Berkeley hot dog chain fires worker said to attend violent rally
Published on August 13, 2017 at 03:24PM by By Nanette Asimov and Evan Sernoffsky
A Berkeley hot-dog chain fired an employee this weekend in response to a Twitter campaign seeking to identify white nationalist participants in Saturday’s deadly fighting in Charlottesville, Va. A sign posted on the doors of the restaurant’s three locations in Berkeley and Oakland offered more insight: Effective Sat. 12th August, Cole White no longer works at Top Dog. The Charlottesville rallies began Friday night in opposition to the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. On Saturday, the rallies escalated into bloody clashes with counterprotesters and the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was hit by a car that drove headlong into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters. The driver, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, has been charged with second-degree murder. Others said they’d seen him attending the arraignment this spring of Nathan Damigo, a white nationalist captured on video punching a counterprotester at a demonstration in Berkeley on April 15.