The organizers of a neo-nazi march that took place four years ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, were ordered to pay 22 million euros in damages to anti-fascist protesters wounded after contempt.
The decision of the jury was directed against 12 people and five organizations that planned the march Unite the Right (Unir a Direita, in Portuguese), reports the agency EFE.
The march resulted in more than 50 injuries and a 32-year-old woman died after being run over by a car driven by a neo-Nazi.
Among those convicted are some of the best-known white supremacists in the United States, including Jason Kessler, the march’s chief promoter, and Christopher Cantwell.
This case was opened after a lawsuit brought by four men and five women who were injured during the escalation of violence resulting from the march.
Three of the plaintiffs suffered concussions, one had a fractured skull, and most claim to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder that causes insomnia, inability to concentrate and panic attacks.
Despite the 25 million dollar payment sentence [cerca de 22 milhões de euros], the decision did not fully meet the claims of the prosecution.
The jury could not agree on two of the charges, which argued that the march organizers had conspired to commit acts of violence with racist motives.
On August 11 and 12, 2017, a group of neo-Nazis marched through the streets of Charlottesville chanting xenophobic phrases in protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a slave general in that city during the US Civil War.
Antifascist protesters responded to this protest, wanting to disperse the march, and it was in this context that James Alex Fields, at the wheel of his car, advanced on the crowd of counter-demonstrators, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 20 activists.
During the incidents, two police officers died in a helicopter crash as they moved to contain the protests.