|During a rally in Charlottesville over the weekend, counter-protests turned violent. Counter-protesters reportedly blocked streets , chanted obscenities, threw bottles at and even sprayed law enforcement officers with pepper spray. Charlottesville police arrested twenty-two individuals, who were charged with everything from obstructing justice to felony assault of a police officer. |
Richmond's local Antifa group , Antifa Seven Hills, praised the actions of those who were arrested, and posted a request for help in paying their legal expenses, and calling for Charlottesville Mayor Signer to drop all charges.
Disgraced Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, who has led the push to attempt to remove the Lee and Jackson monuments in Charlottesville, instead of supporting his Police Chief and those who kept order on Saturday, made it clear that he sides with the violent protesters in his comments, shown below.