Police Put Charlottesville, UVA on Lockdown One Year After Torch Rally

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Hundreds of police and barricades filled Charlottesville one year after hundreds of white supremacists marched on the campus of the University of Virginia with torches and attacked antifascists demonstrators.

In the morning a group of antifascists protesters marched through the downtown mall to Fourth Street and Water Street in downtown at the scene where a white supremacist attending the Unite the Right rally last year, allegedly plowed his car into a crowd of protesters marching through the city. Heather Heyer was killed and 19 others were injured.

Locals from the community and protesters paid respects throughout the day at the memorial site. Later in the evening around hundreds of protesters gathered near the campus of UVA, and after waiting for security to let them on the grounds, they decided to have a breakout march. Students and antifascists were protesting the use of the university’s dorms to house the extra police that were sent in for the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally.

Police followed, and there were some small scuffles, but no arrests were made.

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