Charlottesville: violence before far-right rally prompts state of emergency

Hundreds gather ahead of planned ‘Unite the Right’ rally at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, as Trump condemns violence via Twitter

Virginia’s governor declared a state of emergency amid violence in Charlottesville.
Virginia’s governor declared a state of emergency amid violence in Charlottesville. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Violent clashes erupted between far-right nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency.

The unrest came ahead of scheduled a “Unite the Right” rally at the city’s Emancipation Park as fighting and scuffles broke out between the two groups.

Several people have been hurt and there have been a number of arrests.

The governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, declared a state of emergency, while the US president, Donald Trump, tweeted a condemnation of violence related to the scenes in Charlottesville.

MORE:   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/12/virginia-unite-the-right-rally-protest-violence

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