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Kalamazoo protesters respond to violence in Virginia

A few dozen demonstrators gathered in downtown Kalamazoo on Saturday night, in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va. (Credit: Ray Hole-WWMT)

A few dozen demonstrators gathered in downtown Kalamazoo on Saturday night, in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

One demonstrator said she was sickened by the events she saw unfold on television.

It appeared to be a peaceful gathering, starting in front of the Radisson in downtown Kalamazoo. Protesters eventually moved by the Kalamazoo Mall. Many brought signs and candles.

The organizer posted "we cannot let the disgusting actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville go unchallenged."

"We've seen a lot of hate, and a lot of people too afraid to express or act upon that hate," said Sydney Rotigeo, a protester. "We're out here to express were not okay with that hate."

The same organizers are planning an event on Sunday to stand in solidarity in Charlottesville. The event is scheduled fro 2:30 p.m. at Bronson Park.

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