Saturday, August 12, 2017
Alt-Right Rally at UVA: One chant heard -- "blood and soil" and "one people, one nation, end immigration"
Chanting "blood and soil" and "one people, one nation, end immigration," the group rallied around a statue of Thomas Jefferson before they clashed with counter-protesters.
Many Alt-right activists are coming together in Virginia for the Unite the Right rally, which is being held to protest Charlottesville City Council's decision to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from Emancipation Park in Charlottesville.
Here is how the Southern Poverty Law Center describe the event:
"Hundreds of Alt-Right activists and white nationalist extremists are set to descend on the small community of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday in what’s shaping up to be the largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.
“Unite the Right” is expected to draw a broad spectrum of far-right extremist groups – from immigration foes to anti-Semitic bigots, neo-Confederates, Proud Boys, Patriot and militia types, outlaw bikers, swastika-wearing neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Ku Klux Klan members – all of whom seem emboldened by the Trump presidency."
UPDATE (AUGUST 14): CNN reports on "How a White Nationalist Rally Turned Deadly in Charlottesville."
Photo courtesy of CNN
Here is President Trump's statement about the violence: