A crowd estimated by police as approaching 1,500 people rallied Sunday outside Los Angeles City Hall in protest of the violent clashes Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, between those opposing a white nationalist rally and those staging it, a melee that left three people dead and scores injured.
Sunday’s protesters in downtown Los Angeles included a range of ages and ethnicities that appeared about evenly split between men and women, authorities said.
They began a march just after 2 p.m. from City Hall, with the throng moving east on Temple Street to Olvera Street, then into Little Tokyo and back up 1st Street to City Hall.
Police cleared a path, shutting down half the street as protesters continued their trek.
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A contingent of demonstrators shouted slogans and carried placards, accusing the Virginia rally as having racist intent.
Some alleged President Donald Trump didn’t go far enough in condemning the event’s organizers, who just a day before won a court battle to hold it.
The Charlottesville streets turned deadly Saturday when a car driven by James Alex Fields — a 20-year-old Ohio man thought to be a rally supporter — plowed into a line of counter-protesters crammed into an intersection.
The crash killed a woman, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, and wounded at least 19 others.
Two Virginia state troopers also died in a helicopter crash related to the furious assembly.
“I came here for the rally because of everything, because of what happened in Charlottesville, what’s been happening the last seven months in this country,” a man named Leo, who declined to use his last name, told City News Service.
By 4 p.m., protesters began arriving back at City Hall for a follow-up rally.
“The shocking violence in Charlottesville — and the abhorrent ideology behind it — have no place in America or anywhere in the world. Angelenos and people everywhere condemn these acts of hatred, and are deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries suffered today. We stand with (Charlottesville) Mayor (Mike) Signer and everyone in his city with hope and prayers for peace to be restored,” Garcetti said Saturday.
Activists planned rallies in Riverside and Palm Springs Sunday to express solidarity with the victims of Saturday’s attack.
A twilight candlelight vigil was set for 6 p.m. outside of Riverside City Hall, at 3900 Main St., according to the event’s Facebook page.
An alter will be constructed at the site for Heather D. Heyer, a 32-year- old woman killed in the Charlottesville attack when a man reportedly aligned with a hate group smashed into anti-racism activists with his car. Over 30 people were also injured in the attack.
Vigil attendees were encouraged to bring candles, notes and flowers, according to a post on the event ‘s Facebook page.
And in Palm Springs, a “Rally Against Racism, Hatred and Bigotry” was also scheduled for 7 p.m. at Frances Stevens Park at 500 North Palm Canyon Dr. in Palm Springs.
A solidarity demonstration at Temecula’s Duck Pond earlier Sunday drew about 60 people, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.
–City News Service, staff
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