BREAKING: White Nationalists Ordered To Leave Town Before Planned ‘Unite The Right’ March In Virginia
Following a morning of violent clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency local and authorities have ordered hundreds of racist Trump supporters out of town — putting an end to a noon rally that hadn’t even begun, The Washington Post reports.
Using megaphones, police declared the fascist gathering “an unlawful assembly” at about 11:40 a.m., and gave a five-minute warning to leave Emancipation Park, where hundreds of neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists had gathered to protest the removal of a Confederate statue. They were met by equal numbers of counter-protesters, including clergy, Black Lives Matter activists and Princeton professor Cornel West.
Columns of white nationalists marched out of the park, carrying Confederate flags and Nazi symbols, and headed down Market Street in an odd parade, as counter-protesters lined the sidewalks and shouted epithets and mocked them.
According to the report, there were vicious clashes on in front of Emancipation Park, where the rally was to begin at noon. A large contingent of white nationalist rallygoers holding shields and swinging wooden clubs rushed through a line of counter-protesters.
Men in combat gear, some wearing bicycle and motorcycle helmets and carrying clubs and sticks and makeshift shields attacked counter-protesters, with little apparent police interference.
A large contingent of Charlottesville and Virginia state police in riot gear were stationed on side streets and at nearby barricades but did nothing to break up the melee.
A group of three dozen self-described “militia” – men who were wearing full camouflage and were armed with long guns – said they were there “to protect their brother’s rights.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of counterprotesters packed a church to pray and organize.
The parade drew sharp condemnations from Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer and U-Va. President Teresa Sullivan.
Sullivan described herself as “deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior” shown by the marchers.
Signer said he was “beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus.” He called the chanting procession a “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance.”