Growing tensions over Confederate statues and the uproar in Charlottesville caused Manassas, Virginia, to cancel their annual Civil War reenactment, WTTG-TV reported.
“Recent events have ignited passions in this country surrounding the Civil War and the symbols representing it,” the city said in a statement. “The City of Manassas is saddened by these events and abhors the violence happening around the country. The City does not wish to further exacerbate the situation.”
The reenactment was scheduled for Aug. 25 until Aug. 27 but was canceled to protect the safety of residents, visitors and reenactors. Typically, the event draws anywhere between 100 to 150 people.
The city’s decision comes after 32-year-old Heather Heyer was mauled to death during a counter protest in Charlottesville last weekend. White supremacy groups were protesting the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee and Heyer disagreed with them.
(H/T Fox News)