London News & Search
An alleged white nationalist was fired from his job today after being outed on social media for his involvement in a Far Right rally in America that left one anti-fascist demonstrator dead and more than 20 injured.
Cole White was one of a number of marchers named and shamed on Twitter. As a result, he was fired from the Top Dog restaurant in Berkeley, California, where he worked.
White was one of thousands who gathered for the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.
The event, which was openly attended by neo-Nazis and other hate groups, was ostensibly intended to protest against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee from the newly renamed Emancipation Park.
Anti-fascist demonstrator Heather Heyer was killed when a car rammed into a crowd protesting against the rally.
Another of those identified as an angry-looking torch bearer, 20-year-old student Peter Cvjetanovic, said: “I understand the photo has a very negative connotation. But I hope that the people sharing the photo are willing to listen that I’m not the angry racist they see in that photo.”
The “Yes, You’re Racist” Twitter page has been naming the Unite the Right marchers to its 180,000 followers online since the hate-fuelled rallies on Friday and Saturday.
One of the alleged alt-right protesters, using the name @FearsWilliam, retweeted an image that the page posted of him throwing up a Hitler salute, saying “lol”.
The man describes himself as being the “charismatic leader of a white breeding cult” in his profile.
The Yes, You’re Racist page also posted photos of James Fields, the Nazi-loving 20-year-old who allegedly rammed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters on Saturday, killing 32-year-old paralegal Ms Heyer. Fields has been charged with second-degree murder.
His former history teacher told the Washington Post that he idolised Adolf Hitler. “It was obvious that he had this fascination with Nazism and a big idolatry of Adolf Hitler,” Derek Weimer said.
Thousands of people gathered in cities across the US last night to protest against the violence in Virginia.
Trouble broke out as anti-fascist marchers clashed with riot police in Seattle. There were also peaceful gatherings in New York, Florida and Cleveland.
The political reverberations were still being felt today, with both Vice President Mike Pence and the White House seeking to play down Donald Trump’s failure to condemn white supremacists who sparked the bloodshed in Virginia, forcing the state governor Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency.
Soon after the rally President Trump blamed the trouble on “many sides”. Later he ignored reporters who asked him whether he condemned white nationalist groups or considered the murder of a woman in Charlottesville a terrorist attack.
Today a White House spokesperson suggested that the president condemned “white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups”, even though he failed to mention any of them.
“The president said very strongly that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred, and, of course, that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups,” the official said.
Speaking in Cartagena, Colombia, Mr Pence said Mr Trump “clearly and unambiguously condemned” the “bigotry and hatred”.
“We have no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the KKK,” he added.
London News & Search