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Newport area residents protest invasion of hate in Charlottesville, Va

Newport demonstration of support for those in Charlottesville, VA who speak out against hate, racism and and bigotry.
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From Bill Dalbey

A group of approximately 40 people gathered late Wednesday afternoon, August 16th, at the intersection of Hwy 101 and 20 in Newport to show solidarity with the people of Charlottesville, VA. The group demonstrated for several hours, peacefully carrying signs expressing condemnation of neo-nazis, the KKK, white supremacy, and in some cases, the Trump administration.

The impromptu demonstration was organized by the Diversity Coalition of Lincoln County.

Many motorists gave signs of support, and a few gave signs of disapproval. In an emotional and unsettling incident, one man screamed obscenities and insults at the crowd and spat on one of the demonstrators before driving off in anger, returning moments later to the parking lot of JC Market, where his wife continued screaming hateful rhetoric at the demonstrators. Police were later shown a video a demonstrator took of the incident. It’s unknown if there was any followup activity.

One demonstrator said “ I will always have that image in my head of that little girl sitting in the back seat of that car that stopped by us and came around three times. Her father was screaming horrible, hate filled words. She was crying, saying, “Please Dad, don’t. Please Dad.”

Another demonstrator said “This incident should serve as a wake-up call to our community that intolerance and hatered is alive and well in Lincoln County. To those who would prefer to pretend that such evil is not right here with us in our community, this incident should show them that it’s time to stand up and proclaim in no uncertain terms that this kind of behavior is unacceptable.”

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