Bloodshed in Charlottesville

By Seth Herald

Violent clashes broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday after white-nationalist groups marched through the University of Virginia’s Emancipation Park by torchlight on Friday night.

The “Unite the Right” gathering protested the city’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from the park as well as other ideological grievances. After white nationalists began to skirmish with counter-protesters on Saturday, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency at the request of state law-enforcement officials. The day turned deadly after a driver slammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring 19 others.

Two Virginia State Police officers died later in the day when their helicopter crashed while monitoring the protests. Democratic and Republican leaders strongly condemned the white-nationalist demonstrations as hateful and un-American, while President Trump denounced bigotry and violence “on many sides.”

Police officers dressed in riot gear march forward as they push protesters away from Emancipation Park after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency on August 12. (Seth Herald / The Atlantic)
A counter-protester stands in McGuffey Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. Opposition groups gathered in the city after hundreds of white nationalists came to Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from the University of Virginia’s Emancipation Park. (Seth Herald / The Atlantic)
Counter-protesters gather in Charlottesville in response to white-nationalist groups who gathered for a “Unite the Right” rally at Emancipation Park. Clashes between the two groups broke out throughout the day. (Seth Herald / The Atlantic)
Blood is seen on the pavement shortly after a vehicle ran through a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, killing one person and injuring 19 others. (Seth Herald / The …read more

Via:: The Atlantic


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