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Protesters, journalists capture sobering images of racists marching in Charlottesville

Nazis, white nationalists, and other hate groups are marching in Charlottesville, Virginia ahead of a rally to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Hours before the rally was scheduled to start, racists streaming into Charlottesville have been marching through the city, where they’ve been met by counter-protesters. Shortly before 12 p.m. on Saturday, Virginia’s governor declared a state of emergency and the city designated the rally an “unlawful assembly.”

Governor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency to aid state response to violence at Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville

— Terry McAuliffe (@GovernorVA) August 12, 2017

ALERT: Unlawful assembly declared for rally at Emancipation Park #cvilleaug12pic.twitter.com/2OcchnDNFS

— Charlottesville City (@CvilleCityHall) August 12, 2017

President Donald Trump hasn’t commented on the situation, even though allies, critics, and family members alike all have as of 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, almost a full hour after the state of emergency was declared.

Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 12, 2017

The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 12, 2017

Mr. President?

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 12, 2017

Hell of a day for the President to forget how to tweet. pic.twitter.com/ABffmwwH8D

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 12, 2017

Throughout the last, tense 24 hours, protesters, citizen journalists, and professional journalists in Charlottesville showed us on Twitter what things really look like there on the ground. It started with racists holding tiki torches on Friday night, but escalated Saturday to marchers praising Hitler.

According to reports from the scene, violent clashes have broken out too.

Police are separating alt-right demonstrators, who are in the park, barricaded from protesters shouting “Nazi scum” pic.twitter.com/QBVZFJ1Bju

— Sheryl Gay Stolberg (@SherylNYT) August 12, 2017

Cops need to step in. This is getting out of control. #Charlottesvillepic.twitter.com/RpI8Y17eLZ

— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) August 12, 2017

Emblematic indeed#Charlottesvillepic.twitter.com/qTvTB3BpSa

— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) August 12, 2017

To those demanding photographic evidence of Nazi regalia in #charlottesville, here’s what’s on display before breakfast. Be safe today pic.twitter.com/sbdkgv9eD1

— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) August 12, 2017

Another group arrives. “Hitler did nothing wrong,” yells one member at a Black Lives Matter protestor. pic.twitter.com/smrza8sKr1

— C-VILLE Weekly (@cvillenews_desk) August 12, 2017

Now arriving in #Charlottesville is Daily Stormer, an alt right group. They pushed their way past clergy line. pic.twitter.com/BUXg8GTI6z

— Robert King (@RbtKing) August 12, 2017

Ahead of the rally, another group has joined – chanting “blood and soil” as they approach #EmancipationPark. #Charlottesvillepic.twitter.com/BcibSDB3MZ

— Craig Stanley (@_CraigStanley) August 12, 2017

Charlottesville madness.

📸 AP pic.twitter.com/u4VLcG7C2C

— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) August 12, 2017