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Torch-bearing white nationalists march ahead of alt-right rally

12 August 2017, 11:00 | Regina Holmes

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08 2017 shows members of the Ku Klux Klan and others arriving for a rally calling for the protection of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville Virginia

Hundreds of poorly dressed torch-wielding Nazis marched on the University of Virginia campus Friday night chanting white nationalist slogans and assaulting anti-fascist counter-protestors and law enforcement officers.

The so-called alt-right is a white nationalist movement that is an offshoot of conservatism that mixes mixing racist and populist elements. "Kessler's assertion in this regard is supported by the fact that the city exclusively revoked his permit but left in place the permits issued to counter-protestors".

Things turned violent after physical fights between marches and protesters erupted, Joe Heim with the Washington Post reported. There is no word on any arrests or injuries.

In a report from the New York Times, city officials have denied the request of the event's organizer, Jason Kessler, to hold the rally at Charlottesville's Emancipation Park, where a statue of Robert E. Lee stands.

What began as a local effort to protect a symbol of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia, has become what may be the largest gathering of "pro-white" demonstrators in the United States for well over a decade at this weekend's "Unite the Right" rally.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has said extremist groups have threatened to try and attack rally participants, to express opposition to the statue's removal.

Pictures and video of the nighttime march spread rapidly across social media, where many black and left-leaning Americans expressed disgust at the imagery, which to them recalled torch-lit Ku Klux Klan rallies of yesteryear.

He said he had given security forces instructions to act quickly and decisively if violence breaks out. Numerous individuals coming to Charlottesville tomorrow are doing so in order to express viewpoints many people, including me, find abhorrent.

In response to the Alt-Right's peaceful demonstration in support of the Lee Monument on May 13th, the City of Charlottesville and roving mobs of Antifa have cracked down on the First Amendment rights of conservatives and right wing activists.

Barricades are going up, police will patrol the area on the ground and in the air, and the National Guard will be on standby Saturday.

He also argued that the expected 2,000 counter-protesters coming to town to oppose the Unite the Right rally were not part of the two rallies planned for the downtown parks, but they would follow Kessler's rally wherever it is held.

McAuliffe asked both supporters and opponents of the rally to stay away.

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