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Dandridge neo-confederate group to rally around Virginia monument

17 September 2017, 07:39 | Taylor George

Robert E. Lee Monument In Richmond Virginia

Robert E. Lee Monument In Richmond Virginia

Police said they plan to enforce a policy of no weapons or masks in the area directly surrounding the monument; however Virginia is an open carry state and those wanting to carry guns up to that point will be allowed to.

A rally in support of a controversial Confederate monument at the Madison County Courthouse square will not include a keynote speaker Saturday, but it will involve pro-statue advocates encouraged to "speak from the heart". Put together by an out-of-town group known as CSA II: The New Confederate States of America, the demonstration was small and brief as more than 100 peaceful counter-protesters in Richmond overshadowed pro-Confederate demonstrators.

As of 11:32 a.m., there were no arrests, although one person was removed from the scene, according to the Richmond Police Department. "About 20 minutes after [CSA II] was led away from the monument, a separate group of pro-Confederates took their place and the arguing back and forth continued between the pro-Confederates and counter-protesters", WSET's Elizabeth Tyree reported.

Richmond police are teaming up with police from within the region and State Troopers to prevent what happened in Charlotteville from reoccurring. One person was killed and 19 were injured after a man with ties to a white supremacist group rammed his auto into a crowd of counter protesters.

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Richmond is reevaluating the monument after the violent white nationalist rally in nearby Charlottesville last month that began as a rally to protest the removal of a Confederate statute. "It's really a symbol for confederacy and I understand why they would want to defend that, but the confederacy fought for you know racism", Protestor Maren Hereford said. "That makes no sense".

The police presence was heavy Saturday morning contrasting sharply with the law enforcement response in Charlottesville.

September 16, 2017The woman detained earlier near the Stuart statue has been charged with disorderly conduct.

Buses divided the two sides in hopes of keeping the peace.

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