Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a state of emergency on Saturday as helmet-clad white supremacists brawled with counter-protesters at a Charlottesville playground where officials plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Bearing guards and chanting racist slogans, tens of thousands of alt-right nationalists descended on Emancipation Park — previously Lee Park — in downtown Charlottesville.Countless counter-protestors were also there, and either side plastic bottles and sprayed each other with compounds, based on reports.
Counter-protestors were also there, and both sides hurled plastic bottles and sprayed each other with compounds, according to reports.Some protesters could be seen throwing punches. At least one man was seen with blood running down his face.
— ACLU of Virginia (@ACLUVA) August 12, 2017
Police in riot gear set up barricades and ordered the protestors to disperse. There was no immediate word on arrests.Saturday’s rally comes following torch-carry white nationalists, yelling “white lives issue” and Nazi slogans, marched through the University of Virginia Friday night, punching counter-protestors and spraying them with chemicals.
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) August 12, 2017