White nationalist rally in Virginia sparks violent clashes, emergency declaration

Marsha Scott
August 13, 2017

Skirmishes broke out near the Rotunda between the white nationalists and counter-protesters, including some students.

Citing a hospital source, the Associated Press reported 19 people were being treated for injuries.

His response came after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville.

Police arrived on campus, declared it an unlawful assembly, and ordered the crowds to disperse.

Richard Spencer, who attended the "Unite the Right" march, also argued on Twitter that white supremacists were not at fault.

Last month the Ku Klux Klan held a rally against the removal of the statue, dressed in cloaks and pointy hats.

Participants of the event are also dealing with the city of Charlottesville. President Donald Trump tweeted "There is no place for this kind of violence in America".

City and UVA officials condemned Friday's march.

Since Thursday, the Unite the Right rally has been involved in a legal battle regarding the place of this protest.

Kessler said the city's decision to move his rally was due to content-based discrimination, stating officials chose to revoke his permit because they do not like his message. However, the alt-right blogger objected to the decision in a federal court saying it was a violation of free speech.

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"There is no doubt that Mr. Kessler has a First Amendment right to hold a demonstration and to express his views", the city manager wrote in a statement on August 7.

Disturbances began Friday night during a march through the University of Virginia before escalating Saturday.

I have seen tonight the images of torches on the Grounds of the University of Virginia.

"Law enforcement continues to investigate the incident, and it is my hope that any individuals responsible for criminal acts are held accountable", she said in a statement.

"The violence displayed on the grounds is intolerable and is entirely inconsistent with the university's values", the statement added.

"As the former mayor of this attractive, inclusive and progressive community, I am saddened that our city may draw thousands who would come here to sow division and hate", House Democratic Leader David Toscano said.

A police cruiser shown amid protests and counter-demonstrators descended on the small city of Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday. The company canceled the accounts of people that it confirmed had used its platform to book lodging for the event. He says he wants rally attendees to leave town peacefully.

Tensions in the city intensified when the vehicle ploughed into a crowd of people gathered in a street two blocks from the park that houses the statue of Robert E. Lee, who headed the Confederate army in the American Civil War.

Celebrating the Confederate cause is a highly inflammatory issue in the U.S. because the Confederate states supported slavery.

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