New Confederates explain why they're here as Richmond braces for rally

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The New Confederate States of America based in Dandridge, Tenn., has advertised a "Heritage Not Hate" rally in Richmond at the statue of Confederate Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue.

Organizers of Saturday's Confederate monument rally in Richmond explained why they traveled here from out-of-state for the weekend demonstration.

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. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, the second set of pro-Confederate protesters numbered just two people and left after roughly 30 minutes.

Authorities closed down streets and blocked them off with dump trucks to prevent a repeat of Charlottesville, when a suspect rammed a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. "That is not why we are here", Brandau said. "What we would love for you to do is come up and speak to the heart of your feelings on what is going on here and why you are upset that it's coming to your hometown".

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

Rally organizers say they're cooperating with police and that they want the protest to remain peaceful.

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

We call on Mayor Levar M. Stoney and Police Chief Alfred Durham to protect the law-abiding, peace-loving citizens of Richmond by rounding up these out of town criminals and locking them up.

"My suggestion, and don't take this the wrong way, don't show up", Durham answered.

It was unclear exactly who the second group of pro-Confederate protesters were or if they were affiliated with CSA II.

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

Chesterfield Police, Henrico Police, Virginia State Police, and Capitol Police would be on hand in an effort to keep the peace.

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