Love Squashes Hate: Clashes Break Out as Virginia Declares State of Emergency

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As community members, faith leaders, and defenders of the common good operated valiantly on Saturday to drown out and confront white supremacist factions who descended on the city of Charlottesville this weekend, Virginia suspended a permitted rally and declared a State of Emergency as anti-fascists clashed violently with neo-Nazi elements.

Just before noon, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency “to aid state response to violence at Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville.”

Throughout the day it appeared that many more people (dominated by local residents) had attended counterprotests—organized by a broad coalition to denounce the racist gathering—than there were out-of-town members of the racist and reactionary factions there to attend the so-called “Unite the Right” rally.

But as clashes broke out, some of the scenes captured by social media users were intense:

As confrontations touched off, police declared the right-wing rally “unlawful” and ordered people to disperse:

Brandi Collins, senior campaign director for Media and Economic Justice at the advocacy group Color Of Change, put the ugly display of racism and discrimination occurring in Charlottesville this weekend directly at the doorstep of President Donald Trump.

“The hatred and bigotry that Donald Trump inspired has been on full display in Charlottesville last night and today,” Collins said. “Racists, led by the likes of David Duke, are marching to uphold not just memorials to the Confederacy, but its mission of hatred and racial subjugation. Armed white supremacists marching with torches through the streets have raised the very real specter of racial terrorism.”

Meanwhile, in a string of tweets in the early afternoon on Saturday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) denounced the right-wing rally and the hateful, racist ideology of those participating in it:

Via Common Dreams. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.