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.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined officers from throughout the nation in talking out towards the violence.
In a press release, Garcetti stated: “Angelenos and other people in all places condemn these acts of hatred, and are deeply saddened by the lack of life and accidents suffered at present. We stand with [Charlottesville] Mayor Mike Signer and everybody in his metropolis with hope and prayers for peace to be restored.”
Feinstein echoed the mayor’s sentiments.
“Violent acts of hate and bigotry haven’t any place in America,” she stated. “Violence like this can remedy nothing and can solely beget extra violence and sow extra division.”
A whole lot of protesters additionally took to the streets within the Bay Space late Saturday, with some demonstrators in Oakland setting off fireworks and briefly halting visitors on I-580. In Santa Ana in Orange County, one hundred fifty individuals rallied towards racism in Sasscer Park, organizers stated.
In El Cajon in San Diego County, about 70 individuals additionally held a candlelight vigil Saturday night time to point out solidarity towards the violence.
One speaker referred to as pictures from Charlottesville “horrifying.” Video footage had proven the Dodge Challenger plowing right into a crowd of counter-protesters, then backing quickly away, hitting extra individuals.
Monty Kroopkin spoke on the El Cajon gathering concerning the extremists in Charlottesville, calling them fascists and neo-Nazis. “We’ve seen this earlier than, within the ’20s in Italy and within the ’30s in Germany.” He stated he hoped the nighttime vigil would present that “there’s extra of us than there are of them.”
The peaceable crowd gathered behind Los Panchos taco store on Broadway at Mollison Road, the location the place Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot by an El Cajon police officer on Sept. 27 final yr.
Pauline Repard of the San Diego Union-Tribune contributed to this report.
2:forty p.m.: This story was up to date to incorporate new details about the demonstration.
This story was initially posted at eleven:05 a.m.