Torch-bearing white nationalists march ahead of alt-right rally

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2017

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer released a statement referring to Friday's rally as a "cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights". This comes after alt-right terrorists have been throwing bottles, hitting people with sticks and brandishing assault weapons during the rally. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe called the violence "unacceptable" and declared a state of emergency and the National Guard aided in policing the event.

The white nationalists were protesting the city of Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan said law enforcement is investigating the "intolerable" violence displayed on the campus.

Demonstrators are still staging rallies around the city, and reports say a vehicle crashed into a group of protesters.

The car's front is badly damaged and its mangled bumper swings wildly before the driver backs up at a high speed for several blocks, turns left and speeds off, while being chased by police.

The number of injuries and the severity of those injuries is not known.

The incident took place approximately two hours after violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters caused authorities to declare the "Unite the Right" rally an unlawful assembly, The Associated Press reported.

Trump is expected to speak at 3 p.m.

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