Thousands protest across America after Charlottesvilleby Richard Bailey 13/08/2017 19:07:00 0 comments 1 Views
- Antifascist protesters gathered in cities in New York, California, Washington, Florida and elsewhere Sunday
- They were inspired by the shocking violence seen during protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday
- One person died and 19 were injured when a far-right protester drove his car into a group in Charlottesville
- Some on Sunday had gathered in support of those hurt; others protested alleged government complicity
- Many were upset about Donald Trump's lackluster response in which he blamed both sides of the protest
- Far-right groups also held their own rallies, protests and counter-protests, leading to intense friction
By James Wilkinson For Dailymail.com and Associated Press
Published: 18:37 EDT, 13 August 2017 | Updated: 19:07 EDT, 13 August 2017
Thousands gathered in cities across the US on Sunday in response to the shocking violence seen at Charlottesville's 'Unite the Right' rally on Saturday.
Anti-fascist groups, Black Lives Matter supporters and others gathered in cities in states from coast to coast, including a planned march on Trump Tower in New York, a candlelight vigil in Florida and a rally in a public square in Cleveland.
Some protested President Trump's lackluster response to the Charlottesville violence; some showed up in support of the activists who were injured and killed when a white supremacist; still others protested what they saw as police complicity in fascist violence.
Protesters in some southern states pushed for the removal of Confederate monuments - the issue that initially prompted white nationalists to gather in Charlottesville.
'People need to wake up, recognize that and resist it as fearlessly as it needs to be done,' said Carl Dix, a leader of the Refuse Fascism group organizing demonstrations in New York, San Francisco and other cities, said by phone from Charlottesville on Sunday afternoon.
Also out in force were far-right groups composed of white supremacists, white nationalists, alt-right members and others similar political groups - some counter-protesting the antifascist marches, others holding their own rallies.
NEW YORK: Thousands gathered across the US on Sunday - including in New York (pictured) as protests and counter-protests formed in the wake of the shocking violence inflicted at the Charlottesville, Virginia 'Unite the Right' protest on Saturday
NEW YORK: Police blocked off the sidewalk outside Trump Tower in New York ahead of the city's marches and rallies, forcing protesters to camp out on the other side of the street
NEW YORK: Secret Service agents and NYPD officers blocked off and patrolled Fifth Avenue, where Trump Tower is located, and forced the protesters to shout their anger from across the street (pictured: the sidewalk opposite Trump Tower)
CHICAGO: Protesters gather outside a Trump building in the city, calling for an end to white supremacy and racial divides in the United States
SEATTLE: Things were more heated in Seattle, where antifascist protesters faced off against police who blocked them from advancing on a far-right rally occurring in Westlake Park
SEATTLE: Police clashed with the antifascist protesters, and at least one person was arrested. Chants of 'The cops and the Klan work hand-in-hand,' and 'Who do you protect, who do you serve?' rang out
SEATTLE: There were also what appeared to be fireworks being let off near the antifascist crowds, which were also rubbing shoulders with far-right protesters who had left the park to demonstrate in the streets
SEATTLE: Tae Phoenix, a singer-songwriter and activist, hands out signs in Denny Park as people gather for the city's 'Solidarity Against Hate,' which was a counter-protest to the Westlake Park 'Freedom Rally' group
CHICAGO: Several protesters held up signs of Heather Heyer (left), the protester who was struck and killed by a car being driven by a far-right protester during the Charlotteville rally on Saturday
CHICAGO: The violence in Charlottesville brought out thousands of supportive people across America, who were horrified by what they saw as a rising tide of rightwing violence
OAKLAND: A protester dressed as Wonder Woman - whose comicbook adventures saw her fighting Hitler's Third Reich - protests neo-Nazis. including those seen at the Charlotteville protests on Saturday
In Seattle, a pro-Trump 'Freedom Rally' held by a far-right group in Westlake Park was marched on by antifascist protesters, who found themselves blocked off by police. Scuffles broke out and at least one antifascist protester was arrested.
Objecting to the police presence, many there chanted 'The cops and the Klan work hand-in-hand,' and 'Who do you protect, who do you serve?'
The chants were broken up by occasional blasts of noise and smoke from fireworks.
Charlottesville descended into violence Saturday after neo-Nazis, skinheads, Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists gathered to 'take America back'.
They also opposed plans to remove a Confederate statue in the Virginia college town, and hundreds of other people came to protest the rally.
NEW YORK: The fiercely liberal city of New York largely saw leftwing protesters, but there were right-wing counter-protesters too, including this pro-Trump supporter
NEW YORK: Many of those marching in New York (pictured) objected to the President condemning both sides of the Charlottesville protest - even after a far-right member drove into a group of leftwingers
NEW YORK: Trump did have some supporters outside his tower, such as this man in a Make America Great Again hat - who then appeared to get into a heated argument with an anti-Trump protester
NEW YORK: Protesters walk down Fifth Avenue with signs calling the president a 'racist coward' and demanding people 'resist against white supremacy'
NEW YORK: Others invoked wider objections to the Trump administration and inequality in the US, including Black Lives Matter signs (far left) and gay rights placards (center, rear)
NEW YORK: A drummer keeps time as protesters chant out marching songs in their continued protest through Manhattan. Here, they are passing by Columbus Circle, at the edge of Central Park - and close to a major Trump building
NEW YORK: Many in Trump's home city were there in solidarity with the fallen of Charlottesville, and to condemn the president
The groups clashed in street brawls, with hundreds of people throwing punches, hurling water bottles and beating each other with sticks and shields.
Eventually, a car rammed into a peaceful crowd of anti-white-nationalist protesters, killing a woman. A state police helicopter monitoring the events crashed into the woods, killing two troopers. In all, dozens of people were injured. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer, who attended the rally, denied all responsibility for the violence. He blamed the counter-protesters and police.
Trump condemned what he called an 'egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,' a statement that Democrats and some of the president's fellow Republicans saw as equivocating about who was to blame.
The White House later added that the condemnation 'includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups.'
NEW YORK: The New York protest - called a 'Peace and Sanity' rally - came a day after one died and 19 injured after James Alex Fields Jr drove his car into Black Lives Matter and antifascist protesters
NEW YORK: Trump's administration - characterized as a 'regime' - received a lot of heat in New York; many signs were bilingual with both English and Spanish spellings
NEW YORK: City Advocate Letitia James, left, wait her turn to speak as City Comptroller Scott Stringer address protesters in Brooklyn at the 'Peace and Sanity' rally
NEW YORK: City Advocate Letitia James, center, address protesters at a 'Peace and Sanity' rally in Brooklyn borough of New York. Some protesters also objected to the rising nuclear tensions between the US and North Korea
NEW YORK: City Councilman Brad Lander, center, address protesters at a 'Peace and Sanity' rally in Brooklyn