World United States: several members of the far right in trial four years after the violence of Charlottesville

22:50  25 october  2021
22:50  25 october  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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A Charlottesville, en Virginie, le 12 août 2017. © Lohr-Jones Albin in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017.

The Gotha of the far right Made in US at the helm. The American justice opened on Monday the trial of the organizers of a far-right demonstration which, in 2017 in Charlottesville, had fired at the drama making a death and several wounded. Residents of this city of Virginia, victims of clashes, claim compensation to several figures and groups of the ultradroite, which they accuse of having "planned, encouraged and organized violence" .

In the summer of 2017, hundreds of white nationalists had demonstrated, under the banner of the Unite The Right movement, to protest against the decision of the town hall to displeasing a statue of General Robert Lee who led the southern states slavery. American Civil War. The rally had started on 11 August in the evening by a march of neonazis and Ku Klux Klan members scrolling in the light of their torches.

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The next day, clashes had erupted between these supporters of white supremacy and anti-cell protesters. A neonazi sympathizer, James Fields, then drove into a crowd of counterifers , killing a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, and wounded - he was sentenced to perpetuity. The Republican President Donald Trump had denounced violence "on both sides" , which had earned him to be accused of complacency towards the far right. What to convince Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of Merck, to resign from his position as a billionaire economic advisor.

The civil procedure, launched by 2017 by four people injured by the car of Fields and others who still suffer "of a deep and disabled stress" , has advanced more slowly, in particular because of the lack of cooperation of the accused. Their complaint targets a dozen neonazis groupuscules, including two local branches of Ku Klux Klan, the owner of a Neonazi site (Moonbase Holding) and about fifteen figures of this movement, including Jason Kessler, who had filed the request to demonstrate the August 12, 2017, and Richard Spencer, who had organized walking the day before.

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"The violence of Charlottesville were not accidental" , highlight the victims in their complaint: "It was the result of a plan [...] prepared for months and whose implementation was actively supervised" by the accused. The latter came with symbols evoking holocaust or slavery, but also have "brought semi-automatic weapons, pistols, clubs, shields and torches" , add the plaintiffs. So many accusations contraditted by the accused who are trying to shelter behind freedom of expression.

To decide, the federal justice started on Monday the selection of jurors. The trial should last several weeks. In the 80-90s, civilian complaints deposited by anti-racket activists allowed to kneel to kneel several extremist organizations. They had been forced to assign their property to pay the compensation fixed by justice.

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