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Waterbury rally set following Virginia incident

Posted August 14

— A rally is set to happen in Waterbury on Monday night in the wake of the killing of a 32-year-old protester in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend.

Alex Fields Jr., 20, is the man accused of ramming his car into a crowd of anti-racist protestors, killing Heather Heyer and hurting 19 others. He's scheduled to face a judge on Monday morning.

The incident happened at a "United the Right Rally" of white nationalists and sparked widespread marches for peace across the country, including in Connecticut.

Organizers of the rally planned at the Waterbury Public Library called what happened over the weekend "unacceptable."

The event is being put on by the Connecticut Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which condemned the incident as an act of domestic terrorism and said action must be taken.

The rally in Waterbury is set for 6:30 p.m.

Another rally took place on Sunday in New Haven, along with vigils in Bridgeport and West Hartford.

"To have this many people show up on almost no notice and to demonstrate their love for their fellow human being as opposed to their hate for their fellow human being I think is quite exceptional," said Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Some people at those events told Eyewitness News that it's only a matter of time before something like that happens in Connecticut.

"I think that it will happen in Connecticut, and that's one of the main reasons why I'm here today," said Chris Eisenbeiser, a vigil attendee.

The rallies and vigils also drew the attention of Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

"The failure to denounce these hate groups, specifically, condones them and, in effect, encourages them," Blumenthal said.

President Donald Trump condemned the violence, but blamed "many sides."

Fields faces several charges, including second-degree murder.

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