Torch-wielding white supremacists march in Virginia University

Marchers beat counter-protesters in Charlottesville, chant ‘You will not replace us’ and ‘Jews will not replace us’ ahead of large Saturday far-right rally

By Times of Israel staff and AFP

Hundreds of torch-wielding white supremacists marched through the University of Virginia campus, chanting racist slogans and clashing with a small group of counter-demonstrators.

In videos of the march, which lasted about 20 minutes late Friday, the far-right activists can be seen using the torches and ropes to beat the counter-demonstrators next to a statue of Thomas Jefferson.

Many of them chanted “White lives matter!” “You will not replace us!” and “Jews will not replace us!”

Several can also be seen giving the Nazi salute and using the Nazi slogan “blood and soil.”

Police intervened after some of the demonstrators were sprayed with tear gas. The march came on the eve of a larger planned gathering of far right and white supremacist groups in the university town of Charlottesville.

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