Violence Breaks Out at White Supremacist Rallies in Virginia

A car drove into a group of counter-protestors in what is now officially a state of emergency.

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On Friday night, hundreds of white supremacists marched across the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, chanting slogans like "white lives matter" and "Jews will not replace us."

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On Facebook, UVA law student and counter-protester, Elizabeth Sines, shared a first-person account of the horror.

She wrote:

My friend and I arrived on campus and were met with hundreds of white nationalists--of course, 99% white men--carrying torches through what is known as the lawn, the main quad of campus. They chanted, "You will not replace us" and "white lives matter." Because they planned the rally for when students would not be on campus, and they held this rally as a surprise, there were comparatively much fewer counter-protestors. We tried to keep our distance, but felt it was tremendously important to document what was happening, so we went live on our phones; below is that video.

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Sines ended the post with:

I'm scared, of course I am, but I will be there tomorrow because I have a duty to be. As a white person, I know it is easier for me to occupy this space safely than persons of color. I'm going to show up for all of the people who cannot. Please join us, if you are able to.

On Saturday, hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other after violence erupted at a white supremacist rally in Virginia.

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Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, and police dressed in riot gear ordered people at the rally in Charlottesville to disperse after chaotic clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters.

The Los Angeles Times reported that eight people were injured after a car plowed into a group of people protesting the white supremacist rally. Police are currently searching for the driver of the car:

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On Twitter, many are speaking out against the terror:

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President Donald Trump finally tweeted at 1:19pm EST:

However, white supremacist leader David Duke said that the hate rally "fulfills the promise of Donald Trump."

This post will be updated as more information becomes available. Additional reporting from the Associated Press.

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