N.C.-based KKK group plans rally in Charlottesville in July

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVEC) -- One North Carolina-based KKK group has applied to hold a rally on the steps of the Charlottesville Circuit Court in July.

That's according to city spokeswoman Miriam Dickler, who says the Loyal White Knights, based in Pelham, North Carolina, applied for a permit with the city to conduct the event.

This follows the Charlottesville City Council's recent vote on new names for two of the city's parks that were formerly named after Confederate generals.

According to Dickler, the group applied to hold the rally on July 8 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

100 people are estimated to attend the event.

Protesters stormed Lee Park, that was recently renamed Emancipation Park, back in May to protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue.

READ MORETorch-wielding group protests Confederate statue removal in Va.

According to local news outlets, the group rallied around the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, chanting "You will not replace us."

Among those there was Richard Spencer, who popularized the phrase "alt-right." Spencer spoke at an earlier Charlottesville rally and tweeted a picture of himself holding a torch at the night protest.

The Traditionalist Workers Party is also planning a protest in Charlottesville set to happen on August 12.

According to a Facebook post, the rally was planned to stand for "freedom of speech, our monuments and our future."

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