Virginia football activities canceled because of Charlottesville protests

  • Virginia football activities canceled because of Charlottesville protests

Virginia football activities canceled because of Charlottesville protests

The president has received previous criticism for being slow to condemn acts of hate done in his name.

The march came ahead of a larger right-wing rally in the city, dubbed Unite The Right, planned for Saturday which between 2,000-6,000 are expected to attend. Police in riot gear ordered demonstrators to disperse as they marched onto the scene Saturday. Rally organizers say this should be grounds for a lawsuit. Scheduled speakers, including white nationalist Richard Spencer, were not given police protection in the melee, he added.

Colleen Cook, 26, stood on a curb shouting at the rally attendees to go home. And during the election, Trump played coy with figures like David Duke, and won the support of the Ku Klux Klan, who declared of Trump, "A lot of what he believes in, we believe in".

Kessler said this week that the rally is partly about the removal of Confederate symbols but also about free speech and "advocating for white people". No good comes from violence.

Reuters and a number of local reports put the number of protesters in the hundreds.

However, the town has become a focal point for white nationalists after the city council voted to remove a statue of General Lee.

The clashes highlights a resurfacing of the white supremacist movement under the "alt-right" banner after years in the shadow of mainstream American politics.

City Attorney Craig Brown argued the decision was based exclusively on the number of people expected to attend the rally - which is 1,000, according to Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas's affidavit - and how it would affect public safety.

Just before 11:30 a.m. the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County declared a local state of emergency, allowing local officials to request additional resources.

Police were present ready to respond to any type of emergency situation.

Prior to the gathering left the college's grounds when police arrived and administered it unlawful get together, shocked city and UVA authorities denounced Friday's gathering.A gathering of white activists take an interest in a light lit walk through the University of Virginia grounds in Charlottesville. Rally supporters and counter-protesters screamed, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning. Militia members in the city openly carried rifles, although no gunfire was reported.

Pictures from the protests last night showed white supremacists holding torches in the air and chanting slogans such as "one people, one nation, end immigration" as they clashed with anti-fascism protesters.

Two people have been treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to Charlottesville officials.