A disturbing “White Nationalist Rally” took place at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville late Friday night, with a torch-bearing crowd marching around campus shouting Nazi slogans and giving Nazi salutes.
The troubling display led to violence in the crowds, with little police presence.
After the violence broke out and video of the Nazi rally surfaced on social media, University of Virginia president Teresa A. Sullivan issued a statement on the matter by condemning the actions of those involved.
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) August 12, 2017
As President of the University of Virginia, I am deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior displayed by torch-bearing protestors that marched on our Grounds this evening. I strongly condemn the unprovoked assault on members of our community, including University personnel who were attempting to maintain order.
Law enforcement continues to investigate the incident, and it is my hope that any individuals responsible for criminal acts are held accountable. The violence displayed on Grounds is intolerable and is entirely inconsistent with the University’s values.
The torch wielders chanted actual Nazi and Klan slogans like "blood and soil" and at one point began chanting "you won't replace us."
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 12, 2017
It was a truly disturbing scene on campus and hopefully there will be steps taken to prevent something like this from happening again. There’s no place for this nonsense in society. It’s 2017, folks.