White nationalists, counter-protesters clash in Charlottesville, Va.

Saul Bowman
August 13, 2017

"I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here", Charlottesville Mayor Mike Singer said on his Twitter feed.

The Rutherford Institute and ACLU said the move violates Kessler's First Amendment rights.

Thousands of people are expected at the Unite the Right rally being held at Emancipation Park, formerly known as Lee Park.

UVA canceled all scheduled events planned for Saturday citing "ongoing public safety concerns", but announced that the college's medical center would remain open.

"Unite the Right was expected to draw a broad spectrum of far-right extremist groups - from immigration foes to anti-Semitic bigots, neo-Confederates, Proud Boys, Patriot and militia types, outlaw bikers, swastika-wearing neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Ku Klux Klan members - all of whom seem emboldened by the Trump presidency", according to the US nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The Post also reported that several skirmishes broke out when the marchers were met by a small group of counterprotesters at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson, the university's founder.

Police intervened after some of the demonstrators were sprayed with tear gas.

Other footage shows people clashing in the town, with violence breaking out among protesters and counter-demonstrators.

On Friday the state's governor Terry McAuliffe in a statement called on Virginians to stay clear of the rallies, but by Saturday morning hundreds from both sides had already begun to skirmish. "At my direction, personnel from the Virginia National Guard are also standing by to respond if needed".

A judge has agreed to a temporary injunction which blocks the city from removing the statue for six months.

White nationalists, counter-protesters clash in Charlottesville, Va.

"It has no place in America", he added.

House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted the views expressed in the city were "repugnant" and "vile bigotry".

"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 wants to move his rally to a larger park farther from downtown.

"Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts", the first lady tweeted Saturday afternoon.

Since Thursday, organizers of the rally has been involved in a legal battle regarding the place of this protest.

Debate over the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville began when an African-American high school student started a petition more than a year ago to have it removed.

The so-called alt-right is a white nationalist movement that is an offshoot of conservatism that mixes mixing racist and populist elements.

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan on Saturday condemned that demonstration, saying in a statement that "the intimidating and abhorrent behavior displayed by the alt-right protesters was wrong".

The crash occurred as hundreds flooded Charlottesville either to take part in or voice condemnation for a far-right rally that quickly erupted in violence. "The violence displayed on Grounds is intolerable and is entirely inconsistent with the University's values".

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