Violent clashes erupt in Virginia rally

Violent clashes today erupted between white supremacists and counter demonstrators in a rally in the US state of Virginia, prompting the authorities to declare an emergency.

The violence broke out ahead of the ‘Unite the Right’ rally by white supremacists protesting against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee from a park in the college town of Charlottesville, 256 kilometres from Virginia. Following the clashes, police and security forces were deployed in riot gears.

Noting that most of the protesters were from out of the state, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said, the emergency was declared to assist local government in restoring public safety.

In a Facebook post, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer condemned the demonstration by white nationalists.

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to condemn the violence and called for unity.

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