Protest Clashes in Virginia Prompt McAuliffe to Declare Emergency

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Emancipation Park, Charlottesville, VA – Militia, Antifa, and what the media are calling “alt-right” faced off in Charlottesville, Virginia over the city’s decision to remove yet another Confederate Statue of Robert E. Lee. After declaring the rally illegal, there were not only scuffles and violence, but a vehicle drove into the crowd of counter-protesters.

It began Friday night with a torch procession at the University of Virginia. By Saturday, the scheduled rally in Emancipation Park became so large that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared the rally an “illegal assembly” and issued a “State of Emergency” over the “Unite the Right” rally.

Jason Kessler, a right wing blogger, had sued the city when they were told they would have to move their rally to a different location, citing safety concerns with the size of the crowd expected. His argument was that the

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