The security forces in Charlottesville have put an abrupt end of the white supremacists’ rally after violence erupted in a clash between the counter-protesters and the Right activists.
Hundreds of Right activists along with several fully armed militias entered the planned site the Emancipation Park by 11 AM. The police entered the site by 11.40 AM and ordered everyone to vacate the park.
Hundreds of people were expected to join the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, a city in the US state Virginia.
The governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency as the tension escalates with counter rally announced.
The white supremacists denounce a planned removal of a statue of General Robert E Lee from Charlottesville. General Lee was famous for his pro-slavery stance.
The Rightists protested on Friday night with waving torches chanting “white lives matter” slogans through the University of Virginia.
The mayor of the city has said that the march of the far right group is a “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights.”
“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 added.
The supporters of Unite the Right rally have been campaigning in favor of the rally on social media.
A Facebook user named Nickie Rimer posted on a Facebook event Unite The Right, “Some folks will never understand what you’re protesting, some folks just love to call white folks racist. But these status are the story of our ancestors that fought for freedom, not slavery. The south was invaded by the North and these men we Honor in these monuments fought for me to be here. So good luck with your rally, may GOD be with Y’all.”
Counter protesters Shiquan Rah said, “These people don’t have a message, their message is hate and violence. This is a spiritual war we’re in.”