Tons of of demonstrators gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon to protest the white-nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Members within the rally gathered about 2 p.m. on the steps of Metropolis Corridor to sentence racism and violence and to honor these killed or injured the day earlier than in Charlottesville. It’s considered one of a number of rallies deliberate throughout California.

“We’re right here to say, ‘No, we’re not going to normalize these Nazis and the way they really feel emboldened,’” Michelle Xai, an organizer with Refuse Fascism Los Angeles, stated earlier than the rally. “That is historical past being written, and we’re not going to be these folks that simply stood again.”

Politicians throughout the nation, together with Democrats and Republicans, have been fast to denounce the racism and violence. However President Trump confronted criticism from each events for televised remarks by which he blamed the violence “on many sides” and didn’t immediately criticize white nationalists, whose leaders have brazenly supported his presidency.

On Saturday night time, greater than 100 demonstrators marched in entrance of Los Angeles Police Division headquarters, chanting, “No justice, no peace” and waving indicators that learn “Solidarity with Charlottesville,” “White Silence = Violence” and “Cease White Terrorists.”

The peaceable demonstration got here hours after three individuals have been killed and dozens injured round Charlottesville when a rally staged by white nationalists turned violent. The “Unite the Proper” rally had been deliberate as a part of a battle over the town’s ordered removing of a statue of Accomplice Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Earlier than the rally might even start, neo-Nazis, white nationalists and different far-proper figures started brawling with anti-racism protesters within the streets of the school city. One lady was killed when a driver plowed a sports activities automotive right into a crowd of counter-demonstrators.

Metropolis officers have recognized the lady as Heather Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville. The driving force was arrested and has been charged with homicide. Two state troopers additionally died when a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed close to the town after monitoring the chaos.