Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Charlottesville mayor confirms 1 death, urges protesters to 'go home'

Charlottesville mayor confirms 1 death, urges protesters to 'go home'

White nationalists bearing torches are marching through Charlottesville tonight on the University of Virginia Campus chanting "you will not replace us".

Mayor Mike Signor announced the death on his Twitter account and urged people to "go home".

The march came on the eve of the Unite the Right rally, a gathering of groups from around the country whose members have said they are being persecuted for being white and that white history in America is being erased.

The footage shows three cars plowing into a group of pedestrians, with one of the vehicles pushing the other two deeper into the crowd before backing up into more people. "President Trump needs to take a break from the golf course and denounce these hate rallies immediately with clear and strong language". Virginia State Police is leading the Commonwealth's planning and response for these events and will be on the scene in a support capacity before, during and after the planned rally.

The president of the University of Virginia said one person was arrested and several people, including a university police officer, were injured Friday night as hundreds of white nationalists ralliers clashing with counter protest groups in Chartlottesville, Virginia. The organizer of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is encouraging attendees to leave town after authorities declared an unlawful assembly and police ordered people to disperse.

-This breaking news story will be updated.

According to The Daily Progress, city police estimate between 2,000 and 6,000 will attend Saturday's Unite the Right march on Charlottesville.

Charlottesville mayor confirms 1 death, urges protesters to 'go home'
Charlottesville mayor confirms 1 death, urges protesters to 'go home'

He said he considered the viewpoint of those supporting the rally "abhorrent", but also says it's their right to peacefully express it.

President Donald Trump condemned violence "on both sides" in a Saturday afternoon statement, refusing to explicitly call out the reasons for the original protests.

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. However, the alt-right blogger objected to the decision in a federal court saying it was a violation of free speech.

The National Guard has been put on alert because of the risk of violence during the "Unite the Right" rally, which is due to kick off at 12 noon local time (5pm Irish time).

"White supremacists have descended upon Charlottesville again to evoke a reaction as ugly and violent as their beliefs", he said.

Kessler then sued the city and got representation from the ACLU of Virginia and the Rutherford Institute, which say the city's decision raises numerous First Amendment concerns.

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