White nationalists staged a torchlight procession in front of the University of Virginia

White nationalists staged a torchlight procession in front of the University of Virginia

Friday night at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, white nationalists with bamboo torches in their hands held a March. The procession passed on the eve of the ultra-right meeting the Right Unite, scheduled for Saturday. Rally Unite the Right, which will be held in McIntire Park, is partly a response to the decision of the city to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the municipal Park.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said he believes the parade «disgusting.»

In a statement on Friday he said: «Many people, including me, who will meet tomorrow in Charlottesville in order to Express their point of view, I think such incidents are disgusting.»

Shouting the phrase «white life is important», «you can’t replace us,» and the Nazi slogan «blood and soil» nationalists started a fight with their ideological opponents, who were in the same place.

Happening now near UVA pic.twitter.com/IxWOFnUhA2

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The police, who arrived in the campus, declared the March illegal, and ordered the crowd to disperse.

Information about the victims and arrested there.

Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia, commented on the event Friday in a statement:

«I am deeply saddened and concerned about the aggressive behaviour of the protesters. I strongly condemn the wanton attack on the members of our community, including University employees, who were trying to keep order.»

Sullivan also added that law enforcement authorities are still investigating the incident, and expressed the hope that all responsible for the crimes be brought to justice.

The mayor of Charlottesville, Mike singer, condemned the March, calling it «cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism and intolerance».