Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency while the far-right groups and the counter-protesters were clashing on the streets in Charlottesville.

This declaration comes after the lawmakers on both sides of the aisle condemned the protesters because they are spreading hate and violence between oppositions. That lead to the local officials’ declaration of a need for additional resources in the college town in Virginia because the planned rally has grown violent.

Trump has thus far remained silent, while on his vacation in Bedminster, New Jersy. Fortunately, the first lady has spoken to draw a line between “freedom of speech” and violence.

See Melania Trump’s tweet below:

The fights began hours before the scheduled protest at noon at Charlottesville Emancipation Park. The white supremacists and the white nationalists along with the alt-right groups were scheduled to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Shortly before the rally officially began, the governor declared a state of emergency.

After the declaration, the police also declared an unlawful assembly at the park. They also began asking for the existing crowd to disperse.

In Charlottesville, the tensions have been high before the protest. There were men holding bats and clubs and wearing helmets. They clashed with each other in the streets, while the police did little to nothing to break up all the violence.

The state National Guard is also on standby. However, they were not in the area when the clashes broke out.

On Friday, there was a protest on the campus of the University of Virginia. That one also appeared to be connected to the one on Saturday. The event resulted in one person being taken away in handcuffs.

The Saturday protest also drew widespread criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. Everyone denounced the white nationalist gathering as being a display of bigotry.

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See the lawmakers criticism on Twitter below:

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