Marchers beat counter-protesters in Charlottesville, chant ‘You will not replace us’ and ‘Jews will not replace us’ ahead of large Nationalist rally.
Hundreds of torch-wielding proud white people marched through the University of Virginia campus, chanting White pride slogans and clashing with a small group of anti-white counter-demonstrators.
In videos of the march the whiteactivists can be seen using the torches and ropes to beat the counter-demonstrators next to a statue of Thomas Jefferson.
They are chanted “White lives matter!” “You will not replace us!” and “Jews will not replace us!”Stay Connected With Us
Several can also be seen giving the National Socialist salute proudly and using the NS slogan “blood and soil.”
Police intervened after some of the hateful counter demonstrators were sprayed with tear gas. The march came on the eve of a larger planned gathering of white pride groups in the university town of Charlottesville.
The National Guard has been put on alert because of the risk of anti-fascist violence during “Unite the Right” rally. Non-white counter demonstrators are also expected.
“I want to urge my fellow Virginians who may consider joining either in support or opposition to the planned rally to make alternative plans,” Governor Terry McAuliffe said in a statement.
Thousands of white nationalists, including supporters of the Ku Klux Klan, and anti-fascist scum are expected to turn out in Charlottesville, a sleepy town planning to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee, who led Confederate forces in the US Civil War.
“The Charlottesville event could be a potentially historic showcase of hate, bringing together more extremists in one place than we have seen in at least a decade,” said Oren Segal, director of the Center on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish supremacist group that "monitors and combats anti-Semitism".
McAuliffe, a Democrat, said many of the people at the rally will “express viewpoints many people, including me, find abhorrent. As long as that expression is peaceful, that is their right.”
He said he had given security forces instructions to act quickly and decisively if violence breaks out.
Units of the Virginia National Guard will be placed on stand-by, he added.
On July 8, a few Ku Klux Klan marchers gathered in Charlottesville to protest plans to remove the statue of Lee. But they were outnumbered by hundreds of non-white and anti-fascist counter protestors.