Skip to comments.Anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville angered by heightened police presence, riot gear
Posted on 08/11/2018 8:46:28 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
Anti-racist protesters staging non-violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday said they were aggravated and perplexed by the heightened police presence that involved dozens of law enforcement officers in riot gear.
The nearly 200 protesters were gathered to march against white supremacy almost one year after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville turned violent, resulting in the death of local resident, Heather Heyer.
On Saturday, hundreds of police officers surrounded Charlottesville's downtown area throughout the day in order to preclude any violent outbursts, according to multiple reports. Though there were no white nationalist events scheduled, many feared a repeat of last year, when authorities were blasted for being underprepared for the violence that broke out.
According to The Washington Post and Associated Press reports, the nighttime protesters mobilized against the police presence, which some described as aggressive and which some compared to last year's white supremacists.
"Last year they came with torches, said a large banner in downtown Charlottesville, according to the Washington Post. This year they come with badges.
Videos from the march show police in neon riot gear flanking peaceful protesters on all sides as they march through the streets.
"Cops and Klan go hand in hand," Kibiriti Majuto, a coordinator for the University of Virginia's UVA Students United, told the AP.
An independent investigation by a former federal prosecutor of last year's rally determined the violence got out of hand, in part, because law enforcement was overly passive and uncoordinated.
I see a disproportionality, Lisa Woolfork, a UVA professor, told the Post. Unless there is something theyre not telling us and have some intelligence that the white nationalists will still march in force, it seems like who theyre gearing up to monitor and observe and contain and discipline are those of us who want to resist fascism and racism.
Activists reportedly began chanting, "Why are you in riot gear? We don't see no riot here."
Earlier Saturday, UVA's student newspaper, The Cavalier Daily, reported that up to 300 National Guard troops and more than 700 Virginia State troopers were set to be housed in part in UVA's campus housing.
Hundreds of white nationalists are set to host "Unite the Right 2" in Washington, D.C., on Sunday evening, one year after the rally in Charlottesville. Opponents have organized counter-protests in the city throughout the day and are expected to come face-to-face with white supremacist groups outside the White House on Sunday evening.
D.C. police, as well as D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, have stated multiple times that law enforcement will be out in full force in order to keep the dueling protest groups separate and to prevent any potential violence.
The Nazis at the Beer Hall Putsch weren’t happy about the German police presence either.
When some hoodlum does an armed robbery at their location, who are they gonna call? They don't believe in armed citizens defending themselves--and they hate The Fuzz.
Watch tomorrow in DC as they attempt. to stop free speech. There is a civiil rights march tomorrow that the communist will rail against because they hate free speech.
“Anti-racist protesters staging non-violent demonstrations ...”
Lying from the very first sentence in the story.
I spent 26 years as a newspaper reporter/editor. I know propaganda when I see it.
Antifu has called ALL cops fascists since the days of ‘fascist’ President Bush.
They call themselves antiracist to soften news of their own militant excesses.
“...staging non-violent demonstrations...”
Apparently there were a few scuffles tonight, mentioned in passing by the 11 pm DC news, but no details. That leads me to believe the black bloc was involved, but I haven’t found anything about it online.
Right you are, and they’re as much the enemy as the vermin they’re running interference for.
This shit will continue in inverse proportion to the number of body bags filled.
They are unhappy because they can’t commit crimes.
Found the black bloc’s most recent lists of demands, posted at 11:45 tonight, here:
Some highlights of their screed:
Last Year They Came With Torches, This Year They Come with Badges
We will not be holding the rally within the confines of policing apparatus forced upon us by the University Administration. It is a betrayal of our ideals and our community.
And about the cops:
You may think that the cops are here to protect us, but we disagree. We know instead that:
Cops have a history of violence against anti-racist protestors, as we experienced last year at the KKK rally and saw in the past 10 days in Portland and Berkeley.
The institution of policing was created from the system of slave patrols. Today the function of the police continues to be to over patrol Black communities, target people of color and protect wealth.
Police are routinely exempt from punishment regardless of biased, excessive force and violence. Furthermore, the Courts, in the service of police control, intentionally punish anti-racist activists.
Increased police presence only results in increased police violence.
The City and the Universitys desire to control images and protect their brands has created a dangerous police state. Theyre not here to protect us, theyre here to control us.
We will not comply.
Sounds like Sunday will be black bloc vs police. Can’t wait for the highlights film.
How dare the police show up to prevent violent liberal bullies from attacking lawful protestors.
Liberals want systematic oppression now as they had under Obama and local liberal regimes. Like when they beat up Trump supporters in San Jose and police stayed out of the way, blaming conservatives for inciting it. Like when cops in Berkley let liberal bullies beat up conservatives with poles and set things on fire, refusing to take police reports so they could say they had no reported violence.
A liberal got mad at me for not getting appropriately hysterical when she called Trump Hitler.
“You’ve called every President since Bush the first that title, but liberals trotted a Bush out when he had weak criticism of Trump, so obviously he isn’t.”
“Well, Trump is like Hitler, he wants to put people in camps, he hates X -”
“Then you shouldn’t have cried wolf for my entire lifetime.”
WHO CARES? what about the FIVE Dallas cops who were butchered by a Black Lives Matter racist scumbag. NO media covered those anniversaries or attacked Obama for creating the New Black Racist Movement.
This whole hypocrisy is disgusting, as are conservatives who are too cowardly to even mention it.
Aunt Teefah is “anti-racist”? ROTFL. They’re communists for crying out loud.
Stopping your riot before it can start.
I am stunned to see public officials acting responsibly.
Michael Stipe says he didn’t come out as a gay man in the 80s because Reagan was going to put all of the homosexuals in camps.
and I’m pretty sure they compared Nixon to Hitler as well.
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