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White supremacists in violent clashes at Charlottesville rally

12 Août 2017

The same park was the site of a May demonstration in which a group carried torches led by white nationalist Richard Spencer around the Lee statue to protest its removal.

"Today, in 2017", he continued, "we are instead seeing a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march" in the hometown "of the architect of our Bill of Rights". There is no place for this kind of violence in America.

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

On Friday afternoon, police reportedly attended the carpark of the city's Walmart, where they spoke with a Unite the Right speaker, Christopher Cantwell, after they received a report of someone brandishing a gun.

Signer said in an interview Friday that he had been consulting fellow mayors, seeking advice on how to "be prepared to make sure people can assemble and express themselves freely".

The demonstrations began Friday in Charlottesville with white nationalists marching through town and while carrying lit torches.

A state of emergency has been declared in the USA state of Virginia as clashes broke out between white nationalists and counter-demonstrators ahead of a far-right rally in the city of Charlottesville.

Ralph Northam, Virginia's lieutenant governor and the Democratic nominee for governor, bemoaned that Charlottesville was once again the scene of a white supremacist rally.

In light of the unrest, city leaders declared a state of emergency, determining "the imminent threat of civil disturbance, unrest, potential injury to persons, and destruction of public and personal property to be of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant coordinated local government action".

In the run-up to Saturday, there has been confusion over where, precisely, the Unite the Right rally will take place.

Saturday's rally is the latest event drawing white nationalists and right-wing activists from across the country to this Democratic-voting college town - a development first precipitated by the city's decision to remove symbols of its Confederate past.

The violence started on Friday, before Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said in a statement that the event could be the "largest white supremacist gathering in a decade". However, Airbnb has retaliated against users they believe are booking rentals in connection with the rally by not only canceling their rental but also shutting down their account.

"We're going to find a way to get them here one way or the other", Kessler added, also noting that he plans to go forward with a company boycott or class-action lawsuit.

"It's a bold move beyond the anonymity of websites, message boards, pseudonyms and social media - a move to take the hardcore, racist, white nationalist message to the public square", the SPLC said.

White nationalists groups are planning to hold the Unite the Right rally to condemn what they see as the persecution of white people in the U.S. and the erasing of White history from America's identity.

White supremacists in violent clashes at Charlottesville rally