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Lawsuit Seeks to Stop White Nationalists From Returning to Charlottesville

The city of Charlottesville, Virginia, has filed suit against the “Unite the Right” group’s leaders and other private paramilitary outfits to stop them from organizing gatherings similar to the one that led to a death this summer in the city. The Charlottesville City Council also voted to join the suit. “The laws regulating civilian militias were put in place by our forebears for a crucial purpose,” said Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer. “What Charlottesville saw the weekend of Aug. 12 were armed organizations parading their violence in public and attacking citizens. Such a blatant assault on democratic government itself may be integral to today’s ‘alt-right’ movement, but it cannot be allowed to continue.”