Antifa and BLM have been visited by the Alt-Knight Rider.
The ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was the scene of violence between american patriots demonstrating against the removal of a Confederate-era statue from Emancipation Park, and left-wing counter demonstrators.
The rally aimed to “unify the right-wing against a totalitarian Communist crackdown” and “affirm the right of Southerners and white people to organize for their interests just like any other group is able to do.” The rally followed a night, when nationalists organized a torch march at the University of Virginia.
The national socialist movement and others heading east on Market street. pic.twitter.com/hk6eD2Tfr3
— Allison Wrabel (@craftypanda) August 12, 2017
Saturday’s demonstration was organized by Jason Kessler, a former Daily Caller writer and activist, to protest against the removal of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park. The park used to be named Lee Park, after the Confederate general, but Charlottesville City Council voted to change its name in June.
Leftist efforts to move the protest to McIntire Park were quashed when a judge ruled Friday that it could go ahead at Emancipation Park.
The black supporting Southern Poverty Law Center accuses Kessler to be a white nationalist, as if it’s something wrong to be white and nationalist.
Speakers expected at the Unite the Right event include Richard Spencer, Mike Enoch and Augustus Invictus.
Meanwhile, Virginia House Democrats have released a statement condemning the rally.
“As the former mayor of this beautiful, inclusive and progressive community, I am saddened that our city may draw thousands who would come here to sow division and hate,” House Democratic Leader David Toscano said.
“The alt-right agenda has been brought to Charlottesville by people who are neither from our community nor who represent its values. We will strive to ensure the day does not erupt into violence, and we will redouble our efforts to remain civically engaged so that darkness does not obscure our light.”
After the NON AUTHORIZED counter-demonstration from Antifa, BLM and other leftist groups clashed with the Alt-Right, the Governor of the US state of Virginia declared a state of emergency.
— Craig Stanley (@_CraigStanley) August 12, 2017
At least one person has been killed after a car has ran into lefturds.
— E (@esheikh_) August 12, 2017
— Steven C (@bleacherbum87) August 12, 2017
Journalist on the scene said that there were “extremely heavy injuries” sustained during the incident. Charlottesville City Hall tweeted authorities were responding to a “three vehicle crash” at Water and 4th Street, and that “several pedestrians” were struck and multiple injuries have been reported.
“As of 12:30 pm, [16:30 GMT] a single arrest has been reported. Emergency Medical Personnel have responded to eight injuries related to the event,” Charlottesville Police Department said on Facebook.
A state official has said the driver of car is in custody, AP reported.