Violence broke between Nationalists and white counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, 2017. Videos shown on CNN reveals the hatred surrounding the rally scheduled at Emancipation Park.
The Nationalists who scheduled their event called, Unite the Right, are supposedly fighting against the removal of Robert E. Lee statue from the park. However, the participants brought weapons with them. They brought half-sheets of plywood emblazoned with their slogans, which they are using against those who are protesting the rally.
Some of the Nationalists are garbed in military helmets, they are carrying thick dowels, baseball bats, batons, and shields that resemble those used by police during riots. Some of their shields have a large black cross on a white circle. Pro and anti-KKK signage are prominently visible.
In the video, fist fights are taking place between the two groups of white people. Fists are flying, between the groups, including an altercation with a woman attacking a Nationalist man attempting to pummel him — he is punching her back.
The protesters are using their plywood signs to push back the crowds that rush against the makeshift shield. The counter-protesters exhibit the same violence as the Nationalists. The chaos clearly demonstrates how controversial the alt-right movement is in the United States.
There are water bottles and batons being thrown, there is homemade pepper gas being used. CNN reports that two people have already been injured.
At about 11 a.m. ET, the Charlottesville Police Department reached out for extra support to contain the situation. Police, with bullhorns, have declared the assembly is unlawful and those who do not leave will be arrested.
Guardian Liberty Voice will continue to provide updates as this situation unfolds.
By Cathy Milne
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