Utah officials denounce racism, violence in wake of white rally in Charlottesville

As a ”pro-white” rally in Charlottesville descended into violence Saturday morning, Utah leaders took to Twitter to condemn hatred. 

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency amid hundreds of people throwing punches and water bottles, and police in riot gear ordered protesters — both white nationalists and counterdemonstrators — to disperse, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Photos from the rally showed protesters waving Confederate flags and Nazi symbols.

Sen. Orrin Hatch tweeted that hate “has no place in civil society.”

Gov. Gary Herbert was unavailable for comment, but sent two tweets condemning the violence.  

”Pro-white” activists had gathered to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park in downtown Charlotte.

Some protesters flew flags for the American Vanguard, a national group associated with two flyers that were posted on the University of Utah campus last week.

from The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/news/2017/08/12/utah-officials-denounce-racism-violence-in-wake-of-white-rally-in-charlottesville

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