Charlottesville Protest Continues to Reverberate

Aug 15, 2017

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Student leaders at dozens of U.S. universities are decrying the weekend violence in Virginia in a statement that says campuses should be safe for students, not "places of violence, hate and racism."

The statement signed by the undergraduate student body president at Ohio State University and his counterparts at more than 120 schools in 34 states and Washington, D.C., stretching from California to Florida and New Jersey.

It expresses support for University of Virginia students in Charlottesville, where a driver is accused of slamming into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally. One woman died.

The student leaders' statement expresses support for "marginalized students" and advocates for what it describes as "peaceful resistance to violence, racism, white supremacy, bigotry and acts of terrorism."

Richmond Monument

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state government is removing two magnolia trees and closing sidewalks on Capitol Square as it prepares to build a new monument to honor Virginia's Native Americans.

The Virginia Department of General Services said Monday that construction on the monument, called Mantle, is expected to start later this month. The monument is expected to be completed in December.

Several trees will be planted once the monument is complete.

Crowd Size

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Authorities have not provided a crowd estimate for the Saturday rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville that descended into chaos. But two organizations that track hate groups said it was the largest white supremacist gathering in a decade or more.

An Associated Press reporter and photographer who were on the scene all day estimated the white nationalist group at about 500 and the counterprotesters at double that, based on in-person observations and photos, including some taken from just above street level.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says she did not have a crowd estimate.

Southern Poverty Law Center spokeswoman Heidi Beirich told The Associated Press the next-biggest white supremacist rally her group knew of took place in 2002 in the nation's capital and drew around 300 people.

White Nationalist Website Evicted

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A prominent white nationalist website that promoted a Virginia rally that ended in deadly violence Saturday is losing its internet domain host.

GoDaddy tweeted late Sunday night that it has given the Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider because the site has violated GoDaddy's terms of service.

GoDaddy spokesman Dan Race tells the New York Daily News that the Daily Stormer violated its terms of service by labeling a woman killed in an attack at the event in Charlottesville "fat" and "childless." Heather Heyer was killed Saturday when police say a man plowed his car into a group of demonstrators protesting the white nationalist rally.

Shortly after GoDaddy tweeted its decision, the site posted an article claiming it had been hacked and would be shut down.