White na­tion­al­ist leader re­turns to Char­lottesville

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NATION -

Richard Spencer, who in Au­gust led white na­tion­al­ists in a torch­light march across the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia cam­pus that touched off a week­end of deadly clashes, re­turned Satur­day night to Char­lottesville.

Spencer posted video on so­cial me­dia of fol­low­ers car­ry­ing torches to the statue of Robert E. Lee, which the city has sought to re­move.

The march co­in­cided with the univer­sity’s cel­e­bra­tion of its bi­cen­ten­nial.

“It was a planned flash mob,” Spencer said in an in­ter­view Satur­day. “It was a great suc­cess.”

The Au­gust march touched off vi­o­lence be­tween demon­stra­tors and coun­ter­protesters the next day. A man drove into a crowd, killing one woman and in­jur­ing oth­ers, and two po­lice of­fi­cers who were mon­i­tor­ing the protests died when their he­li­copter crashed.

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