State of Emergency Declared Amid Violence at Charlottesville's 'Unite the Right' Rally
  [Saturday, August 12, 2017 1:08:00 PM]
The governor of Virginia and officials in Charlottesville have declared a state of emergency Saturday morning ahead of the “Unite the Right” rally as tensions rose and small clashes broke out.

Governor Terry McAuliffe declared the state of emergency after rally supporters and counter-protesters screamed, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning.

City officials said the declaration allows them to request additional resources to respond to the clashes expected between hundreds of white supremacists and those opposing them.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler planned what he called a "pro-white" rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park.

The Virginia State Police tweeted that officers had made arrests following the unlawful assembly declaration. The National Guard has also been deployed.

Local police estimated that at least 6,000 people are in attendance. Among those expected to attend are Confederate heritage groups, KKK members, militia groups and "alt-right" activists, who generally espouse a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism.

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