Armed white supremacists attack and mace peaceful group of protestors in Charlottesville

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TORCH wielding white supremacists chanted Nazi slogans as they marched through a USA university last night to complain that white history was being erased from America's identity.

Last night, Virginia's governor urged people to stay away from the planned rally.

It drew extreme far-right figures like white nationalist Richard Spencer, along with counter-protesters like Antifa, a radical anti-fastist group.

A hospital official said one person has died and 19 were injured after a vehicle plowed into a group of protesters in Charlottesville. A similar rally by Ku Klux Klan that took place in July saw police officers using tear gas on protesters.

Violence erupted between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, in the U.S. state of Virginia, on Saturday.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, and police dressed in riot gear ordered people out.

The rally comes shortly after a large group of torch-bearing white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia (UVA) campus Friday night, after a judge issued a ruling allowing Saturday's protest to move forward.

At least one person was arrested after police arrived at the scene and tried to disperse the crowds.

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With hundreds of people expected to attend the rally as well as thousands of counterprotestors, the city announced on Monday that the rally had to move to the larger McIntire Park.

The protesters are angered at the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E Lee from Charlottesville.

He said he considered the viewpoint of those supporting the rally "abhorrent", but also says it's their right to peacefully express it.

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed President Donald Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign past year.

Trump, on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, had meant to speak briefly at a ceremony marking the signing of bipartisan legislation to aid veterans, but he quickly found that those plans were overtaken by the escalating violence in the Virginia college town.

At no point did he condemn white nationalism or white supremacy.

This time the extreme right hopes to have a stronger showing thanks to the presence of various leaders of the "alt-right" movement that has been emboldened by Donald Trump's ascent to the White House.

"The disparity in treatment between the two groups with opposing views suggests that the defendants' decision to revoke Kessler's permit was based on the content of his speech rather than other neutral factors that would be equally applicable to Kessler and those protesting against him", Conrad wrote. The judge made the decision around 8 p.m. on Friday.

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