KKK Was not Ready for this….

kkk-charlottesville VA

Members of the KKK rallied in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday afternoon in a protest meant to assail the city’s decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general.

Over the course of the day, Ms. Dickler said that at least 23 people had been arrested, and that at least three people had been taken to a hospital– two for “heat-related issues” and one for an “alcohol-related issue.”

By about 4:25 p.m., the Klan members, who said they came from North Carolina, began to return and leave to their cars. When the trouble intensified, it was then.

In an email, Ms. Dickler said she could not “speak to the affiliations” of those who were arrested.

As the police returned to Justice Park, though, the crowd followed, and “there were a number of incidents, including the use of pepper spray by the crowd,” Miriam Dickler, a city spokeswoman, said in a statement.

City officials said a large group of counterprotesters followed the Klan members back to their vehicles and stopped them from leaving. Asked to step aside, the counterprotesters refused, a city spokeswoman said. The police declared an unlawful assembly, and officers began moving the protesters back so the Klan members could leave.

At one point, the police again ordered the crowd to disperse, but the protesters remained entrenched. Ms. Dickler said the Virginia State Police then released three canisters of tear gas.

For about a half-hour, around 50 members of the Klan– some wearing hooded white robes– shouted “white power” at Justice Park as more than 1,000 people protested their presence by hurling insults, water bottles and apple cores.

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