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17 September 2017, 07:38 | Devin Moran
Robert E. Lee Monument on Monument Avenue
Organizers of Saturday's Confederate monument rally in Richmond explained why they traveled here from out-of-state for the weekend demonstration.
Richmond is reevaluating the monument after the violent white nationalist rally in nearby Charlottesville last month that began as a rally to protest the removal of a Confederate statute.
Richmond police are teaming up with police from within the region and State Troopers to prevent what happened in Charlotteville from reoccurring.
As of 11:32 a.m., there were no arrests, although one person was removed from the scene, according to the Richmond Police Department. "That is not why we are here", Brandau said. "We came here to help the people that want to stand up for the monuments". "They wanted us out of the state but then they slash our tires so we can't leave the state", The Richmond Times Dispatch reported Tara Brandau, one of the rally's organizers, told police as she waited with other pro-Confederate protesters for a tow. "Have you no sensibility?"
Police said weapons, like bats, flag poles, and shields, are prohibited.
"How would you prescribe that counter dissidents shield themselves from being shot on Saturday?" one lady asked Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham amid a Thursday night group meeting.
"We have reached out to Charlottesville, we have reached out to Boston, we have reached out to Berkeley, to get their reaction, best practices, what went wrong, went right, and that's what you'll see us executing in our plan", Durham said. "Try not to appear". Anyone who rallies within the grass space of the monument will be arrested by police. Nonconformists who attempted to disguise their characters with covers would be captured, no inquiries inquired.
It was unclear exactly who the second group of pro-Confederate protesters were or if they were affiliated with CSA II. "That is the battle here".
Chesterfield Police, Henrico Police, Virginia State Police, and Capitol Police would be close by with an end goal to keep the peace.
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