Richard Spencer and white nationalists march with torches AGAIN in Charlottesville
Alt-right leader Richard Spencer was back in Charlottesville this weekend to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. He led the torchlit march that set off a weekend of violence that led to the death of Heather Heyer back in August.
Spencer, a white nationalist, uploaded a video to social media showing him and a small group of followers carrying tiki torches to the statue. Last time they marched they kept their faces bare and it led to them facing significant backlash. This time they wore sunglasses in the dark.
The march took place at the same time as the University’s bicentennial celebration.
“It was a planned flash mob,” Spencer said Saturday night. “It was a great success. We’ve been planning this for a long time.”
“We wanted to prove that we came in peace in May, we came in peace in August, and we come again in peace,” he stated.
Spencer says his message is clear, “Our identity matters. We are not going to stand by and allow people to tear down these symbols of our history and our people – and we’re going to do this again.”
Mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer tweeted about the gathering.
“Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards. You’re not welcome here! Go home! Meantime we’re looking at all our legal options. Stay tuned.”
It has been reported that Spencer and his group of approximately thirty people left after only 15 minutes.