Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" march down East Market Street toward Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. Chip Somodevilla—Getty
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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a
A crowd of people also gathered in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville late Saturday morning,
Virginia State Police also tweeted that protesters charged at authorities in Emancipation Park. Arrests were being made, and there were injuries stemming from an altercation, the department said.
In light of the events, the University of Virginia also said its events and programming would be canceled. The university medical center will remain open, however.
Several hundred white nationalists gathered on the University of Virginia campus with torches in hand Friday night. There multiple reported injuries after the group clashed with counter-protestors.
While President Donald Trump had not yet released a statement as of Saturday afternoon, First Lady Melania Trump tweeted her opposition to the violence, along with other officials.
"Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville," she posted.