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Vigils Planned In Bridgeport, Danbury To Rally Against Violence In Va.

Vigils are planned for Bridgeport and Danbury.
Vigils are planned for Bridgeport and Danbury. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — At least two vigils planned for Sunday in Fairfield County are among hundreds planned across the nation to rally against the violence at a White Nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Va.

The Danbury Vigil in Solidarity with Charlottesville Victims Against Hate is planned for 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Danbury Library, 170 Main St.

Organizers invited participants to bring candles or signs. The event is sponsored by Women's March CT - We March On, Western CT Democratic Socialists, Action Together Connecticut, Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance - CIRA, Danbury Area Justice Network, CT Working Families Party and CT Students for a Dream.

The Bridgeport vigil is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday at McLevy Green downtown.

"Join us as we condemn the terrorist acts happening in Charlottesville," said a Facebook post, calling it a "Vigil for Charlottesville and Against Hate."

The event is co-hosted by a number of community activist groups, including C4D - Connecticut Students for a Dream; CTCore-Organize Now, Fairfield Standing United, Greater Bridgeport Young Democrats and CT Women's March.

The events were planned after violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., after white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters Saturday. 

The chaos erupted Saturday when what is believed to be the largest group of white supremacists to gather in a decade descended on downtown Charlottesville to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Hundreds of others then arrived to protest the racism.

The event turned deadly after a car plowed into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency.

A Virginia state trooper and a pilot died in the crash of a police helicopter that was monitoring the event.

"There is no place for hatred and bigotry in our country. Our community's thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia," said Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe.

"There is no place for hatred, bigotry, or violence" in our nation, said Gov. Dannel Malloy, who appeared earlier Sunday at a vigil in West Hartford.

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