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Counter protestors attend "Unite the Right" rally

Alt-right activists protested the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from what is now called Emancipation park in Charlottesville, Virginia today. White activist Jason Kessler organized the Unite the Right rally, and Richard Spencer and Tim Gionet are attending.

Last night, hundreds of alt-right supporters marched onto the lawn of the University of Virginia, bearing torches and chanting "white lives matter" and "you will not replace us."

The main Unite the Right event took place this morning. Anti-fascist and Black Lives Matter activists among other anti-fascist and anti-racist groups held counter protests during the rally. Kessler has encouraged protestors to avoid violence, but to prepare to defend themselves.