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Confederate Rally Organizers Arrive on Monument Avenue in Richmond

17 September 2017

A few members of the Tennessee-based pro-Confederate group gathered near the Robert E. Lee statue chanting "police lives matter" and were met by hundreds of counter-protesters on the other side of the statue, before police asked the pro-Confederate group to leave.

Confederate States heritage rally participants are gathering at the Robert.

Richmond Police said they trusted Saturday's rally and dissent stayed quiet, yet noticed the occasion came one month after a comparable rally in Charlottesville turned brutal.

Richmond police are teaming up with police from within the region and State Troopers to prevent what happened in Charlotteville from reoccurring.

Jessica Lawrence, a Richmond activist who planned to march Saturday from the new Maggie Walker statue on Broad Street to Monument Avenue, interrupted the group's 11 a.m. press conference outside the Virginia State Capitol.

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"I would like everyone to know we are cooperating with police. they are here for everyone's safety", Brandau said.

"We are taking the anticipated events seriously and we also will not tolerate violence", Mayor Levar Stoney said.

Police say people can exercise their free speech within certain assembly points around Lee Monument.

"You're causing inconvenience in our city", Lawrence shouted at the gathering.

"We will not tolerate racism or anything like that, none of it", said the rally's organizer Karen Lower, who will be dressed Martha Washington, the wife of the first President of the United States. "Have you no sensibility?"

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Any individual who appeared to the rally wearing covers or conveying different weapons would be captured, police said.

"My recommendation, and don't take this the wrong way, don't show up", Durham replied. "Try not to appear".

Beyond holding an unlawful public rally, they potentially would be violating several state laws against carrying loaded firearms in public areas and brandishing weapons in a manner reasonably meant to intimidate others.

Durham helped Richmonders that parts to remember Monument Avenue and some encompassing lanes would have diverse activity and stopping designs.

Police agencies across the state are working together to make sure things don't get out of hand.

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Confederate Rally Organizers Arrive on Monument Avenue in Richmond