The Faith-Led Counter-Protest to White Nationalism in Charlottesville

A flyer for the Aug. 12 event in Virginia

He is an alum of the University of Virginia and lives in the state.

The mayor of Charlottesville said via Twitter on Saturday that he is "heartbroken" to announce that a "life has been lost". He did not provide details as to how the death occurred.

At about 1:45 p.m., a vehicle turned towards a crowd counter-protesters and drove straight into it before driving off, according to witnesses.

Nigro says it was "chaos and mayhem" as bodies flew.

There are also multiple reports of pepper spray being used. It was not clear if any one was arrested.

The Virginia State Police posted videos on Facebook of officers breaking up the Unite the Right gathering and counterprotest. Mark Warner, a Democrat, told the white nationalists to leave Charlottesville. Many credit Spencer with popularizing the term "alt-right" as he garnered national media attention after being heard shouting "Hail Trump!" at a white nationalist convention in Washington, D.C., and later, being punched in the face on Inauguration Day while giving an interview. "As long as that expression is peaceful, that is their right". Earlier this year, the city council voted to rename the park and move the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. I urge students and all UVA community members to avoid the August 12 rally and avoid physical confrontation generally.

Cook, a teacher who attended the University of Virginia, said she sent her son, who is black, out of town for the weekend.

Cliff Erickson leaned against a fence and took in the scene.

Other footage shows people clashing in the town, with violence breaking out among protesters and counter-demonstrators. "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts".




And the emboldened acts of white supremacists in the Trump era is both abhorrent and, sadly, not surprising.

Violence between counter-protesters and white nationalists is expected today.

The rally is expected to draw at least 1,000 participants, according to an affidavit from Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas, which was provided to ABC News from the ACLU.

Another witness had two friends who were hit by the auto and had to take them to the hospital.

Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer said in a statement of the torch-bearing white nationalists, "I have seen tonight the images of torches on the Grounds of the University of Virginia".

"I'm not going to make any bones about it".

House Speaker Paul Ryan called the views of the white nationalists "repugnant", and called for Americans to unite against "this kind of vile bigotry".

Participants of the event are also dealing with the city of Charlottesville.

It is set to take place at Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park, where the statue of the general stands. The judge made the decision around 8 p.m. on Friday.

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