Protest Clashes in Virginia Prompt McAuliffe to Declare Emergency

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Protesters clash in Charlottesville – Screenshot via Fox

Emancipation Park, Charlottesville, VA – Militia, Antifa, and what the media are calling “alt-right” faced off in Charlottesville, Virginia over the city’s decision to remove yet another Confederate Statue of Robert E. Lee. After declaring the rally illegal, there were not only scuffles and violence, but a vehicle drove into the crowd of counter-protesters.

It began Friday night with a torch procession at the University of Virginia. By Saturday, the scheduled rally in Emancipation Park became so large that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared the rally an “illegal assembly” and issued a “State of Emergency” over the “Unite the Right” rally.

Jason Kessler, a right wing blogger, had sued the city when they were told they would have to move their rally to a different location, citing safety concerns with the size of the crowd expected. His argument was that the city’s statement was a violation of free speech. Judge Glen Conrad agreed and granted the injunction against the city.

Chaos in a small park

The situation appears to have not grown out of hand until the appearance of Antifa. Some of the right side protesters showed up with shields, some of the left with sticks. Both had pepper spray. The Unite the Right side is a mix of KKK/White Supremacists and regular protesters. The left side is a mix of Black Lives Matter and Antifa. A volatile mix.

Keep in mind that the source of the next few tweets is a liberal reporter.

 

 

 

 

 

Governor McAuliffe was asked by the Virginia State Police to declare a State of Emergency so they could get more resources to help with the crowd. According to Virginia code they can declare an assembly unlawful and make arrests.

 

 

 

Both sides used pepper spray on each other. At least two people were injured. White Supremacist David Duke joined the protest. Tempers flared. One Black Lives Matter supporter was waving a Palestinian flag, which infuriated the right wing protesters. By this afternoon, a vehicle had driven into the crowd of counter protesters, at this writing injuries are unknown.

 

 

 

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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