People gathering to resist Unite the Right demonstration say they were hit with pepper spray and lighter liquid in conflict on University of Virginia campus
Hundreds of far-right demonstrators exerted torches as they marched on to the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night and reportedly attacked a much smaller group of counter-protesters who had linked limbs around a statue of Thomas Jefferson.
Starting at a municipal park less than a mile away, alt-right protesters who have gathered for the weekend Unite the Right rally marched in a long column over the short distance to the campus, chanting slogans like You will not replace us and Blood and soil.
When the marchers reached and surrounded the counter-protesters there was a short verbal showdown. Counter-protesters said they were then attacked with sway torches, pepper spraying and lighter liquid.