White Supremacists Carry Torches Through the University of Virginia Campus

Several hundred white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia through the campus of the University of Virginia on the night of August 11. They started at Nameless Field and ended at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. When the march made it to the Memorial, the torch wielding protesters were met by a much smaller group of anti-fascists who had locked arms around the statue. After arguing and throwing insults a large brawl started. Tiki torches were used as clubs and pepper spray was deployed before police moved in.

As this was going on St Paul’s Memorial Church, which is across the street from the campus of the University of Virginia, was having a community prayer service. The building was surrounded by volunteer security and the police were close by.

This is the day before the “Unite the Right” rally is scheduled to take place where several different white supremacist groups will have one of the largest planned racist events in recent history in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville. All of the groups that were at the event in Pikeville, Kentucky that I covered will be there plus hundreds of other members of different white supremacists groups.

St Paul’s Memorial Church, across the street from the campus of the University of Virginia, was having a community prayer service before the march. The building was surrounded by volunteer security and the police were close by. Charlottesville, VA August 11, 2017.

White supremacist activists fill cans for their tiki torches before the march begins on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017.

White supremacist protesters begin lighting torches before getting into a marching formation to head to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017.

White supremacist protesters begin lighting torches before getting into a marching formation to head to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017.

A white supremacist protester gives the finger to cameras as the group marches with torches across the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017.

Torch wielding white supremacists march through The Lawn, a park in the middle of the University of Virginia’s campus that was designed by Thomas Jefferson. Charlottesville, VA August 11, 2017.

Torch wielding white supremacists march through The Lawn, a park in the middle of the University of Virginia’s campus that was designed by Thomas Jefferson. Charlottesville, VA August 11, 2017.

Some of the protesters stop at the back of The Rotunda on the campus on the University of Virginia to wait for other protesters to catch up with them. Charlottesville, VA August 11, 2017.

The white supremacist protesters march with torches across the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017.

A white supremacist argues with an anti fascist protester before a large brawl breaks out at the Jefferson Memorial on the campus of the University of Virgina in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017.

A counter protester holds up his hands in front of hundreds of white supremacist protesters who have surrounded the Jefferson Memorial and counter protesters on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017.

A large brawl breaks out between the two groups of protesters as the tiki torches are used as weapons and pepper spray is deployed into the crowd by one of the white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017

White supremacist protesters who were pepper sprayed are attended to by police and medics after the police moved in to disperse the two groups in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017.

White supremacist protesters who were pepper sprayed are attended to by police and medics after the police moved in to disperse the two groups in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017.

White supremacist protesters who were pepper sprayed are attended to by police and medics after the police moved in to disperse the two groups in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017.

Police standing on top of a hill near The Rotunda at the University of Virgina after they pushed out the last few protesters and the media in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017.

The white supremacist protesters load whats left of their tiki torches into pickup trucks as their protest ends at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017.

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