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Eleven residents injured in August during violence that sprang from a planned rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville are suing the supremacists, asking for monetary damages and a ban on similar gatherings.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday morning in federal court in Charlottesville, cites laws enacted during Reconstruction to counter intimidation of blacks in the South and more recent cases targeting antiabortion activists.
The complaint accuses Unite the Right rally leaders and organizers — including #whitenationalists#RichardSpencer, #JasonKessler and #MatthewHeimbach — of violating state and federal civil rights laws by creating a menacing environment and inciting violence against people based on their race, religion and ethnicity.
The #KuKluxKlan, #VanguardAmerica, the #NationalistFront and the #LeagueoftheSouth, all of which support #whitenationalist or #whitesupremacist aims and took part in the rally, are among the three dozen individuals and organizations named in the 113-page complaint. “The violence in Charlottesville was no accident,” the lawsuit reads. “In countless posts on their own websites and social media, defendants and their co-conspirators promised that there would be violence in Charlottesville and violence there was.” The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include University of Virginia students, Charlottesville residents and #religiousleaders who say they were subject to tear gas, physical and verbal assaults and, in one case, were targeted online by #whitesupremacists who posted their photo on a racist website.