A State of Emergency Is Declared In Charlottesville After A Nazi/White Supremacist Demonstration Turns Violent

08.12.17 10 months ago 32 Comments

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After last night’s torch-bearing, protestor-menacing prelude to today’s Unite the Right rally, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and neo-Confederates continued to swarm Charlottesville. Brawls have broken out as police continue to try to keep the peace. A state of emergency has officially been declared. And so far the President has stayed quiet, even as high-profile attendees, specifically David Duke, invoked his name by saying the demonstration “fulfills the promises of Donald Trump.”

The initial inspiration for the rally is the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, agreed upon by Charlottesville leadership in April. Ironically, today’s demonstration is taking place in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park. Attendees came in Nazi apparel, waving Confederate and Iron Cross flags, giving the Siegl Hiel Nazi salute, and shouting chants including “Jews will not replace us.” Businesses shut down in anticipation of unrest and in protest of Unite the Right. At first, police were trying to stay out of the fray and simply keep the peace. The ACLU of Virginia reported that the police stated “We’ll not intervene until given command to do so.”

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