Fights in advance of Saturday protest in Charlottesville

Fights in advance of Saturday protest in Charlottesville

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler planned what he called a "pro-white" rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park.

"You will not replace us!" and "Jews will not replace us!" as they carried torches marched in a parade through the University of Virginia campus. The city previously said it would only grant a permit for the rally if it was held in McIntire Park.

Lynn Mitchell is the Executive Editor of Bearing Drift.

Some protesters who came for the "Unite the Right" rally were armed and dressed in military-like clothing, while others wore shirts with Nazi symbols and quotes from Adolf Hitler.

One protester was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct, while several injuries were reported, UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan said in a statement on Saturday.

Approximately 500 protesters were on-site, with more than double the amount of counterprotesters, according to reporter Sandy Hausman of member station WVTF and Radio IQ.

Hundreds of United States white nationalists have rallied at the University of Virginia، protesting against plans to remove of a statue of a confederate general، according to "BBC".

According to NBC affiliate WVIR, the marchers clashed with counter-protesters when they arrived at a statue of Thomas Jefferson, the U.S.'s third president and the university's founder.


The National Guard has been put on alert because of the risk of violence during Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally.

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

Donald Trump, addressing the situation from his private golf club in New Jersey, declined to condemn white nationalism and instead said the blame for the violence lies with "many sides".

Ku Klux Klan supporters staged a march in Virginia last month, but were easily outnumbered by counter-protesters.

Kessler then sued the city and got representation from the ACLU of Virginia and the Rutherford Institute, which say the city's decision raises numerous First Amendment concerns.

Virignia governor Terry McAuliffe said he finds the rally "abhorrent".

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed President Donald Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign a year ago. "As long as that expression is peaceful, that is their right". The NHL's Detroit Red Wings released a statement denouncing the use of their logo at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and saying they are considering legal action to stop it. Kessler originally planned to hold the rally at Emancipation Park but the city announced earlier this week that it should be held at a larger venue because of safety reasons.

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