• Charlottesville violence: What we know now

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    What we know about the clashes between far-right extremists and counter-protesters Charlottesville, Va., right now:
     

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    • Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler called for what he termed a "pro-white" rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of the Confederal Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.
    • There were also fights Friday night, when hundreds of white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus carrying torches.
    • In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters.
    • Between rally attendees and counter-protesters, authorities were expecting as many as 6,000 people, Charlottesville police said this week.
    • Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which track extremist groups, said the event has the potential to be the largest of its kind in at least a decade.


     

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