Richard Spencer Returns For Charlottesville March; Mayor Mike Signer Says "Go Home"


Marchers led by the white supremacist Richard Spencer staged a "flash mob" by torchlight on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a rally in August led to the death of Heather Heyer, a peaceful counter-protester who was run down by a auto.

The Charlottesville statue of the Confederacy's most famous general has become a flash point for clashes between far-right groups, including the Ku Klux Klan and white nationalists, and counter-protesters often known as "Antifa", an anti-fascist umbrella organization.

Charlottesville's Mayor Mike Signer fired off an angry response on Twitter, telling Spencer and the protesters to "go home".

"We're going to do it again", Spencer said in his Tweet after Saturday's rally. "We are a people who, for too long, cowered and scared at the idea of being called racist, but this no longer affects us".

Spencer, a graduate of UVA, and his group then left the park, boarded a tour bus at another location and left the city, police said. You're not welcome here!

White supremacists returned to Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, rallying in the same place where a woman was killed in violent clashes after being mowed down by a auto less than two months ago.

"We are peacefully walking on the sidewalk, just enjoying the night out", Spencer said in the post. "No major confrontations. We came in peace".

This rally comes after the "Unite the Right" event in Charlottesville on August 12, during which a auto plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one. He led the torchlit march that set off a weekend of violence that led to the death of Heather Heyer back in August. They sang "Dixie" at the Emancipation Park, and left after declaring that Russian Federation was a friend, and "South will rise again". Mr Signer tweeted, adding: "We're looking at all our legal options".

Most in attendance held torches. It showed the group chanting "You will not replace us" - a chant that during the August protest morphed into "Jews will not replace us".

"It's clear that these white supremacists are using torches, fire, and hate speech to intimidate our citizens", he said.