Hundreds face off at white nationalist rally in Virginia

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 12:38:31 AM. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police ordered people to disperse.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors. Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had called for what he termed a "pro-white" rally to protest the city of Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. Colleen Cook, 26, stood on a curb shouting at the rally attendees to go home.Cook, a teacher who attended the University of Virginia, said she sent her son, who is black, out of town for the weekend. "This isn't how he should have to grow up," she said. White supremacists next door: Feds infiltrate Aryan Strikeforce Cliff Erickson leaned against a fence and took in the scene. He said he thinks removing the statue amounts to erasing history and said the "counterprotesters are crazier than the alt-right." "Both sides are hoping for a confrontation," he said. It's the latest confrontation in Charlottesville since the city about 100 miles outside of Washington, D.C., voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Lee. In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50...Read more
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