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Inside the Chaos and Hate at Charlottesville

The “Unite the Right” rally dissolved into chaos practically before it began. Around noon, a cornucopia of racists had gathered around a statute of Confederate general Robert E. Lee that was set to be removed, and their opponents surrounded them on the streets below. About 20 minutes before the rally’s scheduled start time of noon, the two sides were already chucking rocks and water bottles at each other. The air was already so filled with pepper spray it tasted like snuff.

A few minutes later, shield-wielding riot cops from the Virginia State Police declared an unlawful protest and cleared the area around the Confederate monument. Protestors on both sides scattered, with the far-right extremists marching more than a mile and across a highway to another park. The Black Lives Matter protestors who opposed them eventually made their way to a strip mall at the center of town. …

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