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Charlottesville: Student who attended neo-Nazi rally forced to leave university after backlash

Eighteen-year-old is a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump and believes multiculturalism is a cancer

Fiona Keating
Saturday 19 August 2017 15:43 BST
Nicholas Fuentes received 15 death threats after attending the neo-Nazi Charlottesville rally
Nicholas Fuentes received 15 death threats after attending the neo-Nazi Charlottesville rally (Facebook)

A student who took part in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville has said he is leaving Boston University because of the violent threats he has received since the event.

“It’s becoming very dangerous,” Nicholas Fuentes told the Boston Globe.

Over the past week, the 18-year-old, who is originally from Illinois, said he had received 15 death threats over social media and also by email.

He blamed what he described as the socialist bias of US states for the animosity towards him.

“Massachusetts, and Boston in particular, are among the most left-wing states and cities,” he said. “Probably anywhere I would go would be safer than Boston.”

Mr Fuentes said his reason for attending the Charlottesville rally was to demonstrate against immigration, multiculturalism and post-modernism. At the protest, attended by neo-Nazis, there were chants of “Jews will not replace us.”

On the day of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, he posted on Facebook that “a tidal wave of white identity is coming.”

At the demonstration, 32-year-old civil rights activist Heather Heyer was killed when a car ploughed into a group of people protesting at the demonstration. Mr Fuentes has blamed her death on the “normalisation of violence on the left.”

In a Chicago Tribune report, the 18-year-old said he was not a racist and did not condone violence.

Boston University confirmed that Mr Fuentes was no longer a student there.

Mr Fuentes said he planned to enrol at Auburn University in Alabama.

"I really like the architecture and some of the programmes there," he said. "I think I will happy there and I will be safe. It's solidly red territory."

On a conservative Alabama talk radio, the previous US president was implicit in the violence that erupted in Charlottesville.

“I think Barack Obama is to blame. I think this country is more divided than it ever has been. I think almost all racism in world history can be tied back to liberalism, socialism, the idea everyone's supposed to have an equal outcome as opposed to equal opportunity,” said Kerrick Whisenant on 101.1 FM Yellowhammer News, cited by Vox.

On his Facebook page, Mr Fuentes proclaimed his fervent support of President Donald Trump and his belief that “multiculturalism is a cancer.”

He has also called for journalists to be kicked out of the United States or hanged for what he believes are fake news reports.

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