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Charlottesville violence & Heather Heyer death: University of Virginia holds vigil

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Charlottesville, Virginia’s alt+right rally, the counter procession and their implications are not going to die down any time soon. Heather Heyer’s death and the injuries sustained by around two dozen people shocked not just the protesters, but the entire population. Many people who had been feeling a bit of sympathy for far right elements and White Supremacists too are turning against them.

While common people seem to be coming forward to condemn and offer support to the ant- White Supremacist campaign waged by common people, President Donald Trump has once again shocked everyone by looking like an alt right supporter.

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While there is no denying that Charlottesville is rather calm days after violence erupted around the Unite the Right rally, a gathering of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and there is a sort of under current showing fear and apprehension.




In the meantime thousands of people came together Wednesday night for a vigil at the University of Virginia to mourn Heather Heyer death. The vigil that was originally organized by students and faculty grew from word of mouth, phone calls, emails and text messages as the university community tried to begin the healing process. The attendees refrained from publicizing the vigil on social media to ensure everyone’s safety, organizers said.

The way people gathered in complete peace without any sense of rabble rousing shows that the intent of the opponents of alt-right and White supremacists. People made around a quarter-mile long procession that began at Nameless Field and ended at “the Lawn,” near the Rotunda. They had walked the same route that torch-bearing white nationalists marched Friday protesting the removal of the Confederate statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Earlier Heather’s father, Mark Heyer set an example of sorts for the hate mongers who spread hate and animosity against others. While talking to a local newspaper, Mark said he forgives James Alex Fields Jr., who has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of hit-and-run. While talking to the newspaper he said, “People need to stop hating, and they need to forgive each other. And I include myself in that, in forgiving the guy that did this…He doesn’t know no better. You know, I just think of what the Lord said on the cross. Lord forgive him, they don’t know what they’re doing.”

The crowd showed that it cannot be intimated by threats of the right wingers. They sang: “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” In an improvised verse, they sang: “All around UVA, I’m going to let it shine.”

While speaking on the occasion Mayor Mike Signer said, “They tried to change who we are and after we have been grieving for those few days. I think that we are back on our feet we are going to be stronger than ever, Charlottesville”.

People are still very angry following the death of the woman and injuries to 19 others. Many of them are still in hospitals and fighting for their lives. UVA Dean of Students Allen Groves tweeted: “I have struggled to let go of my anger over what was done to us last weekend, but seeing 5000 of my fellow citizens tonight sure helped.”

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