The weekend’s violence proved that despite small numbers, a well-organized, militaristic far-right front is an unsettling specter in the era of Donald Trump

This weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, it became clear that a surging far right has created the rudiments of an organised, effective street-fighting force.

Partly this is about sheer numbers. Friday night’s “torch parade” attracted at least 400 people. On Saturday, the widely circulated estimate of 500 far-right protesters seemed radically on the low side. One group entering the park appeared to be around 250 in number and there were many smaller contingents of around 100. There appeared to be more like 1,000 behind the barricades in Emancipation Park.

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