During the protest, a person also climbed a statue of J.E.B. Stuart and waved an anti-fascist flag, ABC8 reported.

The demonstrations came one day after a driver plowed into a group of anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia — about an hour west of Richmond. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 19 others were injured in the ramming attack.

Demonstrators continuing westbound toward Harrison. WB lanes blocked. #RVA pic.twitter.com/v098f4LUWd

— Richmond Police (@RichmondPolice) August 14, 2017

Police arrested James Alex Fields, 20, and charged him with second-degree murder in the incident.

The anti-fascist protesters had gathered on Saturday to counteract a white nationalist rally called “Unite the Right,” attended by former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke and self-proclaimed “alt-right” leader Richard Spencer.

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