‘Anti-fascist’ women turned away from Charlottesville memorial service
Four women brought pink baseball bats and purple shields to Wednesday’s memorial for slain anti-racist protester Heather Heyer — until cops told them they were “scaring people.”
The women lined up outside the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Va., more than an hour before the scheduled 11 a.m. start of Heyer’s memorial service, standing with their hands clasped behind them and their homemade weaponry arrayed on the ground.
“We are anti-fascist. We are here to protect the people. The cops won’t protect people,” said one woman who identified herself as the group’s leader.
Cops later took the woman aside, with one saying: “You are scaring people. We want a peaceful memorial service. Would you please leave the bats and shields in the car?”