Torch-wielding white supremacists march in Virginia University

David Duke at Virginia rally courtesy CNN

White supremacist and white nationalist groups converged on Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park, for a planned "Unite the Right" rally. On Saturday morning, protesters and counterprotesters faced off and kicked and punched, hurled water bottles and deployed chemical sprays against one another. There were clashes with counter protesters، while the local mayor condemned the march as racist.

One single arrest is reported and 8 injuries related to the event.

The incident capped off a day of violence and chaos that began when white nationalists gathered for a rally, waving confederate flags and chanting Nazi slogans.

That was not how the Charlottesville mayor assessed the chaos that led the governor to declare a state of emergency, contending that Trump's campaign fed the flames of prejudice. However, that's only deterred a small fraction of the thousands of people expected to attend "Unite the Right". We will be there to observe and document police practices as we were on July 8 and at other rallies and protests across Virginia since January and before.

Participants of the event are also dealing with the city of Charlottesville.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., took to Twitter to denounce the scene.

First lady Melania Trump also to put out a comment on the demonstrations, as did the President's homeland security and counterterrorism aide, Thomas Bossert.

Late Friday night, a USA district court judge in Charlottesville agreed.

The protest came amid an ongoing dispute over the proposed removal of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park, previously known as Lee Park. Kessler says that's a free speech violation. A judge has agreed to a temporary injunction that blocks the city from removing the statue for six months.

"You will not replace us!" and "Jews will not replace us!" several hundred white nationalists and white supremacists carrying torches marched in a parade through the University of Virginia campus last night.

The Unite the Right rally is scheduled to take place Saturday at McIntire Park in Charlottesville, the city said on its website. Sullivan called the "violence" displayed during the march on "intolerable" and "entirely inconsistent with the University's values".

"As the former mayor of this lovely, 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.

In a statement issued prior to Friday night's events, Virginia's Gov. Terry McAuliffe said that "personnel from Virginia's National Guard were standing by to respond if needed" ahead of Saturday's rally.

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