Richmond residents and police get ready for monument protests

Robert E. Lee Monument In Richmond Virginia

Robert E. Lee Monument In Richmond Virginia

Confederate States heritage rally participants are gathering at the Robert.

Counter-protestors seem to have formed strategy of overshadowing right-wing rallies in recent months. She told the out-of-state neo-confederates to leave Richmond.

Authorities closed down streets and blocked them off with dump trucks to prevent a repeat of Charlottesville, when a suspect rammed a auto into a crowd of counter-protesters and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. "That's not why we are here", Brandau said.

Do we need another Charlottesville for people to understand the savagery the symbolism of the Confederacy engenders?

"You're causing inconvenience in our city", Lawrence shouted at the gathering.

That event occurred about one week after violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., during a clash between groups opposing and supporting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. "Have you no sensibility?"

Police said they plan to enforce a policy of no weapons or masks in the area directly surrounding the monument; however Virginia is an open carry state and those wanting to carry guns up to that point will be allowed to.

We believe Ms. Brandau and any other person coming to Richmond for this unlawful rally should be locked up the minute they step out in a protest on Monument Avenue.

"How would you prescribe that counter dissidents shield themselves from being shot on Saturday?" one lady asked Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham amid a Thursday night group meeting. "Try not to appear".

It was unclear exactly who the second group of pro-Confederate protesters were or if they were affiliated with CSA II.

While there would be no police congratulate downs at the rally, police said blocks, shafts, and different sorts of weapons won't be permitted. "That is the battle here".

Durham reminded Richmonders that parts of Monument Avenue and some surrounding streets would have different traffic and parking patterns.

Police agencies across the state are working together to make sure things don't get out of hand.

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