Several people received minor injuries after a far-right march attacked a student counter-protest in Charlottesville last night. The march was taking place ahead of today's “#UniteTheRight” rally, which is expected to be the largest neo-Nazi protest in the USA since 2002.
More than 400 hundred neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched through Charlottesville with torches chanting “white lives matter” and the Nazi slogan “blood and soil”. Before the march could reach it a liberal community anti-racist event in a church was evacuated.
Around 40 student and local anti-fascists attempted to counter-protest the march by linking arms around a statue in the centre of the university. The students were swarmed by the neo-Nazis, who completely surrounded the group before attacking them with fists and pepper spray.
The #UniteTheRight rally is an attempt to bring together all of the neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups which have been buoyed by the emergence of the alt-right. Memetic punch bag Richard Spencer is a the headline speaker, also appearing are a host of other prominent alt-right social media users.