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Hundreds Protesting Racism Mark Charlottesville Anniversary

Hundreds March With a Call to Stop Racism

Hundreds Protesting Racism Mark Charlottesville Anniversary
They march in Charlottesville to show their rejection of white supremacism.

More than 600 activists and students of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville  cried out “enough to racism ” in the weekend that recalls the first anniversary of the supremacist marches in that city, which resulted in the death of one woman and two policemen

“We say enough to racism. Support for white supremacist movements persists. We need to always organize ourselves to continue fighting this scourge, “one of the student organizers of the event, who asked to be quoted under the pseudonym Sebastian, told Efe today.

The protest was planned in a plaza on the university campus in Charlottesville in honor of former US President Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), which was taken a year ago by the torches and slogans of the supremacist groups.

However, the local and state police surrounded that place and installed a robust security system with metal detectors to control the entrance to the site, causing the demonstration to move to another place on campus.

In addition to the large ground device, up to three helicopters were flying over the university campus for several hours throughout the day today.

“We decided to change places because it was not safe for us or our community and it would have been a betrayal of our ideals. They wanted us locked in a cage, and that will not happen, “said Sebastian.

Thus, more than 600 people, according to organizers’ estimates, marched around the university campus shouting anti-racist slogans and carrying placards with messages against white supremacy.

“No Trump, no KKK, no fascists in the United States”, referring to US President Donald Trump and the racist group KKK, or “The lives of black people matter” (“Black lives matter”). Some of the songs that were repeated in the almost two hours of demonstration.

Many of the participants of this peaceful demonstration already met this morning at the same university to remember the fatalities of a year ago and highlight the importance of inclusion within their communities.

The president of the University of Virginia (UVA), James Ryan, considered in a speech that the institution he leads must work for the sake of “diversity, tolerance, equity and inclusion” so that events such as those that occurred 365 days do not happen again “never”.

Today’s events were just some of the ones planned by this university in the last twelve months, in which it has tried to wash its image since the events of August 2017.

Without going any further, the UVA decided in April to indefinitely prohibit the entrance to its complex to former student Jason Kessler, organizer of the tragic march “Let’s join the Right” after numerous students denounced threats by the white supremacist.

Those protests became a symbol of racial tension in the United States when Kessley and thousands of neo-Nazis marched through the city in protest of the withdrawal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate slave general during the civil war.

After exhibiting fascist symbols for hours, a neo-Nazi protester rammed his vehicle into a crowd participating in an anti-racist counter-march, which ended the life of a woman, Heather Heyer, and injured another 19 people.

Before the commotion caused by the first anniversary of these protests, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, condemned today “all type of racism”.

“The riots in Charlottesville a year ago caused death and division without meaning. We must unite as a nation. I condemn all kinds of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans! “, Said Trump on the social network Twitter.

Trump’s message contrasts with the controversial statements he made almost a year ago when he blamed the violence on both neo-Nazi groups and left-wing protesters and assured that there were “very good” people among the supremacists.

That statement was strongly criticized by members of the Democratic opposition and their own party, who considered that this was a lukewarm reaction and that it protected the racist demonstrators.

The city of just 50,000 people, located 200 kilometers southwest of Washington, is still trying to recover from the wounds caused by these violent demonstrations and insists on its frontal opposition to any kind of racism in the United States.

 

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