Dandridge neo-confederate group to rally around Virginia monument


The Dixie Rally organizers said they were simply out there to fight for heritage. "We're here out-of-state. but everyone else that we're going to be standing up with tomorrow are Virginia residents".

Protesters defending Confederate statues surrounded a monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, Saturday, but counter-protesters far outnumbered them, forming a crowd of several hundred people, CBS News' Paula Reid reported.

There is no such vote on the table in Richmond, which filled in as the Capital of the Confederacy.

Richmond officials are preparing for possible protests on Monument Avenue Saturday.

"I might want everybody to know we are collaborating with police... they are here for everybody's wellbeing", Brandau said.

Richmond is reevaluating the monument after the violent white nationalist rally in nearby Charlottesville last month that began as a rally to protest the removal of a Confederate statute.

"I hope nobody loses their lives tomorrow, on either side, I really do. That is not why we are here", Brandau said.

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

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

"You're causing inconvenience in our city", Lawrence shouted at the gathering. "Have you no sensibility?" Anyone who rallies within the grass space of the monument will be arrested by police. This has counter-protesters anxious for their safety.

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

Police said they plan to enforce a policy of no weapons or masks in the area directly surrounding the monument; however Virginia is an open carry state and those wanting to carry guns up to that point will be allowed to. Protesters who tried to hide their identities with masks would be arrested, no questions asked.

It was unclear exactly who the second group of pro-Confederate protesters were or if they were affiliated with CSA II. "That's the struggle here".