White Supremacists March At University Of Virginia

13 August, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Irene Delgado
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The crowd of protesters and counter protesters was expected to swell up to 6,000 according to CNN.

Video of the incident shows a gray Dodge Challenger driving quickly down a narrow side street lined with walking protesters.

Footage from another angle showed the vehicle speeding in reverse in an attempt to flee the scene.

Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said counter-protesters were marching when "suddenly there was just this tyre screeching sound".

White nationalists had assembled in Charlottesville to vent their frustration against the city's plans to take down a statue of Confederal Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Trump, while on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, tweeted: "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for".

The demonstration, which took place ahead of the alt-right Unite The Right event in the city's Emancipation Park on Saturday, led to violent exchanges with counter-protesters on the university grounds.

The fighting prompted Charlottesville city manager Maurice Jones and interim county executive Doug Walker to simultaneously declare local states of emergency for the two jurisdictions.

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said the driver, a man, has been arrested.

"Our First Amendment rights were violated today", Kessler said by phone.

While Gastañaga said the ACLU disagrees with Kessler's speech, she criticized city officials for attempting to revoke the permit without due process.

Dubbed the "Unite the Right Rally", the gathering could mark one of the most significant demonstrations of its kind in decades, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist groups.

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Thousands were expected to descend on Charlottesville either to demonstrate in or rail against a "Unite the Right Rally", hours after hundreds of torch-bearing marchers demonstrated at the normally tranquil city's university campus.

The mayor has condemned the march as a "parade of hatred".

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Demonstrators are still staging rallies around the city, and reports say a auto crashed into a group of protesters.

Officials had approved the protest march in downtown Charlottesville but canceled the event and declared a state of emergency after outbreaks of violence. He blamed "mostly out-of-state protesters" for the violence and clashes.

Response teams from Richmond will be in Charlottesville this weekend, and the Virginia National Guard is on standby.

The violence didn't die down even after police attempted to clear the area.

An Associated Press reporter saw at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment.

"It has no place in America", he added.

Following the clashes, police and security forces were deployed in riot gears. The city sought to block the rally at the park now called Emancipation Park.

"You will not erase us", chanted a crowd of white nationalists, while counter-protesters carried placards that read: "Nazi go home" and "Smash white supremacy".

They also tweeted that some crowd members were using pepper spray.

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