Hundreds attend peaceful protest in Richmond, one detained

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Any individual who appeared to the rally wearing covers or conveying different weapons would be captured, police said.

One woman was arrested and the pro-Confederate rally-goers left today due to a "mutually agreed-upon decision", Richmond Police said in a tweet.

Police in Richmond, Virginia, are on alert as several dozen members of a pro-Confederate group are expected to rally Saturday morning in defense of the city's Confederate monuments.

"I would like everyone to know we are cooperating with police. they are here for everyone's safety", Brandau said.

Jessica Lawrence, a Richmond dissident who meant to walk Saturday from the new Maggie Walker statue on Broad Street to Monument Avenue, interfered with the gathering's 11 a.m. question and answer session outside the Virginia State Capitol.

Richmond police are teaming up with police from within the region and State Troopers to prevent what happened in Charlotteville from reoccurring.


The rally will be met with a counter-protest from the North Alabama Democratic Socialists of America and the Tennessee Valley Progressive Alliance. One person was killed and 19 were injured after a man with ties to a white supremacist group rammed his auto into a crowd of counter protesters.

Counter-protestors seem to have formed strategy of overshadowing right-wing rallies in recent months.

While Saturday's protests in Richmond remained peaceful, organizers behind the pro-Confederate rally reportedly did not receive a warm welcome to Richmond. But they were surrounded by hundreds of others who said they wanted the statue taken down. "That makes no sense".

According to police only one person was detained, and no injuries were reported.

Buses divided the two sides in hopes of keeping the peace.

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.

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