Protesters clash as White Nationalists marched with torches at University of Virginia

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UPDATE: A State of Emergency was declared Saturday afternoon as protests continued. Click here for the latest details.

White Nationalists marched with torches on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville Friday night.

The group chanted "one people, one nation, end immigration."

They held their rally around a Thomas Jefferson statue before clashing with counter-protesters.

In a statement, Charlottesville's mayor Mike Signer called it a "cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism annd intolerance."

UVA's president, Teresa Sullivan, condemned the rally and issued this statement Friday evening:

"As President of the University of Virginia, I am deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior displayed by torch-bearing protesters that marched on our Grounds this evening. I strongly condemn the unprovoked assault on members of our community, including University personnel who were attempting to maintain order.

Law enforcement continues to investigate the incident, and it is my hope that any individuals responsible for criminal acts are held accountable. The violence displayed on Grounds is intolerable and is entirely inconsistent with the University’s values."

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