Hundreds gather ahead of planned ‘Unite the Right’ rally at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, as activists with Confederate flags face counter-protest

Violent clashes erupted between far-right nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, early Saturday ahead of scheduled a “Unite the Right” rally at the city’s Emancipation Park.

The clashes came despite police efforts to keep the rival protesters apart following a confrontation late Friday in the University of Virginia’s campus in which counter-protesters claimed they were hit by torches and pepper spray.

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