#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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oscha
Aug 12 2017 19:04

i've been following this closely since and and even before Tump's election.
Fascists are winning more and more in the streets there: Berkeley, Charlottesville...

Craftwork
Aug 12 2017 20:29
Hieronymous
Aug 12 2017 20:42

admin: derailing comments removed

RIP to the person killed in Charlottesville today.

Fleur
Aug 12 2017 22:19

Refusing to get into the middle of this argument but it's all over social media that the dead comrade was a Wobbly. One of my twitter mutuals said that they were a friend of a friend, which is in no way an actual confirmation but that's the word right now. Obviously no one is going to be able to give a definitive identification because next of kin and other loved ones need to be informed first.

syndicalist
Aug 12 2017 22:21

It has not been confirmed (as of 6:20 PM Eastern Standard Time-US) that the person is a member of the IWW. It is believed that they are, with the two injured protesters members of the Democratic Socialists of America.

I've no further and confirmed info at this time.

syndicalist
Aug 12 2017 23:01

CNN is now reporting 3 dead in C'ville. No other details as I can not get the audio. only a headline.

Fleur
Aug 12 2017 23:06

I've heard that the other 2 deaths are from the police helicopter crash but that's only rumours right now, afaik.

syndicalist
Aug 12 2017 23:30

Comment removed. It was in response to others comments taken down

Steven.
Aug 12 2017 23:23

All the derailing comments have been removed. Seriously people should know better.

This is awful, press reports I can see say 1 dead and 19 injured in the attack, with two killed in an unrelated police helicopter crash (no bystanders)

in terms of the person killed, it seems it was a woman, and the DSA Twitter account posted this containing an IWW logo, so presumably they also believe she was a wobbly: https://twitter.com/DemSocialists/status/896466084664156162

so sorry for the victims, their friends and family. Trump has basically refused to condemn the attack, making a bland comment about violence on all sides. He is such a piece of shit.

syndicalist
Aug 12 2017 23:29
Fleur wrote:
I've heard that the other 2 deaths are from the police helicopter crash but that's only rumors right now, afaik.

Yeah, you might be right about that portrays. I seen something in The Hill and they made it seem like the surveillance chopper cops deaths were attributable to the protest.

syndicalist
Aug 13 2017 00:07

Washington Post:

Quote:
A” 32-year-old woman was killed, according to police, who said they were investigating the crash as a criminal homicide. The driver of one of the vehicles was taken into custody and charges were pending, said Al Thomas, the Charlottesville police chief.”
Juan Conatz
Aug 13 2017 02:01

This is from the IWW's General Defense Committee:

Quote:
We have seen the reports that one or more victims of the attack in #charlottesville were members of the IWW, and have been doing everything we can to account for our members who were there and their safety. So far, no IWW group there that we have talked to has known anyone that was seriously injured. If you have any information, please feel free to message this page.

Member or not, our solidarity and thoughts are with all of the victims of the far right violence today. Thank you to everyone who has been doing what they can to stand up to the far right and support one another, in #cville and beyond.

syndicalist
Aug 13 2017 04:13

The sister killed by the racist/fascist is Heather Heyer. I heard she was with DSA, but can not confirm.

Hieronymous
Aug 13 2017 05:07

The pig who ran over all those comrades was James Alex Fields, 20, of Maumee, Ohio.

Huffington Post wrote:
Fields’ mother, Samantha Bloom, told the Toledo Blade on Saturday that her son had told her he was going to Virginia for an “alt-right” rally but didn’t describe it to her in detail. Bloom said she’d warned her son to be careful and to protest “peacefully,” according to the newspaper.

Bloom told The Associated Press that she wasn’t aware that the event was a white supremacist rally. “I thought it had to do with Trump,” she said. “Trump’s not a white supremacist.”

Juan Conatz
Aug 13 2017 04:24

From the pictures of the attack, there's several IWW flags so it looks like it was our bloc that was hit. I'll post any further information that I can.

zugzwang
Aug 13 2017 04:30
Quote:
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.

In response to the police apparently crashing one of the Right's events, Spencer is vowing to "make Charlottesville the center of the world" and "come back here so many times it's gonna make your head spin." In any case, upsetting news about the death of a possible wobbly, and regards to anyone personally affected.

syndicalist
Aug 13 2017 05:12
Juan Conatz wrote:
From the pictures of the attack, there's several IWW flags so it looks like it was our bloc that was hit. I'll post any further information that I can.

Apparently she was a DSA member. Regardless, what a freakin shame.

Hieronymous
Aug 13 2017 05:36

Protest in Oakland (half an hour ago):

libcom
Aug 13 2017 07:31

A few tweets are saying she was a member of both the DSA and the IWW which might explain the confusion. https://twitter.com/BSAatUVA/status/896566542913204224 has so far been the most reliable information about this on twitter.

petey
Aug 13 2017 12:49

list of solidarity demos

https://itsgoingdown.org/guide-to-solidarity-actions-charlottesville-around-world/

e2a the NYC one is listed as at 7 pm, but the link to the organizers says 4 pm, so perhaps it'd be good to double check your local listing.

jef costello
Aug 13 2017 15:29
oscha wrote:
i've been following this closely since and and even before Tump's election.
Fascists are winning more and more in the streets there: Berkeley, Charlottesville...

It certaintly seems like the right is getting bigger and more capable of putting people on the streets, and winning fights is only going to encourage them.
Very bad news that someone standing up to this was killed.

Hieronymous
Aug 13 2017 19:34

More on the driver who plowed into the crowd in Charlottesville:

Washington Post wrote:
The accused driver, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, espoused Nazi views in high school, according to Derek Weimer, a teacher.

Weimer, a history teacher, said that he taught Fields during his junior and senior years at Randall K. Cooper High School in the Boone County school district in Kentucky.

During a class called “America’s Modern Wars,” Weimer said that Fields wrote a deeply researched paper about the Nazi military during World War II.

“It was obvious that he had this fascination with Nazism and a big idolatry of Adolf Hitler,” Weimer said. “He had white supremacist views. He really believed in that stuff.”

Weimer said that Fields’ research project into the Nazi military was well written but appeared to be a “big lovefest for the German military and the Waffen SS.”

“When you’re a teacher and you see one of your former students do this it’s a nightmare scenario,” Weimer said. “This was something that was growing in him. I admit I failed. I tried my best. But this is definitely a teachable moment and something we need to be vigilant about because this stuff is tearing up our country.”

redsdisease
Aug 13 2017 17:49
jef costello wrote:
oscha wrote:
i've been following this closely since and and even before Tump's election.
Fascists are winning more and more in the streets there: Berkeley, Charlottesville...

It certaintly seems like the right is getting bigger and more capable of putting people on the streets, and winning fights is only going to encourage them.
Very bad news that someone standing up to this was killed.

Hmm... I wasn't there, and obviously the dust is still settling on a pretty chaotic day, but it seems more and more clear that the fascists did not win yesterday. They got routed both on a tactical/street level (pushed out of the park and dispersed before the rally was even supposed to start) and an optical/pr level (swastikas and driving cars into crowds is not a good look, even to most Trump supporters).

One of the main goals of their rally was to start tying together the disparate threads of the far right, I'd be very surprised if those groups, personalities, and tendencies didn't all start blaming each other for the failures during the rally. They're certainly gonna be more disconnected from any kind of base after this weekend. I'd also be surprised if we see very many oathkeeper/3%er militia types at these rallies in the future, that link was already fracturing before this rally.

Obviously, we can't really claim that an event in which a woman was murdered and 19 people were sent to the hospital was a victory, but it is looking like the far-right were well out-organized yesterday.

Hieronymous
Aug 13 2017 19:23

This sums it up pretty well (thanks to Huli for the link):

An Influential Vet Just Put The Blame For Todays Violence Right Where It Belongs In Epic Rant

And another factoid (thanks to S. Artesian for this one):

S.A. wrote:
State legislatures in Tennessee, North Dakota, Florida have all debated new laws that would indemnify vehicle drivers who strike protesters occupying or blocking a public roadway.
Ed
Aug 13 2017 21:18

Reds, do you have any reports or videos (or whatever) that give you that impression? I can't tell one way or the other and I'd like to know your reasoning

petey
Aug 13 2017 21:25
Hieronymous wrote:
This sums it up pretty well (thanks to Huli for the link):

An Influential Vet Just Put The Blame For Todays Violence Right Where It Belongs In Epic Rant

And another factoid (thanks to S. Artesian for this one):

S.A. wrote:
State legislatures in Tennessee, North Dakota, Florida have all debated new laws that would indemnify vehicle drivers who strike protesters occupying or blocking a public roadway.

also NC
https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2017-04-28/north-carolina-house-votes-to-protect-drivers-who-hit-protesters

petey
Aug 13 2017 22:13
syndicalist
Aug 13 2017 22:30

Workers Solidarity Alliance Short Statement

Quote:
The Workers Solidarity Alliance (WSA) sends our condolences to the family, friends and fellow workers of Heather Heyer who was murdered in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

We further wish a speedy recovery to those injured in racist/fascist attack.

The struggle against hate and reactionary violence will neither begin nor end after Saturday’s event long fades from memory. Our struggles must be a living breathing part of the bigger fight to change society.

We join hands and raise our fists with all who struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-semitism and class oppression.

Never Again! Yours for a new world!

Workers Solidarity Alliance
https://workersolidarity.org/about-wsa/who-we-are/

Hieronymous
Aug 14 2017 00:07

I'm at the San Francisco march going through the gay Castro District to a fairly sympathetic reception. Maybe a couple hundred for an event called by the RCP front group RefuseFascism.org. Now they're doing a lame die-in at the main intersection. Not terribly inspiring. I should've gone to Oakland last night.