Anti-racism activists to march from
Charlottesville to Washington
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[August 29, 2017]
By Ian Simpson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Anti-racism
activists will begin a 10-day march on Monday from Charlottesville to
Washington to protest against a far-right rally in the Virginia city and
what they called President Donald Trump's reluctance to condemn its
white nationalist organizers.
The "March to Confront White Supremacy" is the latest demonstration
following the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, when one woman was
killed after a man drove a car into a crowd of anti-racism
Trump received fierce criticism from across the political spectrum after
he first blamed "many sides" for the violence. Under pressure, he later
condemned neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan by name, but that did little to
appease his opponents.
March organizers said that about 200 people will begin walking on Monday
evening from Charlottesville, a liberal-leaning college town that is
home to the University of Virginia. That number is expected to rise as
the march nears its end in Washington on Sept. 6.
"What we're trying to do is unite the country," one of the organizers,
Cassius Rudolph of People's Consortium for Human and Civil Rights, said.
"We're standing up to confront white supremacy."
Other organizers include the Women's March, which oversaw a massive
anti-Trump demonstration in Washington in January, and the Movement for
Black Lives, Rudolph said.
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Participants of "Charlottesville to D.C: The March to Confront White
Supremacy" begin a ten-day trek to the nation's capital from
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Julia
The march will begin at Emancipation Park, which was the focus of
the Aug. 12 rally called by white nationalists to protest against
the city's plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E.
There were hours of clashes in the streets and a 32-year-old local
woman, Heather Heyer, was killed when a car crashed into a group of
counterprotesters. The alleged driver, 20-year-old Ohio man James
Fields Jr., faces multiple charges including murder.
Charlottesville police charged two men over the weekend in
connection with an Aug. 12 assault. Daniel Borden, 18, is in custody
in Cincinnati, police said in a statement, while Alex Ramos, 33, is
A third man, Richard Preston, 52, was charged with firing a weapon
during the rally and is being held in Towson, Maryland, the police
(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Alistair Bell)
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