Christopher Cantwell, Keene-based White Nationalist, Denied Bail in Virginia

Aug 24, 2017

A white nationalist from Keene who has been in the headlines since the clashes in Charlottesville will remain in police custody in Virginia. 

Christopher Cantwell turned himself late Wednesday and was denied bond by a judge Thursday morning. He’s being held on three felony charges: two counts of illegal use of tear gas or other gases and one count of malicious bodily injury with a “caustic substance,” explosive or fire.

Cantwell was featured in a documentary of the Charlottesville protests that went viral online. That drove him to national prominence. It was also the first many Keene residents had heard of him, despite the fact that he’s lived in the city for about five years. He originally moved to New Hampshire inspired by the Libertarian Free State Project, but was later banned from that group.

Cantwell's next court hearing in Virginia is set for Oct. 12. In the meantime, hundreds are expected to attend a candlelight vigil in Keene this Sunday in response to events in Charlottesville.