Peaceful protesters gather in Columbus after violent VA white na - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Peaceful protesters gather in Columbus after violent VA white nationalist rally

(Source: Chandler Morgan/WTVM) (Source: Chandler Morgan/WTVM)
Site of protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Source: Associated Press/Raycom Media) Site of protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Source: Associated Press/Raycom Media)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Peaceful protesters gathered in Uptown Columbus early Sunday night in response to the violent white nationalist rally in Virginia over the weekend.

Approximately 40 people gathered in Uptown Columbus walking a trail with signs in hand silently condemning the Charlottesville, Virginia violent white nationalist rally, which left three people dead and dozens injured.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has released a statement following the violent white nationalist protest this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In a Facebook post, Tomlinson wrote: “I am outraged and sickened by the neo-fascist violence in the great city of Charlottesville. Hate and violence are not American and will not be tolerated.”

The chaos erupted in Virginia around what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade— including neo-Nazis, skinheads, and members of the Ku Klux Klan who descended to "take America back" by rallying against plans to remove a Confederate statue.

President Donald Trump calling for the hate and violence to stop, but some of his critics say his words are too little too late, saying he needs to take a public stand against groups that espouse racism and hate.

"Hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now," President Trump said. "We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true affection for each other."

Trump condemned "in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides." He added: "It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It's been going on for a long, long time."

Copyright 2017 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the WTVM app here.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Winners drawn in Heart Raffle at Mercedes-Benz fundraiser

    Winners drawn in Heart Raffle at Mercedes-Benz fundraiser

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:10 PM EST2018-01-21 20:10:26 GMT
    (Source: Tony Sloan/WTVM)(Source: Tony Sloan/WTVM)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a lucky day for two people in the Columbus area who won the 2018 Heart Raffle. It's the 15th year of the event and representatives of Mercedes Benz says that this year's raffle is its biggest yet. "To date, we've raised over six-hundred thousand for the Heart Association. It's the fifteenth year we've done this and the most successful year. We sold 2,515 tickets which is all that we have to offer," says Mercedes of Columbus GM Richard Joyner...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a lucky day for two people in the Columbus area who won the 2018 Heart Raffle. It's the 15th year of the event and representatives of Mercedes Benz says that this year's raffle is its biggest yet. "To date, we've raised over six-hundred thousand for the Heart Association. It's the fifteenth year we've done this and the most successful year. We sold 2,515 tickets which is all that we have to offer," says Mercedes of Columbus GM Richard Joyner...More >>
  • Family honors cold case victim 20 years after her death

    Family honors cold case victim 20 years after her death

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:43 PM EST2018-01-21 20:43:56 GMT
    (Source: Family)(Source: Family)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a murder case gone cold for 20 years. Columbus Police Department investigators said they're still working to find out who shot and killed 37-year-old Laura Mae Chaney in 1998.   Chaney's body was discovered early morning on Jan. 4 - her body, riddled with bullets outside an apartment in what was then called Peabody Apartments off Talbotton Road. The neighborhood has since been remodeled and named Ashley Station. CPD...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a murder case gone cold for 20 years. Columbus Police Department investigators said they're still working to find out who shot and killed 37-year-old Laura Mae Chaney in 1998.   Chaney's body was discovered early morning on Jan. 4 - her body, riddled with bullets outside an apartment in what was then called Peabody Apartments off Talbotton Road. The neighborhood has since been remodeled and named Ashley Station. CPD...More >>
  • UPDATE: Missing Columbus 14-year-old located

    UPDATE: Missing Columbus 14-year-old located

    Sunday, January 21 2018 11:56 PM EST2018-01-22 04:56:33 GMT

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) The Special Victims Unit of the Columbus Police Department is issuing a critical missing persons alert for a 14-year-old.  Michael Burgett was last seen in the area of the 3700 block of 18th Ave. on Sunday. Burgett was wearing a black t-shirt with white writing, blue jean shorts and red high-top tennis shoes.  Police are now asking for the public's help in tracking this missing teen down. Anyone with information on Burgett's location is asked to contact...

    More >>

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) The Special Victims Unit of the Columbus Police Department is issuing a critical missing persons alert for a 14-year-old.  Michael Burgett was last seen in the area of the 3700 block of 18th Ave. on Sunday. Burgett was wearing a black t-shirt with white writing, blue jean shorts and red high-top tennis shoes.  Police are now asking for the public's help in tracking this missing teen down. Anyone with information on Burgett's location is asked to contact...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly