Sunday 25 February 2018

White supremacist cries on camera as he describes 'terror' over arrest warrant

Jon Sharman

A white supremacist who helped organise the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has appeared on camera crying as he describes his fear of arrest.

Chris Cantwell, who previously claimed he and others would "f***ing kill" anti-fascist demonstrators for interfering with their right to express their views, sobs uncontrollably in the clip.

He claims to be the subject of an arrest warrant, and says he is "terrified" of the prospect of being detained.

The blogger was featured in a Vice News documentary filmed before, during and after the rally in Virginia turned violent. In the film, after being pepper sprayed, he rants that "we're not non-violent. We'll f***ing kill these people if we have to."

He is seen showing off a number of guns he brought to the city.

He has previously claimed that "white men are the de facto rulers of the Earth".

(Steve Helber/AP)
(Steve Helber/AP)
Charlottesville resident Mailynn Shurtleff lights a candle during a candlelight vigil on the campus of the University of Virginia (Andrew Shurtleff /The Daily Progress via AP)
Rescue workers assist people who were injured when a car drove through a group of counter protestors at the "Unite the Right" rally Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

But his bullish tone changed as he described tearfully how "I've been engaged in violence, I have, there's no question about it, and I've done nothing to hide that. But it was done in defence of myself and others".

Addressing his comments to the police, he says: "I'm armed, I do not want violence with you, alright, I'm terrified, I'm afraid you're going to kill me, I really am.

White nationalists in Charlottesville (Steve Helber/AP)
White nationalists in Charlottesville (Steve Helber/AP)

"So lets just do this however we need to do it. If I've got to go to jail today, it won't be the f***ing first time."

The video was posted to YouTube by a different user.

Mr Cantwell has been banned from a string of social media sites.

The local paper in his home town of Keene, New Hampshire, said police there were not aware of an arrest warrant for Mr Cantwell.

An injured woman is helped after a car ran into protesters after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Photo: AP
An injured woman is helped after a car ran into protesters after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Photo: AP
White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" take refuge in an alleyway after being hit with pepper spray after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
A photograph of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer is seen amongst flowers left at the scene of the car attack on a group of counter-protesters that took her life during the "Unite the Right" rally as people continue to react to the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 14, 2017. REUTERS/Justin Ide

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