University of Virginia police dispersed a gathering of far-right protesters on the Charlottesville, Va. campus Friday night ahead of a planned demonstration by white nationalists, white supremacists and alt-right groups on Saturday.
Police arriving on the scene declared the protest on Friday an “unlawful assembly” and told demonstrators to disperse, video footage of the gathering shows.
— Allison Wrabel (@craftypanda) August 12, 2017
Protesters holding torches clustered on the campus in an apparent lead-up to a Saturday demonstration protesting Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
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Now gathering around statue of Thomas Jefferson. Chanting ‘white lives matter!’ pic.twitter.com/16cruXn5d8
— Joe Heim (@JoeHeim) August 12, 2017
White nationalists chanting “you will not replace us” and “white lives matter” at counter-protestors here at UVA. pic.twitter.com/rDbig1bRK4
— Joshua Eaton (@joshua_eaton) August 12, 2017
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The protest planned for Saturday has ignited intense opposition in Charlottesville, and large counter-demonstrations are expected to materialize in response.
Even on Friday, a group of protesters turned out in opposition to the far-right demonstration, chanting “black lives matter.”
— Tim Dodson (@Tim_Dodson) August 12, 2017
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer condemned the protest in a statement, calling the gathering “a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance.”
“Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here’s mine: not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus,” he said.
Source: The Hill