Tiki brand denounces use of torches by white supremacists

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A brand of Tiki torches is denouncing the use of its products by white supremacists this past weekend in Charlottesville.

White supremacists marched through Charlottesville, Va., Friday night holding Tiki torches ahead of a planned rally in the city the next day.

TIKI said in a Facebook post Saturday that they are not associated in any way with the events that took place in Charlottesville and are “deeply saddened and disappointed” to be included.

{mosads}“We do not support their message or the use of our products in this way. Our products are designed to enhance backyard gatherings and to help family and friends connect with each other at home in their yard,” the post read.

A group of white supremacist protesters shouting “white lives matter” and “you will not replace us” had marched onto the University of Virginia campus with the torches Friday ahead of a planned “Unite the Right” rally to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.

On Saturday, protesters clashed with counterprotesters at the rally, and one counterprotester died and at least 19 others were injured when a car was driven into a crowd. The alleged driver of the car, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr., was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, among other charges.

Two Virginia State Police officers were also killed in a helicopter crash that officials linked to the rally.

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