Tampa vigil against hate today in front of Confederate Memorial in downtown Tampa

TAMPA - A Tampa vigil against hate is set for 7:30 p.m. today in the aftermath of deadly racial clashes in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday.

The vigil in front of the old Hillsborough County Courthouse at 419 Pierce St. in downtown Tampa will be held in solidarity with Charlottesville, organizer Kofi Hunt said in a statement.

A controversial Confederate Memorial also occupies the old courthouse grounds. The Hillsborough County Commission has approved relocating the monument to a cemetery in Brandon.

Three deaths were reported in the small Virginia college town Saturday after a rally led by white nationalists and other right-wing groups turned violent. The protesters and counter-protesters clashed, throwing punches, kicks and other flying objects in a city park.

A 20-year-old man was arrested Saturday in Charlottesville after he drove a speeding car into a group of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring 19 others. 

Two Virginia law enforcement officers who had been monitoring the Charlottesville protesters from a helicopter died when the chopper crashed in a wooded area. 

The Tampa vigil Sunday evening is being organized by Tampa Democratic Socialists of America.




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