Just a quick disclaimer; this literally only happened today as of writing this and so it's still a sensitive topic due to the three fatalities. I'm not going to be making many jokes if at all as a result. For now I'm just going to lay down the facts and let the rest of you make a joke out of it. My sympathies go out to the families of the victims of this horrendous terrorist attack. Thank you. - Nolanishere, Author
The Battle of Charlottesville (also known as the 'Charlottesville Incident' or the '2017 Unite the Right Rally') was a protest staged by White Nationalists, Alt-Righters, Klu Klux Klansmen and National Socialists in the town of Charlottesville, Virginia. This was in response to the towns decision to tear down a statue of Confederate General; Robert E. Lee. Anti-Racist protesters clashed with Nationalists in the town until a White Supremacist by the name of James Alex Fields Jr drove his car through the counter-protesters block, killing three people.
The Rally was called by the Unite the Right's various leaders in response to the cities decision to remove the statues of Confederate leaders. They contacted the local authorities and announced the occurrence of the protest, the local government attempted to have the protest moved but Unite the Right sued them and won, the judge ruled that they must be allowed to meet in Emancipation Park unarmed.
11th August 2017 Edit
On the 12th of August approximately 1000 White Supremacists in the group named 'Unite the Right' gathered in the town beside a statue of Thomas Jefferson in the University of Virginia, they wielded flaming tiki torches. They shouted and chanted various racial, religious and anti-gay insults and protested their issues with the decision made.
Counter-Protesters including Antifa and Communists arrived and created a ring around the statue of Thomas Jefferson, fights broke out and several people were injured. The Antifa forces were significantly outnumbered, in places only 20 of them attempted to combat hundreds.
It wouldn't be until much later that Riot Police arrived and dispersed the protesters, only 1 person was arrested.
12th August 2017 EditOn the 12th of August the following day, the protesters gathered yet again this time near the all-important statue of Robert E. Lee at Emancipation Park.The Protesters anticipated a counter-protest and seeing events that took place in previous battles such as this brought weapons and shields with nationalist insignia painted on them such as Swastikas, World Wheels and Aryan Crosses.
Counter-Protesters arrived and immediately fights broke out in the streets, while Antifa had more people then yesterday they were still heavily outnumbered. The Police declared a town wide State of Emergency. Later Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state wide State of Emergency. The Protesters and Counter Protesters clashed in Emancipation Park.
First Statement Edit
President Donald Trump came out to denounce the violence however has received criticism as he denounced both sides, this was interpreted as him siding with the Nationalists.
"We all must be united and condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let's come together as one!" I condemn in the strongest possible terms what is an egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order." - Donald Trump
Car Ramming Attack Edit
At approximately 4:00 pm, James Alex Fields Jr got into his car and drove it through the Counter-Protester block. His attack injured 19 people and killed one.
Medics immediately arrived at the scene to treat the wounded and deal with the fatalities. James Fields attempted an escape but was ultimately captured by police. He was charged for 1 count of Second Degree Murder as well as several other charges.
Police have hypothesized that the attack was actually an accident as there is evidence the car was attacked with baseball bats prior and James Fields was attempting an escape when he struck the counter-protesters on accident. However there is not much evidence for this to be the case.
Helicopter Crash Edit
Unrelated to this incident, a police Bell 407 Helicopter lost control and crashed in a nearby forest. Killing 2 State Troopers who were on board.
13th August 2017 Edit
The day following the rally, anti-hate advocates organized vigils and demonstrations in a number of cities across the country. In Brooklyn, demonstrators at the "Peace and Sanity" rally heard addresses by Public Advocate Letitia James and City Comptroller Scott Stringer. In Los Angeles, hundreds gathered on the steps of City Hall to condemn white-nationalist violence and honor those killed.
On the afternoon of the day after the rally, Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler attempted to hold a press conference in front of Charlottesville City Hall, but was forced to abandon the conference by counter-protesters. Leading white nationalist Richard B. Spencer denied that he was responsible for the violence, blaming counter-protesters and police.
Second Statement Edit
On the 14th of August Donald Trump yet again come out with a statement directly denouncing the White Supremacists:
"To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered. [...] Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans." - Donald Trump
Third Statement Edit
On the 15th of August Donald Trump made another statement due to the media backlash from his previous statements.
"I didn't wait long. I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement.
The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement but you don't make statements that direct unless you know the facts. It takes a little while to get the facts. You still don't know the facts. It is a very, very important process to me. It is a very important statement. So I don't want to go quickly and just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement. I want to know the facts.
If you go back to my statement, I brought it. I brought it. As I said, remember, saturday, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America. I went on from there. Here is the thing.
Excuse me. Take it nice and easy. Here is the thing.
When I make a statement, I like to be correct. I want the facts. This event just happened. A lot of the event didn't happen yet as we were speaking. This event just happened. Before I make a statement, I need the facts. I don't want to rush into a statement. So making the statement when I made it was excellent.
In fact, the young woman — who I hear is a fantastic young woman and it was on NBC, her mother wrote me and said through I guess Twitter, social media, the nicest things. I very much appreciated that. I hear she was a fine, really actually an incredible young woman. Her mother, on Twitter, thanked me for what I said. Honestly, if the press were not fake and if it was honest, the press would have said what I said was very nice. Unlike you and unlike the media, before I make a statement, I like to know the facts." - Donald Trump