Protesters Clash in Charlottesville at White Nationalists Rally

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Eventually both sides threw punches and pushed each other as police moved in to break up the confrontation.

Alex Spratley, a second-year college student who was among the counter-protesters, told the Cavalier Daily: "This is not something that we thought would ever happen, that we would ever see in our lifetime". "Multiple injuries are reported". An Associated Press reporter saw at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment immediately afterward the incident, which occurred approximately two hours after violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters.

Meanwhile, the Twitter remained abuzz with posts about the Unite the Right rally.

Charlottesville was also the scene of a smaller white nationalist rally in May. "Let's come together as one!"

Other Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Utah Sen.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have called for peace.

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Part of what led Airbnb to the now-deleted accounts were plans being made by users to hold after-parties in rented residences.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing the event's organizer - right-wing blogger Jason Kessler - in a lawsuit filed August 10 against the city of Chartlottesville and City Manager Maurice Jones. In a report from the New York Times, city officials have denied the request of the event's organizer, Jason Kessler, to hold the rally at Charlottesville's Emancipation Park, where a statue of Robert E. Lee stands.

Kessler said this week that the rally is partly about the removal of Confederate symbols but also about free speech and "advocating for white people".

A group opposed to the council's decision sued, and in May a judge issued a six-month injunction against the city's removing the statue while litigation proceeds.

Alt-right activists marched in a torch-lit rally late Friday through the University of Virginia campus and clashed with rival protesters, CNN reported.

Leading white supremacist Richard Spencer echoed Kessler's sentiments and fully supported the rally noting via YouTube, "The Unite the Right rally will take place exactly as planned and the city of Charlottesville and the city of Charlottesville police will just have to deal with it". "The violence displayed on Grounds is intolerable and is entirely inconsistent with the University's values". The guard released a statement saying it would "closely monitor the situation". Up to 6,000 people are expected to join the event, according to police estimates. The company canceled the accounts of people that it confirmed had used its platform to book lodging for the event. "People peddling in hate from outside of Charlottesville will never define this vibrant community". He says he wants rally attendees to leave town peacefully.