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Lawsuit aims to prohibit white nationalist groups from returning to Charlottesville

Lawsuit aims to prohibit white nationalist groups from returning to Charlottesville

Charlottesville officials are asking a Virginia court to prohibit white nationalist groups and organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally from mobilizing in the city again, in the hopes of preventing future violent clashes like those that occurred Aug. 12.

The lawsuit accused white nationalist organizations, private paramilitary groups and organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally of violating Virginia state laws by conducting "unlawful paramilitary activity that transformed the city into a virtual combat zone."

The 79-page complaint alleged the private paramilitary and white nationalist groups violated several provisions of Virginia law, including a clause in the Virginia Constitution stating "in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power."

The white nationalist groups and private paramilitary organizations "wielded their weapons on August 12 not ‘as individuals' exercising their Second Amendment rights to self-defense, but ‘as members of a fighting force,'" the complaint stated.

The lawsuit names as defendants nearly two dozen private paramilitary organizations, white nationalist groups, and organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally, including Jason Kessler and Eli Mosley.

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