Photos: Thousands Gather for “Philly is Charlottesville” Rally

The march was peaceful – and no, the Rizzo statue didn't come down.

Police say more than two thousand people flooded the city’s streets on Wednesday night for the “Philly is Charlottesville” march against racism.

Interfaith organization POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild) organized the demonstration, which began at 7 p.m. near Congregation Rodeph Shalom in North Philly. Protesters marched south on Broad Street to City Hall, where they shut down surrounding streets around 8 p.m. 

Protesters, including Philly Democratic District Attorney nominee Larry Krasner and Councilwoman Helen Gym, condemned the violent white supremacist and neo-Nazi gatherings this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va., where dozens of people were injured and one young woman was killed.

The demonstration was peaceful – police said there were no arrests.

Not far from the Arch Street United Methodist Church, where protesters ended the march, fences and dozens of police officers guarded the city’s Frank Rizzo statue. 

The statue has drawn controversy since the white supremacists and neo-Nazis descended upon Charlottesville in their attempt to preserve a Confederate monument. Rizzo, a former mayor and police commissioner, is criticized for his contentious relationship with the city’s African American and gay communities, among other things.

The statue was fenced off earlier in the day – but that didn’t stop a man from throwing eggs at it. Protesters called for the removal of the statue, but no issues were reported.

Here are photos and videos from the march:

What's the point of being tolerant to intolerance? #PhillyisCharlottesville

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Thousands marched at the #phillyischarlottesville rally down broad street last night #philly

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