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Houston vigil set today to support Charlottesville victims

A Houston solidarity vigil in support of Charlottesville victims is slated for 7 p.m. Sunday outside City Hall. 

“We are shocked, saddened, and deeply troubled at the murder of one of the protesters and the injury of many others. We reject this violence, and the violent white supremacist ideology that fuels it,” event organizers wrote online.

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“We in Houston express our solidarity with the brave people who stood against fascists in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.”

The vigil is co-sponsored by several groups, including FIEL, Pantsuit Republic and Indivisible Houston.

The gathering comes a day after a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters opposing a white nationalist rally near the University of Virginia. One woman was killed, and a Bellaire High School graduate was among the at least 19 injured. 

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Left-leaning Houston protesters denounced the violence at an unrelated event opposing SB4  Saturday.

“These things today are growing in significance and take on additional weight because of the threat from the far right, something that you see with open Nazis in the streets in Charlottesville, Virginia today,” David Michael Smith of the Houston Socialist Movement said at the pro-immigration rally.

Over the weekend, Black Lives Matter Houston threw its weight behind gatherings opposing white nationalism.

“We support the efforts of those who are gathering to denounce the white supremacist that are terrorizing the citizens of #Charlottesville,” the group wrote on Facebook. “We stand firmly on the truth that BLACK LIVES MATTER. We are Black Lives.”

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