By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
The march to commemorate last summer’s Charlottesville rally was this weekend and it wasn’t pretty. It never is with communists and radicals. Black Bloc and Antifa were out in full force with their violence and hatred on display. It quickly devolved into cop-hatred. Just before the march, Antifa unfurled a banner that read, “Last year they came w/ torches. This year they come w/ badges.” This was to compare cops to white nationalists which is just obscene. “Why are you in riot gear? We don’t see no riot here,” Antifa members chanted Saturday evening. More than 200 protesters (actually it looked like way more than that) comprised of students, residents, communists, radicals and Antifa goons marched to another part of the University of Virginia’s campus, where many in the crowd shouted at officers in riot gear who had formed a line.
UVA Students United coordinator Kibiriti Majuto stated that students moved to another part of the campus because they didn’t want to be “caged” by police officers where they had planned to march. “How does that create a sense of community? How are we going to be safe in that situation?” he asked. Majuto claimed that the police “were not on our side” last year when white supremacists surrounded counterprotesters on the rotunda. “Cops and Klan go hand in hand!” he chanted. Looks to me as if the KKK are not the only racists here.
Enter Charlottesville city councilman Wes Bellamy. He claims to have tried to defuse the standoff. He told the police commander that the students were upset by the officers’ tactics, calling the officers’ riot gear “over the top.” I guess we know which side this guy is on and it’s not the side of the police. Many of the demonstrators started to walk away after a few minutes and there were no reports of arrests on campus. Before this encounter at the UVA rally, dozens of protesters marched off campus through other parts of the city, chanting things like, “Whose streets? Our streets,” and “Who do you protect? Who do you serve?” They dispersed when they made it to the downtown area.
In an area to the east of the Rotunda at UVA: pic.twitter.com/xkpS4bpzaf
— Allison Wrabel (@craftypanda) August 11, 2018