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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The city of Charlottesville will join a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the heavily armed bands of white nationalists and militia groups that descended on the Virginia city for a violent summer rally from returning.

The City Council held a special meeting where they voted to join the lawsuit.

Mary McCord of Georgetown Law's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection says the lawsuit doesn't seek monetary damages. Instead, she says it seeks a court order prohibiting future "paramilitary" activity.

Separately, the Washington Post reports 11 residents injured in the August violence are suing a number of rally leaders and organizers in a lawsuit filed Thursday morning in federal court in Charlottesville.

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