Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of
emergency as demonstrations in Charlottesville erupted into
violence Saturday morning.
The demonstrations precede a “Unite the Right” rally called by
white nationalists in response to a plan to remove a statue of
Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville,
Thousands of white nationalist protesters, as well as groups that
oppose them, have clashed during demonstrations that are
Two people have been treated for serious but not life-threatening
injuries, according to Charlottesville officials.
Images of the protest have appeared on online and show
the intensity of the confrontation between the opposing
Below, members of the white nationalists clash with a group
A member of white nationalists is seen with
injuries following a clash with counter protesters.
Charlottesville police worked to reign in the chaos developing in
the streets. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
On Twitter, images and videos depict the violence, and police
confronting protesters and deploying tear gas.
Two of my producers just got sprayed with urine. Lovely. Hard to keep your cool.
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) August 12, 2017
Former KKK leader David Duke was in Charlottesville and called
the rally a “turning point,” saying that protesters would fulfill
the promises of President Donald Trump.
hundreds of white nationalists clashed with
counter-protesters on the University of Virginia’s
At one point, marchers gathered around a statue of Thomas
Jefferson and a brawl between the two groups broke out.
Protesters have already drawn rebuke from leaders in the
community. In a Facebook post, Mike Signer, the mayor of
Charlottesville, called the demonstrations by white nationalists
parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance.”
The president of UVA, Teresa A. Sullivan, also condemned the
“unprovoked assault on members of our community.”
President Trump has yet to comment on the events in
The demonstrations on Friday and Saturday come just a month after
23 people were arrested and police deployed tear gas after a Ku
Klux Klan rally in the city.