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On Monday:

In response to the violent arrests of Hunter Singleton and Eric Scott on the evening of November 9th during a march in Richmond, Occupy Charlottesville will be holding a solidarity demonstration along the Downtown Mall on Monday November 14th around 7:30 pm after the General Assembly in Lee Park on Market street.

Eric and Hunter are facing felony charges for wearing masks during the march, something that most everyone in the march was doing as a protective measure against tear gas and police surveillance. This move shows that the police singled them out for being openly involved in activism and anarchist organizing.

We march in Charlottesville to show that solidarity with those imprisoned is possible doesn’t matter where we live and to strengthen the regional movement to occupy public spaces and all spaces. We march also to stand by the age old conviction that “An injury to one is an injury to all” among those who resist systemic oppression and injustice. To Richmond mayor Dwight Jones and Police Chief Bryan Norwood we want to show that even outside Richmond, people are watching and have each other’s backs. To the Charlottesville government and police department we also say that we have comrades all along the region that will support each other and organize to keep our city’s occupation going for the long haul.

Folks from Richmond who want to carpool to Charlottesville should call 804 300 0023 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com We will probably leave from the Wingnut around 5pm. Contributions for the cost of fuel would be appreciated

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Despite the Richmond Police Departments’ claim that mace pellets were NOT fired at protesters in the crowd, a member of Richmond Copwatch was directly shot at by one of the riot police.

Nearing the end of the riot, police fired 9 tear gas cannisters over the heads of the protesters into the intersection of Grace and Laurel Streets, clearing out students, rioters, and VCU police alike. The cloud of tear gas blew East down Grace Street, effectively poisoning the air well past Belvidere.

If you have any more video footage of the police breaking protocol, abusing the rights of Richmond residents or VCU students, or have any stories you would like Richmond Copwatch and the Wingnut to post online, please let us know. The more testimonials surface regarding police misconduct, especially relatingto the VCU riot, the closer the people of Richmond will be to holding the police Department accountable for their actions.

One of the main reasons so many people endd up crowded at close quarters was because of the police blocking off many streets in the area- essentially forcing people into a few streets. Even hours later the police had streets blocked off.