Charlottesville clashes prompt protesters to speak out against white supremacists

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Protesters decrying hatred and racism have gathered around the United States, saying they felt constrained to counteract the white supremacist rally that spiralled into deadly violence in Virginia.

Charlottesville slipped into violence on Saturday after neo-Nazis, skinheads, Ku Klux Klan imembers and other white patriots assembled to “take America back” and contradict plans to evacuate a Confederate statue in the school town, and several other individuals came to challer from a walk to President Donald Trump’s home in New York to candlelight vigils in a few urban areas.

In Seattle, police captured three men and confiscated weapons as Trump supporters and counter-protesters converged downtown.

Some centered around indicating support for the general population whom white supremacists condemn, while different showings were pushing for the removal of Confederate landmarks — the issue that at first provoked white patriots to accumulate in outrage this end of the week in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Different social events intended to decry autocracy and a presidential organization that coordinators feel let racial oppressors feel engaged.

“People need to wake up, recognise that and resist it as fearlessly as it needs to be done,” said Carl Dix, a leader of the Refuse Fascism group organising demonstrations in New York, San Francisco and other cities.

“This can’t be allowed to fester and to grow because we’ve seen what happened in the past when that was allowed.

“It has to be confronted,” said Dix, who spoke by phone from Charlottesville Sunday afternoon.

In Seattle, a rally previously planned for Sunday by the conservative pro-Trump group known as Patriot Prayer drew hundreds of counter protesters.

A barricade separated the two groups as police officers stood by dressed in black riot gear.

At one intersection, police ordered crowds to disperse. Police said they used pepper spray and blast balls to disperse crowds after fireworks were thrown at officers.

In a statement, police said they observed some people in the counter protest carrying axe handles and two-by-fours, as they infiltrated the hundreds of peaceful demonstrators.

In New York, protesters marched from several locations in Manhattan to Trump Tower, demanding the President denounce white nationalist groups involved in the violent confrontations in Charlottesville.

Helen Rubenstein, 62, was among hundreds of people who marched through downtown Los Angeles.

She said her parents were Holocaust survivors, and she was worried extremist views were becoming normal under Mr Trump’s presidency.

“I blame Donald Trump 100 per cent because he emboldened all these people to incite hate, and they are now promoting violence and killing,” Ms Rubenstein said.

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