Rallies held in Tampa Bay after violence in Virginia

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Multiple rallies were held in Tampa Bay Sunday evening to honor those killed and injured amid clashes at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg in a show of solidarity to call for unity against the horrific events.

“Tampa Vigil Against Hate for Charlottesville”  was held in downtown Tampa near a controversial Confederate monument.   County commissioners voted in July to move the monument to a private cemetery. Organizers of the event have called on Florida officials to honor a vote to relocate a Confederate monument from public property.

In St. Petersburg, community members gathered at Demens Landing Park for a vigil hosted by Fired Up Pinellas and Invisible FL-13.

“The promotion of the alt right and hateful rhetoric surging through our nation is unacceptable. We encourage you to bring your families as we gather together to show that as Americans we can come together and stand up in love and solidarity,” the event’s organizers wrote on Facebook.

The Florida chapter of Save Southern Heritage released a statement blaming news reports about the violence in Virginia for “renewed attacks on Florida’s historical assets.”

 

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