A state of emergency has been declared around Charlottesville, Virginia, amid clashes between “Unite the Right” white nationalist demonstrators and “counterprotesters,” including thepresence of Antifa.
Gov. Terry McAullife declared a state of emergency shortly before 11 a.m. ET, moments before the rally was scheduled to begin at noon at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, according to a tweet sent from the Democratic governor’s Twitter account.
Using megaphones, police declared an unlawful assembly at about 11:40 a.m., and gave a five-minute warning to leave Emancipation Park, where hundreds of neoNazis, Ku Klux Klans members and other white nationalists had gathered to protest the removal of a Confederate statue. They were met by equal numbers of “counterprotesters,” including Black Lives Matter activists and Princeton professor Cornel West.
Both the city of Charlottesville and the Albemarle County have declared a local state of emergency, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
President Donald Trump responded to the ongoing violence in Charlottesville, Virginia after leftist Antifa protesters attacked a protest of white nationalists.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides,” he stressed.
Trump described the protests in Charlottesville as “terrible” and “very very sad,” calling for peace and order. “This has been going on for a long, long time,” he said, referring to violent protests. “It has no place in America.”
“This has been going on for a long, long time,” he said, referring to the violent protests. “It has no place in America.”Trump thanked law enforcement for trying to restore peace to the city.
Trump thanked law enforcement officials for trying to restore peace to the city.
“Above all, we must remember this truth, no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first,” he said.
Trump said that he spoke with Virginia governor Terry McAulliffe and said they agreed that the hate and division displayed in the city had to stop.
“We must love each other, respect each other and cherish our history and our future together,” Trump said. “So important.”
The president moved quickly to address the violence in Charlottesville, first sending a message on Twitter condemning the violence.
“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for,” he wrote. “There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”
Trump remarks immediately drew criticism from the media and Democrats for not condemning the neo-nazis and white nationalists who demonstrated in Charlottesville.
Traditionally, however, presidents usually address violent protests by calling for peace and unity — waiting to assign blame until order is restored.
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State of Emergency declared in Charlottesville as protesters clash
Aug 12, 2017
Numerous people were inured Saturday after a vehicle drove through a crowd at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
According to the Daily Mail, the incident began after one of the counter-protesters threw a rock at the vehicle.
“A counter protester had allegedly thrown a rock at the car, causing the driver to swivel around and ram into people on the sidewalk, before driving away,” the article states. “Local police reported there were multiple injures and three vehicles were involved in the crash.”
Another angle shows the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed down a crowded city street.
Numerous other injuries were reported earlier in the day as white nationalists and members of Antifi clashed near a statue of Robert E. Lee. Infowars reporter Millie Weaver and her cameraman were also hit with pepper spray while covering the day’s events.
President Dondald Trump called for unity on Twitter and argued against the day’s violence.
“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for,” the president said. “There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”
David Duke Rips Into Trump and Virginia Governor
Alt-right white nationalist David Duke attacked both President Trump and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe after white nationalists turned violent at a Virginia rally Saturday.
KKK members and alt-right activists conglomerated and eventually rioted against counter-protesters and police at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA Saturday morning. The “Unite the Right” rally was to protest the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in the city.
Gov. McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after violence broke out.
Former Louisiana congressman Duke attacked McAuliffe, saying the governor “used his authority to shut down our free speech because of his personal opinions.”