Left-Wing Agitators Tussle With Police and Media at 'Largely Peaceful' Vigil in Charlottesville
The city of Charlottesville on Saturday marked the anniversary of last summer’s violent Unite the Right rally with what the AP called "largely peaceful vigils," but the day ended with violent confrontations as campus radicals and antifa agitators, angry over the heavy police presence, clashed with the police and members of the media. A least a couple of scuffles broke out when left-wing agitators attacked a police officer in one instance and some members of the media in another.
“Why are you in riot gear? We don’t see no riot here,” student activists chanted Saturday evening.
Activists unfurled a banner that read, “Last year they came w/ torches. This year they come w/ badges,” before the pre-planned rally.
They chanted, "All cops are racist!"
More than 200 left-wing protesters marched to another part of the University of Virginia campus, where, the AP delicately notes, "many in the crowd shouted at officers in riot gear who had formed a line."
A one point, a couple of protesters scuffled with a police officer and knocked him to the ground. Another officer had to hold him back when he got back on his feet, as he lunged toward his attackers.
Protesters shouted things like, "Back off, dudes!" "F*ck you!" "You don't protect us!" and "All cops are bastards!"
Kibiriti Majuto, a coordinator for UVA Students United, told reporters that the students moved to another part of campus because they didn’t want to be “caged” in the area where the rally had been planned.