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Protest planned for Toronto over violence at Charlottesville white supremacist rally

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Aug 14th, 2017

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A vigil was held outside the U.S. consulate in Toronto on Aug. 13, 2017, to remember the victims of Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Va. CITYNEWS/Nitish Bissonauth
A rally is planned in Toronto on Monday to protest the weekend violence in Virginia that saw one woman killed and nearly 20 others injured.

Demonstrators are expected to gather outside the American consulate to express their opposition to white supremacists.

“We are gathering peacefully in front of the U.S. consulate on Monday morning to oppose violent right-wing bigotry in the US and support victims and survivors of the recent violence in Charlottesville,” the Facebook post reads.

The rally is expected to start at 8 a.m.

On Saturday, a car plowed through a group of people who were protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

The driver, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. from Ohio, faces charges that include second-degree murder. A high school teacher said Fields was fascinated with Nazism, idolized Adolf Hitler and had been singled out by school officials in the 9th grade for his “deeply held, radical” convictions on race.

A vigil was held in Toronto on Sunday night to remember the victims of Saturday’s violence.

A rally was also held in Montreal according to social media and local media reports.

Vigils and protests also took place across the U.S. The gatherings Sunday spanned from anti-fascist protests in San Francisco to a march to President Donald Trump’s home in New York.

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