Virginia governor declares state of emergency amid alt-right rally

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A white supremacists stands behind militia members after he scuffled with a counter demonstrator in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017. Virginia governor declares state of emergency amid alt-right rally Virginia governor declares state of emergency amid alt-right rally rts1bi73
A
white supremacist stands behind militia members in
Charlottesville, VA.

REUTERS/Joshua
Roberts


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,
Virginia.

Thousands of white nationalist protesters, as well as groups that
oppose them, have clashed during demonstrations that are
currently ongoing.

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
groups.

Below, members of the white nationalists clash with a group
of counter-protesters.


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Roberts

A member of white nationalists is seen with
injuries following a clash with counter protesters.


A member of white nationalists is seen with injuries during a clash with a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017. Virginia governor declares state of emergency amid alt-right rally Virginia governor declares state of emergency amid alt-right rally rts1bif8REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Charlottesville police worked to reign in the chaos developing in
the streets. Members of white nationalists clash a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017. Virginia governor declares state of emergency amid alt-right rally Virginia governor declares state of emergency amid alt-right rally rts1bicnREUTERS/Joshua Roberts

On Twitter, images and videos depict the violence, and police
confronting protesters and deploying tear gas. 

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.

Last night,
hundreds of white nationalists clashed with
counter-protesters
on the University of Virginia’s
Charlottesville campus.

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
a “cowardly
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
Charlottesville.

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.



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