One Year After Charlottesville
LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
It began a year ago this weekend. Hundreds of white nationalists carrying tiki torches marched onto the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: (Chanting) You will not replace us.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Chants of you will not replace will us morphed into, Jews will not replace us. The white nationalists were met by a much smaller group of counterprotesters, UVA students who had formed a circle around the statue of Thomas Jefferson. Chaos followed.
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GARCIA-NAVARRO: The Unite the Right rally the next day, August 12, would engulf the city.
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GARCIA-NAVARRO: Sticks, punches, flying bottles. That morning, a year ago today, local residents, churchgoers and counterdemonstrators clashed with white nationalists and militia members. The police, trying to disperse them, and then...
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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: A car plowing through counterprotesters down this crowded street.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: A man drove his car into a group of counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring more than a dozen. Then-Virginia-Governor Terry McAuliffe later that day.
TERRY MCAULIFFE: And I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple - go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you.
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