After marching on Friday night with torches, the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups held a large demonstration on Saturday. A state of emergency was soon declared and the rally shut down amid violence. A car then plowed into anti-racist protesters.
Here’s what’s happening:
- A car plowed into a crowd of anti-racist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one person after a white supremacist rally was shut down by police. A suspect is in custody.
- A state police helicopter also crashed while responding to the protests, killing two officers.
- “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” President Trump said.
- White supremacists gathered in the college town for the “Unite the Right” rally, where they chanted racist and homophobic slogans.
- Hundreds of counter-protesters were also there, including local interfaith leaders, activists, and self-described anti-fascist protesters.
- City officials and the state’s governor have declared a state of emergency.
- Friday night’s torch-carrying white nationalist march through the University of Virginia saw marchers chanting Nazi slogans, punching counter-protesters, and spraying them with chemicals.
Virginia governor tells white supremacists to “go home” after 3 people die in violence
As violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white supremacist protest, the governor told those who had come for the event to “go home.”
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also said he had spoken with President Trump and told him the only way to move forward was to bring people together and stop the hate speech.
The protests started Friday night around a Confederate statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, and by Saturday, the “Unite the Right” rally had turned into full blown chaos, with a car plowing into a group of anti-racist demonstrators, killing one, and a helicopter crashing nearby, killing two state police officers.
McAuliffe on Saturday thanked those helping amid the chaos, and also had powerful words to the racists who had descended upon his state.
“Our message is plain and simple: Go home,” McAuliffe said. “You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. You pretend that you’re patriots, but you are anything but a patriot. You want to talk about patriots? Talk about Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, who brought our country together.”
Source: BuzzFeed News
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