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A brawl broke out as hundreds of white nationalists carrying torches marched on UVA's campus

Published by Business Insider on Sat, 12 Aug 2017

Hundreds of white nationalists clashed with counter-protesters on the University of Virginia's Charlottesville campus Friday, according to Reuters.The scene was a prelude to a much larger demonstration for a "Unite the right" rally, called inresponse to a plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia.Thousands of white nationalistprotesters, as well as groups that oppose them,are expected to descend upon Charlottesville on Saturday.On Friday night, protesters carried torches and chanted, "You will not replace us," and "Jew will not replace us," according to The New York Times.At one point, marchers gathered around a statue of Thomas Jefferson and a brawl between the two groups broke out.Torch-bearing white nationalists descend on Charlottesville in prelude to big neo-Nazi-alt-right rally on Saturday. https://t.co/NpAeyTgk8U pic.twitter.com/Oa3QqbJaG9' Jim Roberts (@nycjim) August 12, 2017White supremacists were chanting 'white lives matter' and 'Jews will not replace us' at Charlottesville rally. https://t.co/kqQ8cOP3th pic.twitter.com/r1zkeK80S2' Jim Roberts (@nycjim) August 12, 2017Chanting "you will not replace us" pic.twitter.com/rxpJU0841V' Joe Heim (@JoeHeim) August 12, 2017Massive brawl breaks out, tiki torches thrown as #UniteTheRight reaches Jefferson monument in #Charlottesville. Chemicals dispersed pic.twitter.com/NsepwZC0Te' Alex Rubinstein (@RealAlexRubi) August 12, 2017The National Guard has been placed on standby in anticipation of Saturday's rally.Protesters have already drawn rebuke from leaders in the community. In a Facebook post, Mike Signer, the mayor of Charlottesville, called the demonstrations by white nationalists a "cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance."The president of UVA,Teresa A. Sullivan,also condemned the "unprovoked assault on members of our community."The demonstration in Charlottesville comes just a month after 23 people were arrested and police deployed tear gas after aKu Klux Klan rally in the city.Join the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: Chris Christie ruined his relationship with Trump because the president is a germaphobe
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