Charlottesville, Va. – The white nationalist Unite the Proper rally in my dwelling city was dispersed after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency within the wake of violent clashes between the neo-nazis, white supremacists, and different assorted alt-righters and Black Lives Matter, anti-fascist, and different counter-protesters. The white nationalists had been interested in Charlottesville as protest website after town council’s vote to promote memorial statues of accomplice generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
Earlier this week, town authorities revoked the allow for the rally to happen within the newly renamed Emancipation Park the place the Lee statue stands. The town issued one other allow for the rally on the bigger McIntire park which is about one mile away from downtown. The rally organizers backed by the American Civil Liberties Union sued and the federal courtroom district dominated that the rally might happen within the downtown park.
Final night time, the alt-righters marched with tiki torches by way of the grounds of the College of Virginia reportedly shouting “”You’ll not substitute us!,” “Blood and soil!,” and “Jews is not going to substitute us!” Shouting the final slogan whereas standing in entrance of the statue of Thomas Jefferson created by Virginia Jewish scupltor and accomplice VMI combatant Moses Ezekiel is a bit ironic.
unlawful assembly. I was not close enough to see that fight, but I did watch as perhaps a 500 Unite the Righters carrying confederate and nazi banners dispersed from the closed park by marching down Market Street. Counter-protesters shouting for them go away let them past for the most part unmolested. White nationalist Richard Spencer with a phalanx of Proud Boys brought up the rear, clearly reveling in the chaos the rally had caused.A number of the alt-righters got here attired in militia regalia carrying golf equipment and shields. The golf equipment had been used to bash some counter-protesters earlier than the rally might even get began, prompting the governor’s declaration that the rally had turn into an
After the alt-righters marched away, many apparently put down their banners and are now mingling with residents and counter-protesters around downtown. Naturally, there are rumors that the alt-righters are planning to regroup for further protests and mayhem.
Now the bad news: Apparently two people are being treated for injuries from the earlier fight and a car has hit and injured some folks on the downtown mall (where I was standing not an hour ago). I am going to head back out to see what else may be happening.
For more background, here is what I think about how confederate monuments and memorials should be handled: Old Times There Are Best Forgotten.
Update: It is very sad to report that at least one person has died from the car ramming on the downtown Mall.
Update: In televised remarks, President Donald Trump said: “We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides.”
It worth noting that many of the white nationalists gathered here think rightly or wrongly that Trump is on their side. Former KKKer David Duke who is in Charlottesville for the rally declared, “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump.” In response to Trump’s earlier tweet in which the president condemned “hate” and violence,” Duke tweeted, “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists.”