Charlottesville protest organiser Jason Kessler tries to justify murder: 'Protesters attacked the car first'

Jason Kessler is seen during his aborted press conference

Jason Kessler is seen during his aborted press conference

Monday, August 14, 2017

The man who led the far-right protest in Charlottesville over the weekend has published a tweet which appears to justify the murder of a rival demonstrator.

Jason Kessler retweeted a comment claiming the car used to kill 32-year-old Heather Hayer was attacked before it ploughed into a group of rival demonstrators on Saturday (August 12).

The tweet, which is accompanied by a video from the scene, reads "Protesters Attacked Charlottesville Driver’s Car With an object BEFORE he hit the hostile armed mob."

Kessler, who organised the 'Unite the Right' rally and has spearheaded several similar events in the past, also retweeted a fellow demonstrator who said "we were left to fend for ourselves" by the authorities.

The 34-year-old himself tweeted that the rally was "peaceful" until police "pushed the feuding groups together."

The demonstration was held to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Civil War general Robert E Lee and was attended by hundreds of people, affiliated to both Kessler's 'America First' organisation and their opponents.

Kessler himself was chased away by protesters as he tried to give a press conference yesterday, the day after Hayer's murder. A 20-year-old man from Ohio is facing murder charges over the attack.