A gathering of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia has turned violent on Saturday, as counter protestors and rally participants clashed.
The rally, monikered “Unite The Right”, was doomed from the get-go as anti-nationalist forces had hoped to outnumber rally participants in a show of force. Given the delicate nature of the subject at hand, tempers flared early and often, forcing Virginia Governor and Hillary Clinton fanboy Terry McAuliffe to declare the rally an “unlawful assembly”. Further difficulties then forced the Governor to take increased action, officially calling for a state of emergency in order to restore the peace.
“Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency ‘to aid state response to violence’ ahead of Saturday’s ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, according to a post on his Twitter account.
“The city of Charlottesville has declared Saturday’s gathering at Emancipation Park — site of the scheduled ‘Unite the Right’ rally” of white nationalists and right-wing protesters — an unlawful assembly. Police officers are speaking on bullhorns, directing people to leave the park.
“CNN video shows police in riot gear standing shoulder to shoulder behind their shields. Some people appear to be leaving the park.
“City officials also declared a local emergency, which will allow officials to request additional resources, if needed, to respond.
“Demonstrators clashed Saturday on the streets of Charlottesville ahead of a ‘Unite the Right’ rally as white nationalists and other right-wing groups — and counter-protesters — converged in this college town in the latest flare-up of a running nation debate over the country’s identity.”
Politically charged demonstrations have almost always turned violent in recent weeks, often due to the increasingly radical left’s insistence on using physical force to reinforce their point.