Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Charlottesville City Council Meeting Goes Wild

Charlottesville City Council Meeting Goes Wild

A city council meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia briefly dissolved into an angry protest on Monday as activists and residents demanded answers from officials regarding the response from police during a deadly rally held by white supremacists.

"We tried really hard", Signer said, according to the New York Times, after the meeting resumed, saying that a federal judge forced the city to allow the rally downtown.

Rallies by right-wing demonstrators at the University of Virginia campus on August 12 turned into battles between protesters and counter-protesters. Two protesters carried a banner that read, "Blood on Your Hands".

The encounter soon turned bloody as a 20-year-old suspected Nazi sympathizer smashed his vehicle into the counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring some 20 others.

A mayor, vice mayor, as well as three council members, left the chamber, which was flooded by police officers who detained three people. But Thomas has also blamed rally attendees for not following plans that had been agreed upon before the rally, and he said that violent confrontations were the result of "mutually engaged attacks" fueled by "mutually combative individuals". "I watched my people get beat and murdered". Officials then presented motions related to the issues raised by the audience - notably a call for the removal of statues honoring Confederate leaders of the Civil War.

The council ultimately voted unanimously in favor of expediting the removal and relocation of both the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson monuments in the city, Charlottesville City Clerk Paige Rice said.

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