#UniteTheRight torch rally swarms student protest

Student protest surrounded by neo-Nazis

Several people received minor injuries after a far-right march attacked a student counter-protest in Charlottesville last night. The march was taking place ahead of today's “#UniteTheRight” rally, which is expected to be the largest neo-Nazi protest in the USA since 2002.

More than 400 hundred neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched through Charlottesville with torches chanting “white lives matter” and the Nazi slogan “blood and soil”. Before the march could reach it a liberal community anti-racist event in a church was evacuated.

Around 40 student and local anti-fascists attempted to counter-protest the march by linking arms around a statue in the centre of the university. The students were swarmed by the neo-Nazis, who completely surrounded the group before attacking them with fists and pepper spray.

The #UniteTheRight rally is an attempt to bring together all of the neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups which have been buoyed by the emergence of the alt-right. Memetic punch bag Richard Spencer is a the headline speaker, also appearing are a host of other prominent alt-right social media users.

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Hieronymous
Aug 15 2017 02:20

After the mediocre Maoist-led march mentioned above, another comrade (who sometimes posts on libcom) and I eventually made our way to San Francisco City Hall for a 7:00 p.m. vigil. We got there a little early and had some nice discussions with others, who happened to be mostly older women and there were fewer of the hardened activists of the earlier event. The crowd built up to several hundred and were clearly a more diverse group of working class people, both young and old.

A trans woman with a bullhorn spoke for the first 20 minutes, until the crowd demanded that other voices be heard. The speaker balked, and the crowed -- while chanting "Black Lives Matter" -- simply moved and reformed as a new circle nearby on the Civic Center Plaza and speakers began to alternate from person-to-person, as well as breaking into civil rights-era songs. Unlike the RefuseFascism.org march and their mostly pre-printed posters, the vigil had almost entirely hand-drawn and poetic signs. Faith-based types were well represented, and although I'm a staunch atheist, their interfaith -- although secular -- messages of tribute to Heather Heyer had an appropriate solemnity and gravity to honor her memory. The earlier RefuseFascism protest simply regurgitated the same boilerplate chants they always use, which are always heavily ideological and actually almost never resonate with the occasion.

Hieronymous
Aug 14 2017 15:51

Poetic justice for white nationalist Jason Kessler: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2017/aug/14/charlottesville-ra...

Black Badger
Aug 14 2017 19:17

Make fascists afraid again

petey
Aug 14 2017 21:01

was at Union Square yesterday. there were i'd say 300 there, perhaps more, a good number i thought. good age range too. called by DSA so there was a very visible DSA presence. there were also lots of ISO lithographed signs, BLM signs and chants, home-made anti-trump etc. signs, a few Palestinian flags, and a flag of the Metropolitan Anarchist Co-ordinating Committee, of which i've never heard but I'm not plugged in. the demo was completely contained by NYPD, who also had "legal observers". there was a speaker but we on the perimeter couldn't hear. i understand that the group later went to Trump's abode but i had left by then.

while there was antifa sentiment, i thought the focus was vague and commemoration of Heather Heyer and the immediate fight against the right did not appear to be at the center of the message. but then, as i said, i couldn't hear everything. perhaps other new york libcommers can give another perspective.

Hieronymous
Aug 15 2017 02:18

From listening to Democracy Now! on a Pacifica affiliated radio station this morning:

[CORRECTION]

CORNEL WEST wrote:
The antifascists, and then, crucial, the anarchists, because they saved our lives, actually. We would have been completely crushed, and I’ll never forget that.[...]The white supremacy was so intense. I’ve never seen that kind of hatred in my life. We stood there, and nine units went by, and looking right in our eyes. And they’re cussing me out, and so forth and so on. They’re lucky I didn’t lose my holy ghost, to tell you the truth, because I wanted to start swinging myself. I’m a Christian, but not a pacifist, you know. But I held back. But that kind of hatred—but that is just the theater. It’s big money. It’s big military. And it’s the way in which this capitalist civilization is leading us toward unbelievable darkness and bleakness. And the beautiful thing is the fightback. It was a beautiful thing to see all the people coming back.

Another Charolottesville interviewee, a University of Virginia professor, pointed out:

Jalane Schmidt wrote:
. . . the two main organizers of the rally on Saturday, the so-called Unite the Right rally, are graduates of the University of Virginia. Both Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler are UVA alums

Democracy Now! broadcast for today, August 14, 2017:

Hieronymous
Aug 15 2017 02:44

This toppling of a confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina today was too beautiful and inspiring to not post here:

Entdinglichung
Aug 15 2017 08:52
petey
Aug 15 2017 15:08

NYT gives 2 paragraphs - and a hotlink! - to redneck revolt

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/us/who-were-the-counterprotesters-...

a thing i haven't read elsewhere, they showed up with a cordon of rifles

petey
Aug 15 2017 16:03

compendium about state attempts to legalize protestor ramming

http://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/08/14/these-state-lawmakers-tried-to-mak...

Entdinglichung
Aug 16 2017 08:15

from yesterday's Washington Post, by N. D. B. Connolly (professor at John hopkins University)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/08/15/charlo...

Quote:
Yet despite the rights hard won by rock, we returned to paper. During the 1970s, we covered and concealed any historically specific grievance with a general promise of “equal opportunity,” ownership, and with law and order. Under liberalism, property rights were still king. Outcry about ongoing exclusion in employment, education, and political and cultural representation were not met with redistributive programs but rather diffuse commitments to multiculturalism. We were not allowed mandatory fair employment law, but rather voluntary affirmative action. We were not allowed historically redressive policy — dare one say reparations? — but rather mere tolerance and the assertion that our greatest problem, after nearly a century of Jim Crow, was ensuring the protection of free speech, even for hate speech.

Back in May and now again in mid-August, white supremacists in Charlottesville exhibited a taste for torches. The historical theater of such displays ought not be lost on us. Lynch mobs carried torches. But they also had to carry them, because dedicated people, forcefully defending black rights, drove hatemongers to conduct their murderous work under cover of darkness.

Consider that the Klan and neo-Nazis are again out and about in daylight, wielding not so much torches as scissors. We can keep on throwing paper. Even after a couple of centuries of trying, we can keep hoping a commitment to commerce can still be the great fix. We would do well, however, to wise up and start throwing rock — public denunciations of white supremacy, clear anti-racist institution building, and fighting for policies that undo the money made off racism, especially with an ancient hatred now standing unhooded.

Segregationists have again assumed their pedestals in the Justice Department, the White House and many other American temples. Paper alone won’t drive them out. Start throwing rocks.

adri
Aug 16 2017 08:45

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIrcB1sAN8I

Vice journalist filming and interviewing various unitetheright participants. The guy at 19:10 is unbelievable, trying to depict Fields as the victim.

petey
Aug 16 2017 14:12
Entdinglichung wrote:
from yesterday's Washington Post, by N. D. B. Connolly (professor at John hopkins University)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/08/15/charlo...

Quote:
Yet despite the rights hard won by rock, we returned to paper. During the 1970s, we covered and concealed any historically specific grievance with a general promise of “equal opportunity,” ownership, and with law and order. Under liberalism, property rights were still king. Outcry about ongoing exclusion in employment, education, and political and cultural representation were not met with redistributive programs but rather diffuse commitments to multiculturalism. We were not allowed mandatory fair employment law, but rather voluntary affirmative action. We were not allowed historically redressive policy — dare one say reparations? — but rather mere tolerance and the assertion that our greatest problem, after nearly a century of Jim Crow, was ensuring the protection of free speech, even for hate speech.

Back in May and now again in mid-August, white supremacists in Charlottesville exhibited a taste for torches. The historical theater of such displays ought not be lost on us. Lynch mobs carried torches. But they also had to carry them, because dedicated people, forcefully defending black rights, drove hatemongers to conduct their murderous work under cover of darkness.

Consider that the Klan and neo-Nazis are again out and about in daylight, wielding not so much torches as scissors. We can keep on throwing paper. Even after a couple of centuries of trying, we can keep hoping a commitment to commerce can still be the great fix. We would do well, however, to wise up and start throwing rock — public denunciations of white supremacy, clear anti-racist institution building, and fighting for policies that undo the money made off racism, especially with an ancient hatred now standing unhooded.

Segregationists have again assumed their pedestals in the Justice Department, the White House and many other American temples. Paper alone won’t drive them out. Start throwing rocks.

wapo also has a sympathetic article today on antifascists.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/08/16/who-ar...

Entdinglichung
Aug 16 2017 15:38

has the Washington Post turned radical? wink

Khawaga
Aug 16 2017 16:12

Reddit front page has a lot of anti Nazi memes and articles posted the last few days.

Entdinglichung
Aug 16 2017 20:48

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/charlottesv...

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Alex Jones, the broadcaster known for giving loud voice to wild conspiracy theories without providing any evidence, has claimed the KKK protesters in Charlottesville were in truth left-wing Jewish actors looking to cause trouble.

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Quote:
“I’ve been to this events,” said Mr Jones, host of the The Alex Jones Show. “They were just Jewish actors. Nothing against Jews in general, but they are leftists Jews that want to create this clash and they go dress up as Nazis.”

no1
Aug 17 2017 12:53

What do people think of Lorenzo Komboa Ervin take on the situation?

"We should understand that the fascists are making their last gasp struggle in history, and it may seem that they are succeeding since Trump is in presidential office and has a gov't packed with white supremacists, corporate fascists, christian fascists, and other right-wing fascist elements.
However, we must understand this historical moment deeper: This is also a period when fascism, the expression of degenerated capitalism, can not only be defeated, but we can have a social revolution which can wipe out this capitalist system itself forever. This is truly why we must fight, we have a world to win!"

Black Badger
Aug 17 2017 15:44

Lorenzo is a nice guy, but still trapped in the 60s/70s (i.e. too many quasi-Marxist rhetorical flourishes, like historical stages)

petey
Aug 18 2017 18:49

klan calls rally in durham, one guy shows up. maybe.

https://latest.com/2017/08/see-it-kkk-plans-rally-anti-hate-protesters-s...