What I saw yesterday in Charlottesville

What I saw yesterday in Charlottesville, Free RepublicAltura Ct., August 13, 2017

As we approached noon the violence and shouting was prevalent. At this point the police started making the announcement on a bullhorn that the alt-right was having what had been declared an illegal gathering and that they must disperse or be arrested. They did nothing to contain nor restrain the left only the right. The right, who had legally obtain a permit to be there. They complied which I not sure if I was in charge I would have done, but that is another story. After this, while things continued to be chaotic people became more spread out and violence started to dissipate.

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I am not a writer but will do the best I can. I arrived about 10:30ish. Was actually surprised that I was able to find a parking space relatively close to Lee Park. In fact I thought that perhaps the turnout wouldn’t be as big as I was anticipating because I didn’t see much at first and I was only 5 blocks from ground zero but I was wrong. By the time I had walked one block toward the park the police presence was strong. Many in riot type gear. They had most streets and walkways blocked off funneling everyone into two or three entrances to ground zero. As I got closer to the park you could feel the tension. The Antifa presence was strong as was BLM. Didn’t see many ‘alt-righters’ till I got to the park. (One note here – I think some people were there just to watch. It also wasn’t always clear who was who.)

E Market St was the only way the police were allowing entrance to the park. The park is not huge. I’m guessing, but maybe 1.5 acres or so. It also is on a mound/hill so you have take steps up from Market St to get to it. There are two sets of steps up to the park from Market St. I was coming from the south. The northern entrance was for those protesting the removal of the statue and had been cordoned off as best they could. The southern entrance was for everyone else although most people in the park were statue removal protesters (alt-right). As I got to the park the crowds were already pretty thick. The northern entrance had some priest/religious figure locking arms with antifa and blocking the entrance. The rhetoric and name calling was heavy from both sides. By the time I got to the park it was maybe 10:45 with the event slated to start @ noon. It looked to me there were about 300-400 alt-righters up top at the park and maybe 1000 -1500 others on the street being a mixture of the left and right but mostly left. By noon I would say the total number of people on all sides had swelled to 4-5,000. I position myself at the southern entrance on top of a retaining wall alongside 3 or 4 reporters/photographers. There were plenty of BLM signs, African Flags & various left supporting banners/flags. Of course many signs spouting about hatred and Nazi’s too. The right had many Confederate Flags, various state flags & US flags, A Few Don’t Tread On Me and a couple I didn’t recognize. I’ve seen some pictures that show a few Nazi Flags/armbands but I didn’t see them. Not saying there weren’t there but again I didn’t see them.

About 11:10 or so a group of about 50-75 statue supporters were making their way down Market street toward the park from the South. As they approached the southern entrance to the park is when the first violence started. Bottles of water, balloons of paint and bags of urine were thrown at them from the crowd. When that happen the shoving started, fist were flying and people hitting each other with sticks. Of course the right stood up for themselves. Now I’m not saying some on the right wouldn’t be violent anyway BUT I can say for a fact they didn’t start it. Also the police did nothing to quell the violence. Once it started it went on for at least 30-40 minutes or more with crap flying every which way. Also within this 30 + minutes a second group of about the same size also made there way down the street and this just exacerbated the chaos.

In looking at the pictures I took I see there aren’t really any during this timeframe. I also wish I had taken more overall but all I know is if you weren’t looking up and paying attention you were liable to be hit. Crap was being thrown in all directions but in a general direction without care to where it landed. I myself stopped 6 bottles coming in my direction, one from hitting the photographer next to me in the head.

As we approached noon the violence and shouting was prevalent. At this point the police started making the announcement on a bullhorn that the alt-right was having what had been declared an illegal gathering and that they must disperse or be arrested. They did nothing to contain nor restrain the left only the right. The right, who had legally obtain a permit to be there. They complied which I not sure if I was in charge I would have done, but that is another story. After this, while things continued to be chaotic people became more spread out and violence started to dissipate. As a side note I didn’t see the vehicle thing.

I’ve never been in the middle of something like this. I found it fascinating & unnerving at the same time. In a split second things can escalate.

You can say what you want about those that were present on the right. They were there to speak to the removal of that statue and history. The MSM and politicians are railing on about the hatred and violence from the ‘white supremacist’ yesterday? But the left was full of vitriol & had no problem with violence even though you’d never know it from the press. I am not saying those on the right were all boy scouts but they had a right to be there and to have their right protected to assemble. Had the left not been there I am relatively certain no violence would have happened.

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6 Comments on “What I saw yesterday in Charlottesville”

  1. wingate Says:

    Thats the achievement of the BHO-gang during their illegal 8yrs in the WH and the Time after Mr Trump legally was elected…

    Leftist dictatorship and Chaos in the USA – Chaos Worldwide…

    Is someone trying to stop, put them in court and jail them ?

    No way – all the Americans fear the BHO gang – keeping in mind their body count….

    There is no more hope for the USA….

  2. wingate Says:

    BHO should be in jail Now – but those who gave him 8yrs in the WH give him the opportunity of a soon political Comeback …

    Unbelievable – tragical – Hopeless…

  3. IraB Says:

    ordinary commons sense americans (for lack of a more all inclusive term) have no effective leadership, with a coherent plan for rolling back the fiendish gains made by the movers and shakers from the radical leftist camp and their, “useful idiots”. I had hoped that Trump had an answer, but at present I see no sign of that. Instead, her and what seemingly passes for a diluted administration seemingly sit there like a bump on a log, as soros-obama-antifa does whatever it wants whenever it wants to, shielded by media, academia, government, and useful idiots. a very sorry state of affairs. hopefully, trump has an ace in the hole, to be played at an appropriate time. after all,yesterday in virginia was a tiny skirmish, i what is a long struggle. i haven’t abandoned hope that there’ll be better days to come…


  4. Since you guys have pretty much given up on the USA, here’s something to really opine about:

    Rouhani: Iran Prepared to Quit Deal, Resume Advanced Nuclear Activities Within Hours

    http://www.thetower.org/5329-rouhani-iran-prepared-to-quit-deal-and-resume-advanced-nuclear-capabilities-within-hours/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Tick Tock.


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