'Unite the Right' rally: Car plows into counterprotesters
- Author: Stacy Houston Aug 13, 2017,
Aug 13, 2017, 1:01
The Saturday rally is being held at noon at Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park, home to a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that the city of Charlottesville voted to remove earlier this year.
The incident occurred after clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters subsided a bit. "What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives".
At least one of the injured was a university police officer.
"I am deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior displayed by torch-bearing protestors that marched on our grounds this evening".
A silver vehicle smashed into another auto, then reversed, ploughing through "a sea of people".
Two people have been treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to Charlottesville officials.
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Skirmishes broke out near the Rotunda between the white nationalists and counter-protesters, including some students. Columns of white nationalists marched out of the park, carrying Confederate flags and Nazi symbols, and headed down Market Street in an odd parade, as counterprotesters lined the sidewalks and shouted epithets and mocked them. "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts".
"This is about an anti-white climate within the Western world and the need for white people to have advocacy like other groups do", he said in an interview.
A member of the Ku Klux Klan during a rally in Charlottesville in July. The Southern Poverty Law Center، a civil rights organisation، says that "Trump's run for office electrified the radical right، which saw in him a champion of the idea that America is fundamentally a white man's country".
Before the group left the university's grounds when police arrived and ruled it unlawful assembly, outraged city and UVA officials condemned Friday's gathering.
Violence has broken out ahead of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, forcing city, county and state authorities to declare a state of emergency. "It's been going on for a long, long time", he said. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was urging those not participating in the march to steer clear and avoid the potential for violence. The suit claims that Kessler's first amendment and constitutional rights were violated because on August 7, city officials initially tried to revoke his original event permit, and then changed the location of the event.
Large crowds are also expected in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday, the city said, with high numbers of protesters demonstrating against the rally expected to be among those in attendance.