Virginia Governor Declares State of Emergency in Response to 'Unite the Right' Rally in Charlottesville

| AUG 12, 2017 | 5:19 PM

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On Friday night, hundreds of participants of the “Unite the Right” rally marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia.

The attendees held lit tiki torches and chanted things like “blood and soil” and “end immigration, one people, one nation.” At one point, the participants marched on the University of Virginia campus.

Those behind the rally say they are protesting in part because of the city's planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park. The protest didn't end Friday night, either.

On Saturday, “Unite the Right” clashed with other activists in the area:

In response, roughly 1,000 law enforcement officers were dispatched to quell the chaos:

According to Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the “Unite the Right” rally is unlawful, so he's declared a “state of emergency”:

The National Guard is in Charlottesville now:

ABC News reported that:

The usually quiet university city of Charlottesville, Virginia, declared a state of emergency Saturday morning after a Unite the Right gathering of far-right extremists began with early, violent clashes with counterprotesters.

The state of Virginia shortly after declared the gathering unlawful and ordered both rallygoers and counterprotesters to “disperse immediately.”

“This gathering has been declared as to be an unlawful assembly; in the name of the Commonwealth, you are commanded to immediately disperse; if you do not disperse immediately you will be arrested.”

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.