CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters joined church groups early Saturday morning as they prepare to face off with white nationalists and anti-Semites in Charlottesville, Va.
Hundreds of white nationalists marched on the University of Virginia campus Friday evening, where they clashed with counter-protesters. Shouting “White Lives Matter,” and “Jews will not replace us,” the white nationalists held tiki torches and rallied under a statue of former President Thomas Jefferson, the founder of UVA.
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Thousands of demonstrators and counter-protesters are expected to rally Saturday afternoon at Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park, where several white nationalist groups are hosting a “Unite the Right” rally.
BLM joins dozens of other groups to protest the rally, saying that they plan to out number the rally-goers.
“Men and women from state and local agencies will be in Charlottesville [on Saturday] to keep the public safe,” McAuliffe said in a statement, “and their job will be made easier if Virginians, no matter how well-meaning, elect to stay away from the areas where this rally will take place.”