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Posted: October 07, 2017

White Nationalists hold flash mob rally in Charlottesville

File photo.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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File photo. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —

Richard Spencer led a group of White Nationalists in a “flash mob” style march to Emancipation Park Saturday.

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The group carried tiki torches and walked through the streets to the park which has a statue of Robert E. Lee covered in a tarp.

The crowd was heard chanting “You will not replace us,” and “We will be back,” according to WCAV.

The rally, which lasted about 20 minutes, comes about two months after the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville Aug. 12.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam all voiced their opposition to the group. 

“Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards,” Signer said. “You’re not welcome here. Go home.”

The group was led by Spencer, who runs the National Policy Institute and is known for his rhetoric which mixes racism, white nationalism and populism. 

“We came, we triggered, we left,” Spencer said in a tweet. “We did an in and out flash mob. We came in peace tonight. It was a great success and we’re going to do it again.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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