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Candlelight vigil and march held in Charlottesville

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 01:10

A candlelight vigil and march is held in Charlottesville after the weekend race rally that resulted in violence and death. No reporter narration.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hundreds of people gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia on Wednesday (August 16), for a peaceful vigil and march. Amateur videos and pictures online showed people holding candles, sang songs, chanted for peace, and took a moment to remember Heather Heyer who lost her life when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into anti-racist demonstrators Saturday (August 12). The violence erupted on Saturday after white nationalists converged in Charlottesville for a "Unite the Right" rally to protest against plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, commander of the pro-slavery Confederate army during the U.S. Civil War. Many of the rally participants were seen carrying firearms, sticks and shields. Some also wore helmets. Counter-protesters likewise came equipped with sticks, helmets and shields. The two sides clashed in scattered street brawls before the car ploughed into the rally opponents, killing Heyer and injuring 19. A 20-year-old Ohio man, James Fields, said to have harboured Nazi sympathies, was charged with murder.

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Candlelight vigil and march held in Charlottesville

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 01:10