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Hundreds rally in Louisville in response to violence in Charlottesville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Hundreds gathered on Sunday for two different rallies both aimed at responding to events over the weekend in Charlottesville.

The first rally was organized by Louisville Metro Council and was well attended by both local and state leaders.

“This was an act of hate and it was an act of terrorism," said Metro Council President David Yates, a Democrat. "It was an attack on tolerance and decency.”

Around 200 people showed up for the 'Moment of Unity' rally at Jefferson Square Park.

“We're not here just to challenge those that are clearly off their rocker,” longtime state senator and Democrat Gerald Neal said. “We're here to challenge those beyond us to do the heavy lifting of social justice."

The rally called for unity, and for those who have stayed silent in the past to speak up and challenge racism when they see or hear it.

“To those who chose to bear torches and chant hate, hear me loud and clear,” Councilwoman Angela Leet, a Republican, said. “All the way from Louisville to Charlottesville, we are not with you.”

An hour after the first rally started, another began at the Braden Center in West Louisville, organized by Black Lives Matter.

“We going to unify black, white, brown, Jews, Christians,” said one speaker. “We are going to unite everybody. Everybody is going to come together.”

After around an hour and half, the rally turned into a march and the group of hundreds poured out onto Broadway and marched toward downtown Louisville chanting “Black Lives Matter.”

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