New Confederates explain why they're here as Richmond braces for rally

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

In foresight of an extensive turnout of rally dissidents, Richmond Police started to closing off bits of Monument Avenue Friday morning.

"As assemblies have dispersed into small groups throughout the city, Richmond Police and its regional law enforcement partners continue to monitor these activities and respond appropriately", police officials said in a 5 p.m. news release.

Rally organizers say they're cooperating with police and that they want the protest to remain peaceful.

Workers inspect a statue of Robert E. Lee in a public park in Dallas prior to removing the statue
Workers inspect a statue of Robert E. Lee in a public park in Dallas prior to removing the statue

Do we need another Charlottesville for people to understand the savagery the symbolism of the Confederacy engenders?

"I had to be here to let them know that we're staying and their hate, bigotry and terrorism will not deter me, " said Nicole Nupolkiazolu, a member of Black Lives Matter New York.

"You're causing inconvenience in our city", Lawrence shouted at the gathering.

That event occurred about one week after violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., during a clash between groups opposing and supporting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. "Have you no sensibility?" Anyone who rallies within the grass space of the monument will be arrested by police.

The rally will be met with a counter-protest from the North Alabama Democratic Socialists of America and the Tennessee Valley Progressive Alliance.

Any individual who appeared to the rally wearing covers or conveying different weapons would be captured, police said.

"My suggestion, and don't take this the wrong way, don't show up", Durham answered. Protesters who tried to hide their identities with masks would be arrested, no questions asked.

We hope Chief Durham will do his job by locking them up and taking their guns. "That's the struggle here".

Durham helped Richmonders that parts to remember Monument Avenue and some encompassing lanes would have diverse activity and stopping designs. Several Virginia agencies, including the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management will be providing resources to the City of Richmond and coordinating with their counterparts in city government throughout the day as we all monitor this event.

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