Unite The Right Rally Sparks Protests in Charlottesville: What You Should Know
Aug 13 2017
"I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here".
The NHL's Detroit Red Wings released a statement denouncing the use of their logo at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and saying they are considering legal action to stop it. "It was very clearly intentional". Police took the vehicle's driver into custody.
Reports indicated that the march started at just after 9:30 pm (UTC) and lasted up to 20 minutes, eventually ending after clashes with counter-protestors.
Police in riot gear stood shoulder to shoulder behind shields early Saturday afternoon, at times advancing toward crowds, CNN video shows.
Hundreds of U.S. white nationalists have rallied at the University of Virginia, protesting against plans to remove a statue of a confederate general.
-This breaking news story will be updated. Police anticipated the rally would attract as many as 2,000 to 6,000 people, and the Southern Poverty Law Centersaid it could be the "largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States". The city has seen its fare share of ideological conflict since it chose to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from what was then known as Lee Park, now renamed to Emancipation Park. "As long as that expression is peaceful, that is their right".
GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis is among the entertainment industry figures speaking out against the rally of white nationalist groups that has sparked violence today in Charlottesville, Va.
The "Unite the Right" rally was expected to draw a lot of people from out of town.
Former KKK grand wizards David Duke, who attended the demonstration, said the goals of the white supremacists were shared by Donald Trump.
Large crowds are also expected in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday, the city said, with high numbers of protesters demonstrating against the rally expected to be among those in attendance.
"UVA is public in the most profound and meaningful sense of that word; we are committed to the public good, and we seek to recognize and represent the great diversity of the public in our commonwealth and in the country", said one earlier statement.
City officials and police say they are prepared for any violence.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle agreed that such speech, which included racist and anti-Semitic slurs, should be condemned, and some emphasized that while they support freedom of speech and assembly, they do not condone the violence and racism seen in Charlottesville.
Trump's tweet was the first official response to the violence from the White House, and came almost an hour after First Lady Melania Trump tweeted about the situation in Charlottesville.