Charlottesville rally: State of emergency declared – CNN – Virginia’s governor declared an emergency, and police worked to disperse hundreds of protesters in Charlottesville after clashes broke out ahead of Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalists and other right-wing groups. Fistfights and screaming matches erupted shortly before rally’s scheduled noon ET start. The skirmishes unfolded following a scuffle Friday night between torch-bearing demonstrators and counter-protesters at the nearby University of Virginia. Saturday’s rally was the latest event drawing white nationalists and right-wing activists from across the country to this Democratic-voting college town — a development precipitated by the city’s decision to remove symbols of its Confederate past.
Charlottesville car crash causes multiple injuries in connection with “Unite the Right” rally | FOX6Now.com – CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Several pedestrians were struck Saturday in a three-vehicle crash in Charlottesville, Virginia, where police were dispersing demonstrators from a white-nationalist and right-wing rally, the Virginia State Police said on Twitter. There are “multiple injuries,” police said.
Virginia’s governor declared an emergency, and police worked to disperse hundreds of protesters in Charlottesville after clashes broke out ahead of Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalists and other right-wing groups.
Fistfights and screaming matches erupted shortly before rally’s scheduled noon ET start. The skirmishes unfolded following a scuffle Friday night between torch-bearing demonstrators and counter-protesters at the nearby University of Virginia.
Donald Trump tweeted a very different statement about Charlottesville than other officials – Vox —
But Trump isn’t speaking the same language. In his first tweet on Charlottesville, he offered a vague denunciation.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
In his second tweet, he called the events “sad!”.
Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
It’s an odd combination of reactions given the events that unfolded. Protesters first descended on the city late Friday night, carrying torches in an attempt to protest the removal of a statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee from the UVA campus. The rally quickly descended into violence and was dispersed by police.
By noon Saturday, the group of alt-right white nationalists grew to include tangles of neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan. A militia arrived heavily armed.
Charlottesville Unite the Right rally: what’s happened so far – Vox – A planned Unite the Right white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, drew nationwide attention as neo-Nazis with torches marched on the University of Virginia campus Friday night and officials called for a state of emergency amid protests Saturday morning.
Many Unite the Right protesters wore white nationalist and Nazi paraphernalia, a militia arrived armed with heavy weaponry and some individuals wore Ku Klux Klan imagery. Former KKK leader David Duke attended.
Counter-protesters were out in force, too, chanting progressive slogans and singing civil rights-era songs.
Police called the protest an unlawful gathering and attempted to disburse the white nationalists and counter protesters from a central location. Both sides began to march throughout Charlottesville, despite skirmishes and the use of tear gas.
Unite the Right torch rally ends in violence in Virginia | News | oanow.com – After the march, which began at UVa’s Nameless Field, reached the Rotunda and police later declared an unlawful assembly. Protesters and opponents alike reported being affected by pepper spray.
At the feet of a statue of Thomas Jefferson, fights began breaking out and some wielding tiki torches swung them at people. At least one person was arrested, and several people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The ralliers shouted many of the same chants at the May event, such as “blood and soil,” but this time, they declared that Charlottesville was their city now.
Saturday’s Unite the Right rally — a gathering of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, members of the “alt-right” and other far right political groups — will be met by about 1,000 first responders, including law enforcement, according to city police Chief Al Thomas. The Virginia National Guard will be on standby, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said.
City police estimated earlier as many as 2,000 to 6,000 people to be in attendance this weekend. Despite city efforts to move the rally to McIntire Park, the event still will be centered at Emancipation Park following a federal judge’s ruling.
VIDEO: White nationalists march through UVA with torches – NY Daily News – Police arrived on campus, declared it an unlawful assembly, and ordered the crowds to disperse. At least one person was arrested.
The event was a precursor to the Unite the Right rally scheduled for Saturday, when a number of far-right groups are expected to make a show of force in response to the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park.
Sharing a photo of the torch-bearing march on Friday, Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler wrote on Twitter, “Incredible moment for white people who’ve had it up to here & aren’t going to take it anymore. Tomorrow we #UnitetheRight #Charlottesville.”
Charlottesville Rally Organizer Jason Kessler: Driver Wrong | Time.com – (CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The organizer of a rally that drew hundreds of white nationalists and other extremists to Charlottesville says he disavows the violence that eroded it.
Jason Kessler said in an interview Saturday evening that whoever drove a car into a group of counter-protesters “did the wrong thing.” He said he was saddened that people were hurt.
Kessler is a local blogger and activist who described the event as a pro-white rally. He planned it to protest the city’s decision to remove a Confederate monument.