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Lee statue protest, counter protest this weekend in Richmond

Lee statue protest, counter protest this weekend in Richmond”

And even though they aren't from Virginia, these organizers insist they were asked by Virginians to be at the rally.

Police will arrest anyone wearing a mask at the "Protect The General Robert E. Lee Monument Rally", Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Thomas Crompton, the president of the New Confederate States of America, says statue supporters will not be taking part in any violence.

Hundreds packed a church Thursday evening to voice their concerns regarding a possible rally at Robert E. Lee Memorial along Monument Avenue on Saturday.

"I hope nobody loses their lives tomorrow, on either side, I really do".

Richmond wants people to protest peacefully.

"You're causing trouble in our city", Lawrence yelled at the group. "Have you no sensibility?"

Authorities in Richmond say they will restrict certain weapons and shut down some streets during a weekend demonstration over the city's Confederate monuments. Richmond's mayor and police chief agree that the city is prepared to handle any situation.

While there would be no police pat-downs at the rally, police said bricks, poles, and other types of weapons will not be allowed.

If someone has a mask on, we're not asking them to take it off - we're making an arrest. Durham said. "Ladies and gentleman, the right to assemble is a constitutional right".

State police, Capitol police, Henrico, Chesterfield, and VCU were all united to say they're doing all they can to keep you safe.



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