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White Nationalists March on University of Virginia

13 Agosto 2017

Police have reportedly detained the driver and the auto involved. "Let's come together as one!"

The white nationalist rally was declared an unlawful assembly after the group were initially granted a permit to hold the event.

"Due to the ongoing public safety concerns in downtown Charlottesville and as a result of both the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle declaring a local state of emergency, the University of Virginia is cancelling all scheduled events and programming today effective at noon", the university said.

Thousands of people, some waving Confederate flags and displaying swastikas, took part in the protest against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Police said some people in the crowd used pepper spray. There is no place for this kind of violence in America.

White nationalists have continually targeted Charlottesville, and the decision reached in May to remove the statute by city leaders was temporarily stopped by a judge - galvanizing the far right.

President Donald Trump is tweeting about the violence that has erupted amid a white supremacist march in Virginia.

"Charlottesville Police and Virginia State Police are on the scene of a three vehicle accident at Water and 4th Streets in Downtown Charlottesville", the Charlottesville Police Department said in a statement. Police in riot gear tried to quell the crowd with tear gas and the governer declared a state of emergency.

Though the president did take to Twitter before a press conference, it was first lady Melania Trump who broke the silence concerning the protests. He says he's also encouraging people to go home. "No good comes from violence", Mrs Trump said. Fighting broke out on Saturday in the city's downtown when hundreds of people, some wearing white nationalist symbols and carrying Confederate battle flags, were confronted by a almost equal number of counter-protesters.

He drew bipartisan criticism for not denouncing white nationalists and Nazis by name.

The rally prompted counter-protests that continued throughout Saturday, ultimately ending in bloodshed after a driver rammed his auto into pedestrians.

"The fact that the assembled group was carrying tiki torches, and not flaming crosses, made the whole thing more surreal, but not less chilling, as the gathering stomped around the city, shouting "White lives matter!" and 'You will not replace us!" into the night.

A university spokesman said one person was arrested and several people were injured.

White Nationalists March on University of Virginia