White Supremacists Rally Leads To State Of Emergency In Charlottesville
On Friday night, Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists grabbed their tiki torches and marched through the campus of the University of Virginia is protest of the removal of a confederate statue.
A state of emergency was declared by the governor of Virginia on Saturday (August 12) after a white nationalists rally turned violent in the streets of Charlottesville.
Via The NY Times:
Protesters clashed in the historic college town, home to the University of Virginia, as white nationalists — some waving Confederate flags, chanting Nazi-era slogans, wearing helmets and carrying shields — converged on the statue of Robert E. Lee in the city’s Emancipation Park and the surrounding streets. The protest was the apparent culmination of more than a year of debate and division over the fate of the statue.
Saturday’s rally was supposed to start at noon, but the scene at the park had grown chaotic by late morning, with white nationalists and neo-Nazis facing off with Black Lives Matter demonstrators and other counterprotesters. Inside the park, which was encircled with metal barricades and the police, hundreds of white nationalists gathered around the Lee statue, chanting phrases like “You will not replace us,” and “Jew will not replace us.”
Outside the park, a huge mass of counterprotesters grew, shouting phrases like “Nazi scum.” By 11:35 a.m., the police had retreated, the barricades had come down and fights had broken out. People were seen clubbing one another in the streets. Pepper spray filled the air as the police attempted to contain the situation.
By 11 a.m., when the city declared the state of emergency, several people had been injured, including a University of Virginia police officer. It was unclear if the injuries were serious. The governor, Terry McAuliffe, followed with his own declaration an hour later.
“The acts and rhetoric in #Charlottesville over past 24 hours are unacceptable and must stop,” Governor McAuliffe said on Twitter. “A right to speech is not a right to violence.”
See video of the chaos below.