VIDEO: State Of Emergency Declared As Unite The Right Rally Turns Into Street Brawl In Charlottesville

A State of Emergency has been declared in Charlottesville at the Unite The Right rally.

A State of Emergency has been declared in Charlottesville at the Unite The Right rally.

Video Of Unite The Right Riot

Charlottesville, VA – All-out violence has broken out at the white nationalist rally, held on the Charlottesville campus of the University of Virginia, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency.

Just before noon on Saturday, the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County declared a state of emergency, citing ‘unlawful assembly,’ and ordered everyone to leave or face being arrested, as thousands gathered for the rally.

A group of white nationalists used pepper spray on a group of counter-protesters about 10 minutes before the state of emergency was declared, according to Richmond.com.  This was apparently in retaliation for counter-protesters using pepper spray on white nationalists on Friday night.

Counter-protesters could be seen stealing flags from the white nationalists and a Huffington Post reporter said that the counter-protestsers doused him in raw sewage.

Numerous people have been injured, but no injuries have been reported to be life-threatening.

At this point, even white nationalist leader, Richard Spencer, is telling people to get out of Charlottesville.

Unconfirmed reports from anti-police journalists with Unicorn Riot report that Spencer and his friend fought with police and that Spencer was arrested shortly after this tweet.

Counter-protesters on Saturday were chanting “We have replaced you. Strong, united, interracial crew.”

In a Facebook post, the Charlottesville Police Department said:

Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones and Interim County Executive Doug Walker have simultaneously issued a Declaration of Local Emergency for the two jurisdictions. This joint declaration allows local officials to request additional resources if needed to respond to ongoing events in the community which are currently localized in downtown Charlottesville. Scheduled activities outside the downtown area are not impacted by ongoing events or by this declaration at this time. Local officials continue to closely monitor the situation and will provide additional details as they are available.”

They also posted a copy of the Virginia law defining unlawful assembly.  Saturday’s demonstration, ‘Unite the Right Free Speech Rally’, was organized to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, according to CBS News.

White nationalist blogger Jason Kessler organized Saturday’s rally, which started at 12 PM.  He defended the right to have the rally, and said that the event would be an “incredible moment for white people who’ve had it up to here and aren’t going to take it anymore”, according to the BBC.

The City of Charlottesville announced earlier in the week that the demonstration must be moved out of Emancipation Park to McIntire Park, which is larger, due to safety reasons.

With the backing of the ACLU, Kessler sued the city, on a freedom of speech violation platform, and on Friday night U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad issued a preliminary injunction that the rally be held as scheduled in its announced location.

Charlottesville Police Chief said that about 1,000 first responders, including law enforcement, are present at Saturday’s rally.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has put the National Guard on standby, and has now declared a State of Emergency.  Estimates are that a crowd of between 2,000 and 6,000 people are present.

The Virginia State Police have been deployed, and will have the largest number of Troopers deployed in 30 years.