The mayor of Charlottesville has blamed Trump's election for emboldening white nationalist and far-right protesters after violence broke out in the town on Saturdayby Stephanie Boland / August 12, 2017 / Leave a comment
A state of emergency has been declared in the town of Charlottesville, Virginia after violence erupted at a “Unite the Right” rally. Clashes broke out between right-wing groups and antifascist counter-protestors ahead of the scheduled meeting.
The Associated Press now reports that a car has been driven into a group of counter-protestors, with those at the scene saying the act was deliberate. [Warning: distressing video.]
It has now been cancelled after violence broke out on Saturday afternoon.
According to the New York Times, Friday night saw “hundreds of white nationalists” gathered in Charlottesville:
Waving Confederate flags, chanting Nazi-era slogans, wearing helmets and carrying shields, they converged on a statue of Robert E. Lee in the city’s Emancipation Park and began chanting phrases like “You will not replace us,” and “Jew will not replace us.”
One widely-circulated photograph attributed to Friday night’s march appears to show several participants performing Nazi salutes.
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