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Protest vigil in El Cajon in wake of Virginia violence

About 70 people held a candlelight vigil in El Cajon Saturday night to show solidarity against the violence at a Virginia white supremacy rally that left one counter-protester dead and many others injured earlier in the day.

One speaker called images from Charlottesville, Va. “horrifying” as video footage showed a motorist plowing into a crowd, hitting several people, then backing rapidly away. Police later made an arrest. A 32-year-old woman died after being run down by the car.

“We’ve seen this before, in the 20s in Italy and in the 30s in Germany,” Monty Kroopkin said at the El Cajon gathering, calling extremists in Charlottesville fascists and neo-Nazis. He said he hoped the nighttime vigil would show that “There’s more of us than there are of them.”

The peaceful crowd gathered behind Los Panchos taco shop on Broadway at Mollison Street, the site where Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot by an El Cajon police…


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