'What I Just Witnessed Was the End of America'
ChantingÂ â€œWhite Lives Matter,â€ â€œYou will not replace us!â€ â€œJew will not replace us,â€Â and the Nazi sloganÂ "blood and soil,â€Â hundreds of white supremacistsÂ wielding tiki torches marched on the University of Virginia Grounds late Friday night. The group of mostly men in their 20's and 30's, at times making the Nazi salute, also included "some who looked to be in their mid-teens," The Washington Post reports.
The white supremacists were met by counter-protestors who had been organizing in a church, and by the end violence broke out, with the white supremacists fleeing after reportedly being sprayed with mace or pepper spray.
In addition to "blood and soil" the white supremacists also marched chanting "end immigration, one people, one nation."
Before violence ended the march, whichÂ reportedly lasted 15-20 minutes, the marchers surrounded students holding signs:
The KKK-like demonstration was aÂ precursor to thousands of so-called "alt-right," Neo-Nazi, white nationalists, and white supremacists who will gather inÂ Charlottesville on Saturday for a â€œUnite The Rightâ€ rallyÂ in Emancipation ParkÂ to protest the removal of a Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee.
Tell me more about how political correctness is destroying America pic.twitter.com/Zqn3gNUbNbâ€” Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) August 12, 2017
These are the faces of white supremacy, and they should be shared. It's a public protest. If they wanted privacy should've worn their hoods. pic.twitter.com/bDBu362Qunâ€” Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) August 12, 2017
The LA Times reports "one of the counter-protesters, Emily Gorcenski, tweeted:: â€œI am safe. I am not fine,â€ and â€œWhat I just witnessed was the end of America.â€Â
Now gathering around statue of Thomas Jefferson. Chanting 'white lives matter!' pic.twitter.com/16cruXn5d8â€” Joe Heim (@JoeHeim) August 12, 2017
Image by Joe Heim via Twitter