Virginia governor declares state of emergency as white nationalist rally in Charlottesville breaks out in violence
Charlottesville Virginia White Nationalist Protest

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency as demonstrations in Charlottesville erupted into violence Saturday morning.

The demonstrations precede a “Unite the Right” rally called by white nationalists in response to a plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Thousands of white nationalist protesters, as well as groups that oppose them, have clashed during demonstrations that are currently ongoing.

Virginia governor declares state of emergency as white nationalist rally in Charlottesville breaks out in violence

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

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Images of the protest have appeared on online and show the intensity of the confrontation between the opposing groups.


Virginia governor declares state of emergency as white nationalist rally in Charlottesville breaks out in violence
A member of white nationalists is seen with injuries during a clash with a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, < Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017
Virginia governor declares state of emergency as white nationalist rally in Charlottesville breaks out in violence
Members of white nationalists clash a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.

 

 

Source: Business Insider