Protesters In North Carolina Topple A Statue Of A Confederate Soldier!

A group of protesters toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday, in an incident that appears to be a direct response to violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. More than 100 activists from progressive and anti-fascist groups attended the “Emergency Durham Protest,” which culminated with the smashing of the 93-year-old statue. Posted By Persist

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Tiki Torch Carrying White Nationalist Cornballs Clash With Protesters At UVA

A group of white nationalists armed with cheap tiki torches and towering mugs of white privilege converged on the city of Charlottesville in Virginia ahead of a planned event on Friday. The Unite The Right rally, which was slated to take place in the city Saturday, was preceded by a number of ongoing clashes between nationalists and counter-protestors.

NBC News writes:

Altercations erupted Saturday morning and at least two people were hurt as white nationalists and counter-protesters violently clashed in Charlottesville, Virginia, where local police and the governor declared a state of emergency.

Supporters of the “Unite the Right” rally descended again on the city’s downtown in opposition to clergy members and other groups, who stood in a line singing, “This Little Light of Mine,” to drown out the profanity and slurs.

“Love has already won. We have already won,” the counter-protesters responded.

But as the violence intensified with shoving and punching, demonstrators covered their mouths after what appeared to be tear gas was released into the crowd.

The city and Albemarle County both issued a “declaration of local emergency” for the two jurisdictions to request additional resources. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also declared a state of emergency to allow for a response to quell the violence.

MSNBC just said in a live report that the Unite The Right rally has been canceled due to the clashing in the streets. Some of the fights took hold on the campus of the University of Virginia as well, with figures such as Dr. Cornel West among the throng shouting down the rally’s intent.

As this story develops, we will provide updates. See below and the following pages to some of the reaction. So far, it looks like the Nazi Parade is unraveling although some of the supremacists are reportedly pulling weapons on people when confronted.

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Madness: Trump Supporters Clash With May Day Protesters In New York!

Supporters of President Donald Trump showed up at a May Day Rally in New York’s Union Square this afternoon, clashing with New Yorkers observing the workers’ holiday. Trump supporters wore military helmets, gas masks and “Make America Great Again” hats in the video. A similar confrontation occurred in Los Angeles, where 150 Trump supporters faced off with celebrators of May Day, or the International Workers’ Day. Posted By Persist

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Trump Immigrant-Ban Protesters Asked If They’d Let Refugees Live With Them. Here’s How They Respond

Well-known video prankster Joey Salads — who also performs self-described “mind-blowing social experiments” — said he conducted a mock solicitation on hidden camera at Los Angeles International Airport amid protests against Republican President  Full Article »
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Protesters decry ‘rape culture’ at Minnesota amid player suspensions

MINNEAPOLIS – About 200 people gathered at the University of Minnesota to support the victim of an alleged sexual assault that led to the suspension of 10 football players.

The protest outside TCF Bank Stadium happened Saturday afternoon, hours after members of the football team rescinded their boycott of the upcoming Holiday Bowl. The team had threatened a boycott to protest the suspension of their teammates who were allegedly involved in the September encounter with the woman.

The Star Tribune reports that the demonstrators chanted ''she is not alone'' and ''Hey hey, ho ho, rape culture has got to go.''

Organizers planned the rally to support the woman before the football team had announced its boycott. Organizer Sarah Super says the idea gained momentum after the team threatened to boycott.

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Lillard denounces anti-Trump protesters for making Portland less safe

A wave of peaceful protests have broken out across cities in the United States in response to Donald Trump being named the 45th president-elect.

In Portland, however, anti-Trump protests have been accompanied by property damage and violence, and that isn't the way to protest, says Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard.

“I think it’s very unfortunate that people have done some of the things they have done during the protest. A lot of harm and damage has been done,” Lillard told ESPN’s Chris Haynes on Saturday.

“I do understand their frustration, and I commend people wanting to come together for some kind of change. Tearing apart your own city just isn’t the place to begin, and also making your own city less of a safe place isn’t the answer.”

Incidents of vandalism and assault prompted police to take action against crowds by using flash bangs and tear gas. A male protester was shot on Friday, although his injuries aren’t considered life-threatening.

“For someone to be shot on the bridge lets you know it has gone too far,” Lillard said. “That could have been a kid out there or any person catching a stray bullet.”

Lillard added that Oregon voted heavily against Trump, which only makes violence all the more senseless.

“Especially when the majority of the people here voted for Hillary. So if this is an anti-Trump rally, then you’re probably harming the people that you side with in most cases. So again I share the same worry, but I don’t think this is the solution.”

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